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Gear / Re: Tent Comparisons
« Last post by fernman on Today at 13:51:26 »
You two have obviously married the wrong women  ;D .

I had those problems years ago when we were bringing up sprogs and I was the sole earner - you've got a rucksack, what do want another one for - but not any more. All of my income and a lot of hers goes into a "household" account that is used for bills and food, but a fixed amount is transferred monthly to my personal account. So she doesn't see what I spend on outdoors gear and I don't see what she spends on her exotic holidays out of her own account.

The long and the short of it for me is that I could reduce my pack weight by spending hundreds of pounds on lighter tent / sleeping bag / rucksack / clothing / other bits of equipment, but I feel it would be extravagant (I said on page 1 of this thread I'm a tight old git) and anyway I don't have that amount to spend in the first place. So, I stick with what I have for now, only looking for something lighter if a replacement is essential, or if something hugely less weight comes along that is within my budget. 
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Some years ago, i remember watching a programme on the running of the National Trust, and the particular purchase and maintenance of a large building somewhere in Surrey.
I forget the name of the property or its location,  but the trust blew nearly 42M in the restoration of this property, but treated their staff with contempt. :o


The two gardeners looking after the property, who had been in the Trusts employment for many years, were in dire need of new equipment, because their spades, and the rest of their gardening portfolio, were way past their prime, and one of the gardeners had to use tape to mend the handle of his shears.


Every time they asked for small amounts of cash to buy necessaries, those in charge pondered for several months, until eventually a small cheque was issued to buy the much needed supplies.


The properties trustees, all National trust senior management used to spend their committee meetings in this very plush hotel, wining and dining at considerable expense, and writing cheques for the property in the millions, yet the staff had to wait months to receive basic equipment costing very little.


The point i am trying to make, is that the National Trust are asking the 350,000 or so visitors who visited Pen Y Fans  Pont Y Daf carpark, last year, to cough up around 300,000 to maintain the heavily eroded paths up the mountain.


Had i not seen the waste and burocracy of the National Trust, then i may have thought that the asking the public for handouts was justified, but my mind has been changed.




I know the National Trust have to maintain a considerable number of stately homes and other properties, so their coffers are not a bottomless pit, but that television programme some years ago, opened my eyes, on the vast sums of  money that they casually spend on single properties, as well as the significant expenditure that goes on wining and dining.


Will i be digging deep to maintain Pen Y Fan ?  maybe not.
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Gear / Re: Tent Comparisons
« Last post by alan de enfield on Today at 11:21:00 »

Are you looking for a more minimalist pack weight?


Any weight saving has to be beneficial


My thoughts would be that if your comfortable with it that is your choice but if you can carry all of that and cut the overall weight in half or more is there any reason why you wouldn't?


None


The argument that to cary 12 kilos your legs don't notice I don't really agree with, try with 6 kilos and you will notice a difference at the end of a big walk or a bit of ascent, no matter who you are.



My 25 litre (2-3 Day sack, including tent and sleeping bag, but without food & water) comes in at 5.75kg

Some would say that has a bigger cost but if you are looking for retail therapy and have a couple of quid to spend I'd be all over that pack - I just wouldn't tell Mrs Bounder and any receipts for 'what this old thing, I've had it ages' would be well and truly binned


I am a 'Master Black Belt' in waylaying the postman / carriers. Things are becoming less difficult now SWMBO has her own Paypal account & is going wild - she purchased 5ks of nettles this week for 25.  NETTLES - NETTLES as if we don't have enough of our own !!!!!
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Gear / Re: Tent Comparisons
« Last post by Gadabout Bounder on Today at 10:48:30 »
Are you looking for a more minimalist pack weight?


My thoughts would be that if your comfortable with it that is your choice but if you can carry all of that and cut the overall weight in half or more is there any reason why you wouldn't?


The argument that to cary 12 kilos your legs don't notice I don't really agree with, try with 6 kilos and you will notice a difference at the end of a big walk or a bit of ascent, no matter who you are.


Some would say that has a bigger cost but if you are looking for retail therapy and have a couple of quid to spend I'd be all over that pack - I just wouldn't tell Mrs Bounder and any receipts for 'what this old thing, I've had it ages' would be well and truly binned.
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Peak District / Re: Langsett, Pike Lowe, and Mickleden Edge
« Last post by pleb on Today at 10:36:49 »
Good stuff  O0
I did summat similar last summer, from the car park.
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Gear / Re: Tent Comparisons
« Last post by alan de enfield on Today at 10:24:50 »

Retail therapy would be changing the rucksack and sleep system. [/size]


That's a lot of rucksack - 56 pounds is about 25 kilos - what are you carrying that weighs that much or was that till you got fit and now you've cut that weight?


For daily fitness walks I've now dropped the weight down to 41-42 lbs, (which I am comfortable and happy carrying on the lanes and tracks around us - just enough to get a 'sweat on' and keep the body weight in line and I can maintain an average of 3.5 mpg) of which food & water is around 13lbs and there are all sorts of 'bits and bobs' thrown in to make up the weight.


 When on 'proper' multi-day hikes it is re-packed with whatever is necessary for the conditions / duration and is generally 5lbs+ lighter.


Weights are :
Rucksack : 1.7kg
Tent, Sleeping Bag, Mat, Footprint : 4.08kg
Stove, Gas Cartridge, Pots, Pans Bowls, Cup, Cutlery, Washing Up Kit : 1.42kg
Change of Clothing, Hat, Gloves, Washing Kit, Gaiters, Camp Slippers : 3.38kg
Bits & Bobs (1st Aid Kit, Trowel, Loo Paper, Radio, Kindle, Multi-Tool, Solar 'Battery Bank*' & Leads, Torch, Head Light, GPS, etc etc). :2.22kg


Total 12.8 kgs (28lbs)


*Solar Battery bank weighs 234g and will re-charge my Kindle, GPS, Watch,  Phone, Head Light, Torch & power the USB Tent Lamp
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Gear / Re: Recommend Garmin Topo Maps
« Last post by sussamb on Today at 09:50:24 »
That'll be the issue.  The .img file needs to be in a folder named Garmin :)
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Gear / Re: Recommend Garmin Topo Maps
« Last post by 24803202 on Today at 08:50:33 »
I did. I have installed an SD card, named it Garmin tried dragging the .img files into it.

I think I have just realised what I have, or more importantly haven't done, I haven't created a folder called Garmin. I am at work, trying to remember the steps I did last night so I may be flannelling. I will have to have another look tonight.
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Lake District / Re: TR Wild Camp on Silver How Sat 17 to Sun 18 Feb 18
« Last post by April on Today at 08:21:17 »
Fab news sunnydale, I hope you enjoyed Eccles Pike  O0
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