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Lake District / Re: Lake District for 2018
« Last post by John Murphy on Today at 14:43:16 »
I have never been to the Lakes. Driven past them on M6 loads of times!

I am looking to schedule in a trip for 2018.
Is there ever a quiet season (outside of School hoildays), in the Lakes from March onwards?
Or is it just generally busy most of the year around?


Generally busy most of the year unfortunately.
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Peak District / Re: Mount Famine and Kinder Scout
« Last post by nesty on Today at 14:39:17 »
Nice blog!
I did the same walk a few weeks ago.
Where the Pennine way (with Kinder scount behind you) veers left onto jacobs ladder. Went straight on.
I wanted an alternative way back to Hayfield.
When the stone path expires towards south head. The path became very boggy indeed. In fact one step, the bog went up to my mid calf!
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Gear / Re: Bivi bag camping, do you?
« Last post by Another_Smith on Today at 14:38:43 »




The price has put me off though


If I remember rightly I got mine in a sale from some online retailer a couple of years ago, cost about 350. Not cheap but I saw it as an investment for me and others I go away with.
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Gear / Re: Bivi bag camping, do you?
« Last post by John Murphy on Today at 14:30:01 »

I have the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 (a mouthful I know  ;D )


https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/tents-shelters-c25/all-tents-c148/copper-spur-hv-ul-2-tent-p6728


The lighter you go the more you spend due to the materials used unfortunately but I can highly recommend this tent, be wary where you pitch though as the thin material could rip. I use the footprint too, still very light and comfortable for 1 or 2.


 ;D ;D  Just had another google and that tent came up on my search ;D ;D


The price has put me off though :o
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Gear / Re: Bivi bag camping, do you?
« Last post by John Murphy on Today at 14:28:21 »
A friend posted a tarp/bivy review on Youtube. You can see it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yxSDZKpCmY
The DD Superlight tarp looks very good.


Just looked at the video. The old tarp system would be a nightmare for me. The new system much better. I have a Terra Nova Lazer and by using only the outer have a perfect tarp set up. Just as light as actually using a tarp ;)
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Gear / Re: Bivi bag camping, do you?
« Last post by Another_Smith on Today at 14:28:04 »

Blimey! That is light for a 2P tent. Can you tell me it's name? When I look at 2P tents they all seem to be over 1.8K.


I have the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 (a mouthful I know  ;D )


https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/tents-shelters-c25/all-tents-c148/copper-spur-hv-ul-2-tent-p6728


The lighter you go the more you spend due to the materials used unfortunately but I can highly recommend this tent, be wary where you pitch though as the thin material could rip. I use the footprint too, still very light and comfortable for 1 or 2.
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Lake District / Lake District for 2018
« Last post by nesty on Today at 14:23:10 »
I have never been to the Lakes. Driven past them on M6 loads of times!

I am looking to schedule in a trip for 2018.
Is there ever a quiet season (outside of School hoildays), in the Lakes from March onwards?
Or is it just generally busy most of the year around?

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Gear / Re: BARGAIN THREAD
« Last post by kinkyboots on Today at 14:17:05 »
Altberg Mallerstang 3-4 Season Boots Size 9 Narrow Fit @ 25 (Aberdeen area)

https://www.gumtree.com/p/clothing-boots/hill-walking-boots/1272084720

They're a few years old but look to have hardly been used. Flexible crampon compatible and ideal for winter hillwalking. RRP of current Mallerstang is 214.99

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Gear / Re: Bivi bag camping, do you?
« Last post by Roburite on Today at 14:16:54 »
A friend posted a tarp/bivy review on Youtube. You can see it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yxSDZKpCmY
The DD Superlight tarp looks very good.
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Gear / Re: Bivi bag camping, do you?
« Last post by fernman on Today at 14:13:58 »
For a start I bought the small Alpkit tarp, I could not find a way to keep it fully over me in a freestanding position, I just didn't have the knack to erect it properly. When I did use it I felt that I was just 'too close' to nature, and my imagination ran riot, mice and the like. I did like however the ability to open my eyes and 'see' the world around me. For my own comfort I realised that I am a person that needs to be enclosed!

Thanks. That sounds similar to why I wouldn't like it. Although being enclosed in a one-man tent is slightly claustrophobic, I do like to know that it keeps out four-, six- and eight-legged creatures. There have been times when I've left my flysheet and inner tent unzipped in warm conditions only to find a big black slug inside in the morning. When it's lashing down with rain I feel snug and cosy in a tent, knowing I'm not going to get splattered from it bouncing off the ground or blowing in under an open edge, and you're not likely to get wet from puddles forming in the grass around you.

I would also need to keep my boots dry, safe and in a secure place. I never leave them outside my tent, just in case they 'walk' in the night!

Last but not least, when in the Bivi where would I put my rucksack? Again, I would need it to be dry, safe and in a secure place?

I certainly wouldn't dream of leaving my boots outside, they're usually quite wet and there's a hope that they'll dry just a fraction under the flysheet. I've also read that foxes are fond of taking footwear. As for my rucksack, though, I have left that outside my tent on many occasions when it's not expected to rain, along with my walking poles.
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