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Welcome / Re: Good Morrow All!
« Last post by Ralph on Today at 02:03:26 »
I must add that there are other benefits to joining B'packers Club such as the quarterly magazine. all year round b'packing trips, monthly meets and the Farm Pitch Directory.
Bargain!
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News and Articles / Re: Farewell old pal. A moral dilemma
« Last post by Addingham on Today at 01:59:19 »
At what point do we decide a dog is "too old", today, tomorrow or the next day?  Am I too old today, tomorrow or will I be too old the next day?  None of us know the full facts, why decisions are made and decisions are very easy with HINDSIGHT, and a knowledge of "IF ONLY.......", but all feel we are experts and know better than the poor chap who had to make an awful decision.......I took my dog on the fells, mountains, long distance walks right up until the day before he died, which happened to be at home.  Had it been the day before, he would have been in the hills,.  Not only was he elderly, he was blind, but only I can know whether I made the right decision to take him in the hills each day...all I know is he had many years of happy life doing what he loved the most....walking the hills and fells with me.  I know that if I had to make a decision like this poor chap, then from my armchair I really don't know what I would do and would only know at the time by being there.


Farewell old pal.Just going through this myself and sad Chippy RIP. I agree with your sentiment entirely.
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Heard on the grapevine today. The RAF have officially today put in an objection to this project. Now that may carry some severe weight. Hopefully.
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Anyone heading to Knoydart.
« Last post by Addingham on Today at 01:42:39 »
If anyone is thinking of going to Knoydart the bridge over the Carnach river is being removed.
https://www.mountaineering.scot/news/important-knoydart-bridge-closed
Hopefully it will get replaced sometime soon but until then you'll have to wade across. In the past people have drowned trying to cross this river at this point.


With a proper bridge? Thx. That damn thing was a nightmare even my dog would not use it. Did a wade instead.  ;D
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Welcome / Re: Good Morrow All!
« Last post by Ralph on Today at 01:31:37 »
Wondering Wanderer, you say that you are starting to put gear together.I would  consider  joining The Backpackers Club as you get discounts at many gear shops & online. Membership is 15 yearly (7:50 cons). An example is Cotswold with 15% off. Hope this helps.
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Gear / Re: Vaude Power Lizard Gul 1 person tent
« Last post by Ralph on Today at 00:48:41 »
I hope  you enjoy the  Nordisk, I have had the Telemark 1 for over 2 years and for weight and ease of pitch I can't fault it. It  has sheltered me in some heavy wind & rain and so far so good.
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Gear / Re: A question about waterproof clothing
« Last post by stubill on Today at 00:05:39 »
This is my understanding of GorTex clothing.


The DWR is applied to the outer fabric by the manufacturer, this is a first defence against water ingress, and to allow the GorTex membrane the best chance of working to it's maximum.


After a while the DWR wears off, and needs to be re-applied, you'll know when this is as water will no longer bead on the jacket and roll off.


Before you re-proof the jacket it's best to wash it in Tech Wash, sometimes after a wash, and a tumble dry (on low) will be enough to reinvigorate the DWR for a while, if it does need re-proofing I wouldn't use the Nik Wax wash in, as I think it blocks the pores in the GorTex, and stops any breathability it has, use the spray on stuff and only apply it to the outer fabric.


That's my take on it, and I've been doing this on my waterproofs for years, other may have a different idea though.
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Gear / Re: Vaude Power Lizard Gul 1 person tent
« Last post by Gadabout Bounder on Yesterday at 23:31:25 »
I have a Crux X2 Storm that has been used extensively over the last couple of years (on Ebay now) but weighing in at 2.9kilos, also a laser Comp 1 (on Ebay now) - never been in the laser and it has sat in a rucksack for all the time I have had it.


I have had another tarp set up but it's not for me.



I managed to find a Nordisk Telemark LW2 for a reasonable price and is the reason why I don't need the other two


I never took the Crux on a wild camp - just too heavy.


The Laser was more a back up but I just never used it.


The Nordisk, I believe will give me the best of both tents, with some compromise on only having a 3 season tent but with footprint attached coming in at 1300g and I can have a virtually perfect pitch in about 1 minute.


Inner, fly & footprint in one go - attaching the footprint is a modification seen online - similar price as the Vaude.


A long time ago I had a Vaude Hogan and that was a fast set up as well, all in one go, a factor in purchasing the Nordisk - If I don't get on with the Nordisk I would have a serious look at Vaude again.


Good luck in your choice
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Gear / A question about waterproof clothing
« Last post by Steve922 on Yesterday at 23:30:22 »
I've just bought a GoreTex jacket. The salesman also sold me a Nixwax treatment for washing  and reproofimg after wearing for a while. Sounds a good idea but...
If Goretex is waterproof, why would it need re-proofing? Ever?   Also, I gather some Goretex clothing has a DWP coating on the outside to improve waterproofness.  What is going on here?
   BTW, the extra treatment which I bought (for 7) is in two bottles: NikWax  Tech Wash  and NikWax Wash-in.
    If Goretex is waterproof and breathable, why the extra treeatments? Either DWP or NikWax ?
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General Walking Discussion / Anyone heading to Knoydart.
« Last post by Owen on Yesterday at 23:03:27 »
If anyone is thinking of going to Knoydart the bridge over the Carnach river is being removed.
https://www.mountaineering.scot/news/important-knoydart-bridge-closed
Hopefully it will get replaced sometime soon but until then you'll have to wade across. In the past people have drowned trying to cross this river at this point.
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