What I carry when outdoors

When going for a ramble or a more serious walk I tend to carry the same things in my rucksack.

I’ve always used ‘mental systems’ so that I remember things. For the great outdoors it’s:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Communication
  • Navigation
  • Emergency
  • Photographic

Let me break that down for you.

Food 

Pasties, sandwiches, fruit, nuts, chocolate.

Water

Plain water to make a brew with the Jetboil and some diluted squash. Occasionally a bottle of beer for summit celebrations!

Shelter

Thermal smock, waterproof, hat (baseball and woollen cap), gloves.

Communication

iPhone. Very occasionally Motorola Radios if there’s more than just me.

Navigation

Map, compass, GPS (Satmap Active 10 and mapping app on iPhone). Route card. Occasionally guide book.

Emergency

Petzl head torch, Leatherman, whistle, lighter (Zippo).

Photographic 

CCS camera bag or Lowe Pro depending if more than one lens is taken. Camera, spare batteries and CF Cards. Cleaning cloth and blower brush. Remote release. Tripod (Benbo Trekker or Manfrotto).


 

I’ve just ordered a new rucksack…a black version of the Berghaus Ridgeway…I’ll keep you  informed…

http://www.berghaus.com/ridgeway-65%2B10-rucksack/421583.html

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In the doldrums 

I’ve been in the photography / walking / camping doldrums for a few years now. Must be an age thing.

I used to be a very keen fell walker and have done it since about 1983.


  

Anyway, I’ve snapped out of that now. I’ve just prepped my new Berghaus Crusader rucksack for this years adventures.


And I’ve bought a new OEX Lynx tent for some camping adventures!

And I’ve sorted out the camping kit.


Let the adventures begin!

A great walk up Great Hill

Even though I’ve lived in Bolton since 1988, I’ve never ventured up Great Hill.   There is a Wiki article about it here…

On Saturday 11 April 2015 I got up nice and early, packed my rucksack and set off for White Coppice, which is about 12 miles from my house.

Once I walked through the cricket ground, I crossed The Goit and started the easy ascent.

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The views East were fabulous…

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It was a lovely fresh day, not too hot, not too cold, a ‘Goldilocks’ day…it was great to hear the Skylarks as I meandered along…

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Before long, I was at ‘Drinkwaters’

Drinkwaters Farm was so named because of a nearby spring which still flows, rather gently, just below the path from the summit of Great Hill. Not far from the farm ruins is a small, discrete memorial to a local fell runner, Joe Whitter (1939-1991).

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Joe, a member of Wigan Phoenix, was one of Lancashire’s true fell running characters well known for his ultra-distance runs over these moors. The spring at Drinkwaters was used regularly by Joe and his companions on Sunday morning runs. The February 1992 Fellrunner magazine contained an obituary where it was observed

“Joe Whitter was one of those essential characters that make fell running what it is. The Anglezarke Moors will be a poorer place without him and he will be sadly missed. Typically, Joe requested his ashes be scattered on the moors he loved, and there are many fell runners who will now be unable to run past Drinkwaters on Great Hill without remembering him.”

Why “Joe’s Cup”?…if you carefully remove a stone or two, all will be revealed!

The path to Great Hill and the summit were easily visible from here…

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And before long I was on the top!

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The views all around were fantastic!  There was a bit of wind chill which made the temperature drop a bit…but the walk was very enjoyable all the same.

One of my photographs taken on this trip was used as a backdrop for the Granada Weather Reports on Monday 13 April 2015.

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Fame at last eh?

All in all, a great little walk up Great Hill

The story behind the Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair image

It was a boiling hot July day in 2005 when I parked up at the car park in Glen Torridon and removed my kit from my car boot

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I stooped down to fasten my tripod to the side of my Berghaus Crusader rucksack.

Rrrrriiiiiiiippppp – my pants split from my waistband to the bottom of my arse cheek on the right hand side.

After due consideration I decided that I couldn’t really continue walking up Coire Dubh Mor with my pants flapping about and my undercrackers on show, so…

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I put all my kit back into the boot of the car and drove along Glen Torridon to Kinlochewe where I found a walking kit store. After carefully choosing some pants that actually fit I jumped back into the car, drove back to the car park and started all over again…

I captured this image at the end of a wonderful walk…

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