Author Topic: Formula for working out backpack weight?  (Read 1105 times)

alan de enfield

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Re: Formula for working out backpack weight?
« Reply #15 on: 12:16:37, 01/06/18 »
Wouldn't it be better to start further North so you are doing the Southern part during winter? Just a thought but I wouldn't like to be walking through the far north in January/February time. Apart from the extremely short days it is also much more remote than most other places in the UK.



I think that is a seriously good idea - in fact - why not start 'at the top' in September and work your way 'down' ? save the worst of the weather for parts of the country (hopefully) least affected by it.

Beth FF

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Re: Formula for working out backpack weight?
« Reply #16 on: 13:46:01, 01/06/18 »
Wouldn't it be better to start further North so you are doing the Southern part during winter? Just a thought but I wouldn't like to be walking through the far north in January/February time. Apart from the extremely short days it is also much more remote than most other places in the UK.
Good point, thanks. The only reason I thought of starting in Southampton is that I know the area a bit (so good for the confidence when just starting out), have family there that makes the start convenient, and a friend there who could join me for a day or 2, but there's nothing to stop me from starting in John o' Groats for example. The plan isn't set in stone so I shall seriously consider this, not that I mind walking in bad weather. Good thing is I have the summer to do lots of research so I make the journey as pain-free as possible  :)
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richardh1905

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Re: Formula for working out backpack weight?
« Reply #17 on: 09:07:41, 11/06/18 »

Thanks :) . Ah, I knew there wouldn't be a simple answer ;) . To give a bit more insight, my plan is to walk the coast of Britain, day after day, until I get back to the start point. I'll be walking all year round, but I won't be camping (I plan to scrounge a spare bed or sofa, or stay in B&Bs) so although I'll be taking clothes for all seasons at least I won't have to take camping kit and loads of food...which has made researching what size rucksack I'll need a little more difficult because articles assume multi day=camping.


I think that you might find it a bit difficult to scrounge a sofa at Cape Wrath, Beth!


Seriously, there are some pretty remote bits of coastline up in the north west of Scotland. There are strategically placed bothies, mind you, but you will need a sleeping bag and camping mat - and you cannot guarantee that they will not be full when you arrive.

richardh1905

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Re: Formula for working out backpack weight?
« Reply #18 on: 06:50:39, 12/06/18 »


I was thinking some more about your walk around Britain whilst shearing some sheep yesterday; you'll need to do a good 20 miles a day to get around in a year.


I would probably start in Bristol, and go anti-clockwise; that way you'll be on the South Coast during the winter, and be heading north as the days lengthen and the weather improves.


Regarding camping - by the time you are up in the really remote areas where you  might need a tent for a night or two (I'm thinking in particular of Cape Wrath and Knoydart) you'll be as fit as a fiddle, and the extra weight will be no problem. You could have an accomplice send on a tent, sleeping bag and camping mat to a willing B&B owner in Durness on the North Coast, and post it back once you get to Mallaig - or maybe by then you'll be enjoying the camping!


Regarding footwear - you'll be crossing some pretty rough ground in the NW of Scotland and I would recommend boots for this section at least.


Either way - good luck!
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Beth FF

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Re: Formula for working out backpack weight?
« Reply #19 on: 09:33:09, 12/06/18 »
@ Richard
As it will be some time before I get up to Scotland I'm not even thinking about the practicalities of walking the more difficult sections in the west at the moment. As you say, I will be considerably fitter once I get up that far (plus probably more confident) so may well have got my head around wild camping by then. Often I just need a bit of time to get my heead around something then I'm OK  :D

Regarding time frame, I'm not aiming to only take a year as I want to enjoy the experience, see some of the sights etc. At this stage the only plan I have is to walk from one RNLI station to the next and not do more than my body can cope with. For the next 3 weeks I'm supposed to be concentrating on writing my dissertation (1st class procrastination going on! :-[ ) but once that's out of the way I can calculate the distances between stations, what my likely daily mileage will be, how long I expect it to take me to walk particular sections, and consequently where the ideal locations would be per time of year.

I'm off to the physio on Thursday to iron out a couple of minor twinges and for a total body assessment to highlight any weaknesses so they don't turn into injuries. He can also help devise a realistic training plan for me and advise on mileage etc once I'm on my journey  :)

richardh1905

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Re: Formula for working out backpack weight?
« Reply #20 on: 09:19:35, 23/06/18 »
Good luck with the dissertation Beth. And do keep us updated with how you get on with your walk - I for one am interested.
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