The bank holiday weekend already feels like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? Thankfully there is another one right around the corner. I have also just spent the week before this in the Lakes so I can’t complain really!
If you happened to catch my post before I went then you will know I was attempting a mini-walk starting from Staveley and finishing in Keswick. However, I only managed to complete half of this due to my partner in crime having blister issues. There are plenty more weekends to complete this so I will not admit defeat just yet. Nonetheless I thought I would provide a follow-up of my time away.
What did I take on the walk?
I managed to keep my belongings to a bare minimum and it was only my sleeping bag that really added weight to my backpack, which weighed around 1.5 stone (9.53kg).
I do not claim to be an expert walker (or rambler) by any stretch of the imagination but I did find the map reading, with just a weatherproof Ordnance Survey and compass at hand, both exhilarating and adventurous. Our route was tracked using Sports Tracker as it is the simplest fitness app that I have used to date. It is also free to download.
The boots I used for my trip were my Hi-Tec waterproof pair with my recently purchased avocado green Vango contour (50 + 10L) backpack. This bag has a lot of compartment space as well as little zip pockets for handy items such as change and a fluorescent orange waterproof bag cover which came in useful over the week.
My only qualm with the bag are the two side pockets as the stitching has already come undone after only holding a bottle of water. Needle at the ready! As you may notice in the photos below the hip and chest straps help relieve the weight of the bag; this makes a big difference on a long walk or hike I can assure you.
Beating the cold chill in the night!
Luckily I was sent some Heat Holders socks and a ladies thermal vest to help keep me warm during my trip. These definitely came in handy as the nights were fairly cold and as you might notice from my photos my tent is fairly basic so the extra layers were very much welcomed.
The thermal vest managed to successfully keep the heat in whilst the cotton fabric was ever so comfortable to sleep in. I typically layered one or two tops on top of it at night and this worked a treat. Paired up with the socks I was nice and toasty falling asleep under the stars. Ah, bliss…
These two insulating pieces made all the difference so a big thank you to Heat Holders. I know I have tried other supposedly thermal products in the past and these have failed to keep me any warmer than normal layers of clothing. How do you stay warm when camping? Any products you love? A basic hot water bottle always works a treat.
I have plenty of snaps from the trip but had to keep it to a select few on here!