I liked this one when I wrote it, and then as the weeks went past I forgot all about it. I read it again today in the magazine and I had a wee smile to myself. I always submit way too many words so some gets cut, but the rest is as I wrote it. And as much as folk want stick the boot into Trail for not progressing, there is stuff there that you wouldn’t expect “the orange body bags…”.
Banter fully intact once again. The slightly longer version is below.
- Torch. A Petzl Tikka XP and spare batteries. Add a Petzl e+lite for backup and the combined weight is still less than a standard headtorch.
- Shelter. AdventureMedicalKits Thermo-Lite 2.0 bivvy sack. At 196g it’s lighter and far warmer than the orange plastic body bags that traditionalists regard as vital equipment.
- Medical. I carry my own, with bandages, plasters, wipes, tape, water purification tablets, painkillers, digestifs and it fits in the palm of my hand.
- Food&Drink. I still take sandwiches but I mostly carry energy foods and drinks. From beef jerky to bars from High5, SIS and Honey Stinger. They’re small, light, tasty and their ingredients are natural. You’ll feel better on the move and be revived by these more effectively than breaking your teeth on Kendal mint cake. A Nuun tablet dropped in your water bottle at every refill will keep you hydrated and fresh.
- I always carry gloves and hat, my phone, a map and compass.