I have returned from a long, mind expanding day at college where I’m renewing some certificates. Making the adjustment to being a wean again takes a wee while. Your writing skills go out of the window in our modernistic lives it appears, so that’s been fun. Still, it’s a good bunch in my class and I’m neither the youngest nor the oldest, the tallest or shortest in the group, so I remain anonymous. Aye…
Anyway, I have returned home to many boxes of joy which have come forth via vans and men with chits to be signed.
The SPOT tracker is here. I’ll look at it properly tomorrow, but it is really small and light. And orange.
The good folks at Lyon Equipment have supplied some vital pieces of kit from Exped. #1 is the Synmat 7, a synthetic insulation filled sleep mat, winter weight. I’m taking the hit on weight to have a good and warm night sleep. The pack size counters the weight gain though, it’s about the size of two magazines when it’s folded up. I just hope in fits in the sleeping bag sleeve.
Other Exped-ettes are a dayglo green sack liner from their new “Bright Collection” for nightime kit searches and a Bergen Liner. This is for sticking my sack inside when It’s lying outside the bivvy bag in weather which is as yet uncertain. Not going on the WHW, the DryBag Pro is a wee bit of genius which I’ll cover in detail soon. It’s a 300g, 25L waterproof rucksack with a clear stripe to see the contents, minimalist backsystem and compression/attachment bungee patch.
I’ve also done the grocery shopping with Expedition Foods. I want to try some now, they all look damn tasty. No that’s a lie, they sound damn tasty. “Chicken Tikka” Ingredients: Rice; onions; tomatoes; chicken; cream; vegetable oil; tikka masala curry paste; yoghurt; cornflower; garlic; chili. 130g dry weight. “Porridge with Strawberries” (note they spell porridge the right way as well) Ingredients: Porridge oats; single cream; whole milk; brown sugar; freeze dried strawberries. 124g dry weight.Reads an awful lot better than most of the stuff on the shelves for the tenty gastronome.
I wanted to get some miles on the legs tonight as well, but dinner at the folks, fannying about and endless cuppas have knocked that on the head.