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Another_Smith

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #30 on: 12:44:14, 16/10/17 »
Sometimes when I watch westerns I often think would it be better if rain jackets were designed with an attachable 'skirt', because I dislike waterproof trousers intensely, such a faff!! I use a rain skirt at the moment which  personally prefer.

A skirt that collects rainfall and keeps your water bottle topped up and sheds any extra water? Now I think you might be on to something!

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« Reply #31 on: 14:41:56, 16/10/17 »
Actually, your idea may have a lot of merit. Immediately after I had my prostrate removed I had to suffer the indignity of having a catheter for about 10 days, the worst few days of my life! The fluid bag was strapped to the lower part of my left leg. Lee Marvin wore one in the film Point Blank. So having a small water bottle strapped there instead, fed by the jacket 'skirt' rainwater could be a life saver emergency water supply!

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« Reply #32 on: 00:21:00, 17/10/17 »
I generally use a rule of thumb of 1kg a day for food, and thats freeze dried stuff.  I also try for 3-3.5K Kcals a day. 

14kgs of food + 4/8kgs of water would have me thinking at the start.

I doubt you will lack water on the Pennine way in march, a filter is a much better idea I would think.

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #33 on: 12:52:35, 17/10/17 »
Food us a tricky one in that you just can't get the weight down no matter how.much you spend.

I typically got for instant porridge for breakfast, oatcakes and cheese and chorizo for lunch and flavoured couscous with chorizo for tea. Couscous has the advantage of requiring very little cooking time s saves fuel. Hard cheese and chorizo are fatty and very calorie dense. However for 2 weeks that's gonna get boring and give you scurvy I suspect.

Depends what you want out of.the trip. If it's a challenge to get there totally self sufficient then you gotta carry a lot of food weight. If you're doing it to enjoy yourself then stopping off to get food or insanely welcome pub meals would make sense.

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #34 on: 13:33:02, 17/10/17 »
Fortunately the PW passes near a pub or a cafe on many of the days. I always take the opportunity to eat a meal or buy snacks if they are open. It all depends on the timing. Mondays can be a problem as some have that day off as they were open at the weekend.

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #35 on: 20:45:06, 17/10/17 »
I generally use a rule of thumb of 1kg a day for food, and thats freeze dried stuff.  I also try for 3-3.5K Kcals a day. 


That's high, I generally take about 500g per day which gives me around 2000 Kcals.


Only ever carry 1 litre of water at a time and just fill it up as and when I need to. As I've a thing about wilderness I don't tend to walk in areas with intense farming so streams and rivers are pretty clean. I think farm yard waste and agricultural chemical run off would more likely to be a problem on the PW than in the Highlands or Lapland. You could always just ask locally if you could fill up your water bottle I've never been refused when I've asked.   

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #36 on: 13:28:47, 18/10/17 »
Study the route as to where you will go on the pw, like if you stop at crowden on the first day, there is a camp shop that does pizzas amongst other stuff so carrying 14 days worth of food is crazy. i did my pw last april startin the 2nd so cold weather and snow up high were my real concerns but apart from torrential rain the first day it was ok weather. I started out with a 14kg pack as carrying all my equipment too but it was real hard graft until i got to gargrave and met the wife who i could get rid of a few things. My gear consisted of rab walking trousers( not waterproof as i found out that first day) regatta insulated trousers which helped keeping me warm on my first wild camp up above lothersdale( it was very chilly), merino long sleeved top that was worn everyday and never washed, some days it was all i had on, on the top. One thing for a large rucksack( i have a osprey aether 70) is that it helps shield you from the elements. I have a rab coat(not sure which) but it was mega warm, even when pished wet thru i was warm wet. ha. My salomen boots are passed their best, not the greatest of grip in the wet and for the 1st 5 days they were wet thru, so having dry socks to put on is a godsend. I went for a sawyer mini water filter to save weight but only used it once as could buy water en route. Ive also got a jetboil which is FANTASTIC at boiling water but a bit of a pain at warming up soup as you need to constantly stir, i have now bought a little pan set which enabled me to cook the wife a lovely fillet steak and boiled pots high up at gregs hut. My sleeping bag wasnt ideal and if i had the money i'd get a fancy sleep under the stars type of one(under a tarp obviously). Vango tempest 200 tent was used which did the job but rather heavy( had big budget restraints) and also stupidly i didnt buy/couldnt afford any type of sleeping mat, which was one of the biggest regrets. Hope some of this helps!!
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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #37 on: 17:28:56, 19/10/17 »

Always difficult on comment on such a list as you have already invested in gear. Appears to me you have a lot of jackets. [font=]Jackets/rain gear-I go with a Zpacks Poncho, Patagonia wind shirt; Montbell thermawrap jckt; Rain wrap-total 609gm.[/font] I have done the PW, and many other LD walks,there is a good rhythm of towns on the PW to resupply for food. A lot of the PW is in Yorkshire and there the water even comes from the sky the water around is brackish but drinkable when filtered/treated. I carry a litre and water up along the way as required.
You should be warm enough walking. At that time of year they will be long nights you need to be sure you are warm enough in camp. I cannot see Toiletrr bag, pooh kit,a techy bag for battereries, phone chargers, torches.
I would do shake down hike a month before of 100 mile with all the gear to get faith and confidence that you can succeed with your kit and fitness.

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« Reply #38 on: 11:52:32, 20/10/17 »
 A lot will depend on the weather.If we have a March like we have had in recent years you might get away with gear more suited to late Spring.On the other hand you might be hit by snow storms,very high winds and ice and require crampons,ice-axe,snow goggles and survival equipment.

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #39 on: 08:34:54, 11/11/17 »
I just walked the PW to Horton in Ribblesdale (wildcamping) and found that pubs and shops shown on maps are not always open, or open when you pass through, so make sure you know your possible supply points.
I took a water filter and only carried up to a liter. Bottles are easier to refill, I never used the bladder.
A rollmat under your inflatable mat will keep you much warmer. I found I lived in my thin overtrousers as everything was so wet, they are nice to wear and kept my trousers clean and dry. In winter I find thin gloves with goretex overmitts works well, or buffalo mitts. I don't think your bag is too big, if you like then use it, mine is 60L ( but very light).




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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #40 on: 09:34:40, 11/11/17 »
I just walked the PW to Horton in Ribblesdale (wildcamping) and found that pubs and shops shown on maps are not always open, or open when you pass through, so make sure you know your possible supply points.
Yes, I can sympathise with you there.  I remember a few years ago we timed our walk so we would arrive at the pub at Helwith Bridge around lunch time.  When we arrived there feeling absolutely famished we found that it was closed.  We weren't very happy!

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #41 on: 11:52:34, 11/11/17 »
To add insult to injury my new-ish cooker broke...thank gawd for weetabix and kabanas. When I got to Malham I followed my nose to the nearest cafe  :)

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #42 on: 12:10:58, 11/11/17 »
And there is a lovely one in Malham, with signs saying walkers and muddy boots welcome  :)
Where there's a will ...

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #43 on: 16:02:09, 11/11/17 »
It's difficult to get specialized dehydrated food along the PW - I  only recall two specialist outdoor shops (in Hawes and Alton). To reduce your starting weight you could always make use of the Post Office's Poste Resterant service and post supplies up trail for collection when you pass.

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Re: Pennine Way Winter Gear List
« Reply #44 on: 12:26:43, 27/11/17 »
There are rain wraps/skirt/kilts on the market. Had my ULA rain wrap for years after US trip; weighs a couple of ounces. Lighter ones at Zpacks .