This months column is pretty simple, the basics of lightweight cooking and eating on short trips. There really is no need for carrying a lot of heavy shite unless you’re away for ages or going really high up and have to use liquid fuel. Simplicity and quick cuppas are where it’s at.
There’s plenty other stuff as well this time. That bloody photie on the contents page for example. Tom Bailey was snapping away as I’m staring down into the bivy perhaps trying to appraise the comfort of my man parts, I put my head up and laughed out loud “Ha! Ye cannae use that wan!”. No they used the next one of me saying that. Still, no metal fillings in there.
The “First Time…Lightweight” feature was what I was down in the lakes for last month. We camped near Angle Tarn, East and 500-odd meters above Patterdale. It turned out I knew the subject of the article from the LFTO forums: Dave AKA Snowman1. After a detached phone and email relationship with the magazine it was nice to see how tall people are. I felt it all went well, and the trip is pretty well explained in the article. What of course gets missed out is the hours of hanging about, shooting the breeze and learning about new people. GT and I didn’t fight about trail shoes, Claire tuned into my Scottishisms very well, poor Tom was the only one who did any work and Dave was bouyant throughout. Day Two’s plan of High Street was curtailed and we walked down in the pissing rain and went back to Ambleside where we ate a hearty cooked breakfast.
Reading through, I can’t really fault or disagree with the content. I maybe come out as a bit lairy and extreme in some of my perfectly pedestrian notions, but it’s all relative. I was well within in my comfort zone, had the best nights sleep and my socks were dry by the time my kettle had boiled. I could have carried less, but I didn’t know what destination to pack for so went for “Munro top camp”, and all the weights mentioned include water, fuel, food and actually everything we weren’t wearing at the start.
It was interesting, good fun and for me it was good to break out of the column format. Talking about the gear is important, but actually doing it (with a big bloody grin) is what it’s all about.