Archive for August, 2006

Platypus 4 Litre Water Tank

Monday, August 7th, 2006

The Platypus Water Tank provides a lightweight, flexible, durable, and economical way to carry large volumes of water. Ideal for backpacking, camping, and canoeing, they flatten for convenient and compact storage when empty. About £18. Worth getting the 4 Liter one instead of the 2 Liter, just so that you can hold more water in one go.

http://www.cmmonline.co.uk/items/default.asp?id=10230056
(link correct at time of posting)

It does a good job at holding the water and not leaving it tasting of plastic as some of the cheaper square water carriers do. However with no side handle it can sometimes be vaguely difficult to pour water, although that’s only a little niggle.

Khyam Mckinley Tent

Monday, August 7th, 2006

The Khyam Mckinley Tent has the same rapidex system of erection as my current Khyam Igloo, but basically has a much bigger porch which I would love to have for storage of gear. My Igloo’s now probably about 10 or 15 years old, so it’s about time I upgraded and this is the tent I’d like to get!

Update: Ok, so we’ve got this tent now, it finally leaves the pages of “Kit Wish List” and comes here! – Only used it once so far right at the end of the 05 season, but it worked really well… it was a very wet weekend, and it coped really well with the raid, much better than my Igloo which is pretty dead really. It was also great having a big porch to sit in while it was wet out.

More: Used it quite a few times now… It’s still coping well with water, however most people (including us) will likely want to use the side door to enter the porch… this is fine in the dry, but if the tent is wet then the water will poor off the roof into the porch as soon as you open it. What a pain!! – There is a front door on the tent and I don’t think the problems would be so bad using that door… or you could cover the side entrance with a Tarp.

Thermos Ice Bound 12 Can Cooler (Blue)

Monday, August 7th, 2006

With this summers hot weather, and the need to keep milk from going off so that we can have a nice cuppa tea, it was time to get a cooler. We decided to go for a Thermos Ice Bound 12 Can Cooler bag. As the name suggests, it’ll hold 12 cans… or is quite large enough to hold bottles of Stella etc. You can pop some ice in it and it’ll keep things cool for a couple of days. The base is seamless so if water leaks it’ll hold it tight.

I got mine from Somerset Camping and Caravans for about £7 and been very happy with it!

TNF Blue Kazoo Sleeping Bag

Monday, August 7th, 2006

I’ve just got one of these (link correct at time of posting):

http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms/opencms/tnf/gear.jsp?site=EU&model=AZF6

Only used it once so far, but can’t wait to use it more once the weather turns a little colder again… being a Down bag it should compact up smaller, be lighter to carry and be warmer… my other sleeping bag was sometimes a little cold to sleep in (i’m qutie a cold sleeper). The only thing to note is that vaguely damp Down is fine, but does smell somewhat.

TNF Adrenaline Gore-Tex XCR Mid Mens Shoes

Monday, August 7th, 2006

I’m very much after these:

thenorthface.com

My 15 year old walking boots are pretty much at the end of their days now… and these would be a great replacment, a little less high brow as full on walking boots, so better suited to days camping with walks to the beach!

Camelbak Reservoir Omega 2ltr

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Ok, so I have a daysack with a pouch in the back of it to take a water reservoir… so I’ve brought one of these here Camelbak ones to store me some water for when I’m on a nice long walk. I’ve also added the following upgrades:

CAMELBAK ERGO HYDROLOCK
CAMELBAK BIG VALVE COVER

That should make my walking trips a bit better in the hot sun! (All links correct at time of posting)

Berghaus Cubic 25 Daysack

Monday, August 7th, 2006

I got a Berghaus Cubic 25 Daysac for Christmas… it’s a great 25 liter rucksack that lets me carry spare rain gear and lunch to work when I walk in, and is big enough for short trips away and as extra bags for camping. It’s a good bag for around £20, nice and basic, and has an internal bladder pocket for something like a Camelbak or Platypus reservoir hydration system. However for an extra £10 or £20 you may want to consider going more up market, looking for things like extra straps on the shoulders etc.

Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket & Epic Pant

Monday, August 7th, 2006

I got some money for Christmas from my brother, so I decided to update from my older rain jacket and rain pants to something slightly posher… and as they were on sale from Taunton Leisure I decided to go for Mountain Hardwear Epic Jacket & Epic Pant (links are likely to break I’m afraid!).

I’m really happy with them… they certainly are great at keeping the water out, and are very light… however the jacket is very short compared to what many of us Brits like to wear… this is great for people who ride bikes, or for those who have very big rucksacks, however for the normal walker the jacket really is a little too short and your jumper is likely to stick out the bottom and get wet… you’ve been warned!! Why did I get it? Cos it was on sale and it’s a great coat even with that shortfall. The trousers are good, they have zips that come 3/4 of the way up which makes getting them on and off easy with your boots on.

Hudson’s Field Campsite – Salisbury

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Hudson’s Field Campsite is situated on a large open space on the fringes of Salisbury City, about a miles walk from the centre. It’s run by The Camping and Caravanning club which means it’s well looked after by the Site Managers. The loo blocks were nicely looked after and cleaned regularly. When we registered at reception we were given maps of the local area and a map of a nice way to walk into the City, which was a nice touch.

It was fairly average on price… until you take in to account the “Additional non member site fee” of £5 which does bump it up a little (unless obviously you’re a member of the Camping and Caravanning club) and puts a slight sting into the tail… but still worth it for it’s centeral location, whilst remaning quiet and peaceful.

Rynys Camping Site – Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Rynys Farm campsite occupies a peaceful and scenic location in the Snowdonia National Park, about 2 miles from the village of Betws-y-Coed. It’s next to Conwy Falls and near enough to Betws-y-Coed for you to visit a pub, the railway, or the many camping related shops. Obviously this is a good base to use if you want to walk up Snowdon.

The campsite is nice and quiet, with fairly basic, but clean and good facilities. You may not be used to paying for showers, but they’re so cheap that for the benefit of having an electric shower, I was very happy to pay.

All round, good campsite, and good prices – recommended.