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Two day walk via Fountains Fell to see the Cloud Inversion

Really great weekend wild walk, with stunning views of the cloud inversions over Ribbledale and the Ribble Valley. Short report and pictures are to be found https://westonfront.wordpress.com/2021/12/21/inversion-a-two-wild-walk-to-the-summit-of-fountains-fell/ https://westonfront.files.wordpress.com...
by westonfront
Tue Dec 21, 2021 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Two day walk via Fountains Fell to see the Cloud Inversion
Replies: 0
Views: 129

HydraPak Stow - One Litre Soft-Bottle - Review

I found a two litre bladder cumbersome so after some reading around I tried out a HydraPak Stow which is a one litre 'soft bottle' and it is working well for me.

Full review at : https://westonfront.wordpress.com/2021/10/04/hydrapak-stow-one-litre-soft-bottle-bladder-a-review/

Cheers
by westonfront
Wed Oct 06, 2021 9:02 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: HydraPak Stow - One Litre Soft-Bottle - Review
Replies: 0
Views: 219

Kinder Scout - Circumnavigation

Don't you just love it when the weather is better than the forecast! Our bet paid off last weekend in a long awaited walk around the rim of Kinder Scout and the Edale Valley

https://westonfront.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/kinder-bueno/
by westonfront
Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:52 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Kinder Scout - Circumnavigation
Replies: 0
Views: 154

For Sale : Hilleberg Niak (Excellent tent / condition)

I am moving from a two man to a one man tent as Mrs W now prefers her creature comforts. Thus my excellent Hilleberg Niak (two pole dome) is up for sale £625. Excellent condition More info at https://westonfront.wordpress.com/2021/07/15/hilleberg-niak-for-sale/ or also on Gumtree at https://www.gumt...
by westonfront
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:50 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: For Sale : Hilleberg Niak (Excellent tent / condition)
Replies: 0
Views: 311

Hilleberg Enan - long (ish) term review

So now I've had my Enan for a year, and between restrictions managed 14 nights away in it, in a variety of weather conditions I'm in a position to give an pukka experience based review: See https://westonfront.wordpress.com/2021/04/14/hilleberg-enan-long-term-review/ https://westonfront.files.wordpr...
by westonfront
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:22 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Hilleberg Enan - long (ish) term review
Replies: 5
Views: 1499

Re: Thermarest ProLite Apex - review of a UK winter rated pa

Update : My first post lockdown trip away tells me that the pad is good to at least -7C :-)
by westonfront
Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:20 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Thermarest ProLite Apex - review of a UK winter rated pad
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Re: Thermarest ProLite Apex - review of a UK winter rated pa

Hi A-K My sleeping bag is a North Face Blue Kazoo, from the late 90's so when North Face were an outdoor equipment manufacturer not a leisurewear / fashion brand. Today the Blue Kazoo is rated to -9C, back then it was -15 C comfort and -20 C absolute. wrt to the structure of wholly air pads, it was ...
by westonfront
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Thermarest ProLite Apex - review of a UK winter rated pad
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Thermarest ProLite Apex - review of a UK winter rated pad

I bought a ProLite Apex with the naive expectation of being able to get out onto the fells over this winter. But being a 'man with a new toy' I had to find a way to try it out, so I waited for a cold nights and headed out into the wilds of our back garden to test it out at - 3 C and again at -1 C. h...
by westonfront
Thu Mar 11, 2021 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Thermarest ProLite Apex - review of a UK winter rated pad
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Re: Knoutberry Haw and Tarn Rig Hill

Hiya, what's the going like underfoot up to Tarn Rig Hill? I know the northern flank is really boggy (it's part of AW's Pennine Journey) but how about the S side which your photo's cover. They make it look like firm rough grassland

Thanks in advance
by westonfront
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:37 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Knoutberry Haw and Tarn Rig Hill
Replies: 1
Views: 308

Tent Fabrics Options - what are their good and bad points...

A number of fine folk, here and elsewhere, asked if I could follow up my article on tent design with something similar on tent fabrics. It took some research, but my first draft is now available. My aim, as before, was to give an objective overview of all the options which is free of marketing hype ...
by westonfront
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Tent Fabrics Options - what are their good and bad points...
Replies: 0
Views: 209

Re: Comprehensive Tent Design Review

Hello again A number of fine folk (from here and via other routes) asked if I could follow up my article on tent design with something similar on tent fabrics. It took some research, but my first draft is now available. My aim, as before, was to give an objective overview of all the options which is...
by westonfront
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:17 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Comprehensive Tent Design Review
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Re: Double pegging / back staking

That made my smile Marty. I've seen those Delta pegs and pondered them for a coastal walk I have in mind. On said walk it's likely that I'll need to wild camp because I want to get out as soon as it's legal and that's likely to come before the campsites are allowed (or choose) to open. Looking at my...
by westonfront
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Double pegging / back staking
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Re: Comprehensive Tent Design Review

https://westonfront.wordpress.com/2021/01/21/backpacking-tents-a-comprehensive-design-review/ Great article. That said, the old triangle of "low weight, lost cost, high quality - pick two" becomes "pick three" thanks to 3F UL Gear and Naturehike. Thanks Marty - perhaps I should ...
by westonfront
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Comprehensive Tent Design Review
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Re: Comprehensive Tent Design Review

Thanks for the feedback Mal. Much appreciated Looks like I'll stick with my view that the best compromise design is still the dome. 60 mph is pretty harsh though and uncommon even on fell tops. At that point I'd either have a geodesic or be finding a wall or boulder to pitch behind
by westonfront
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:14 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Comprehensive Tent Design Review
Replies: 7
Views: 831

Double pegging / back staking

The cheap, easy, low tech solution to getting more hold for your guys in strong winds or easing the pitch of your tent if you are pitching solo in the wind. It seems to be a technique used many years ago but forgotten by folks today, including myself until my memory was prompted by an Antarctic Surv...
by westonfront
Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:10 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Double pegging / back staking
Replies: 5
Views: 662
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