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OMM Villain Rucksack

Received the new rucksack and its certainly as light as advertised. Emptied my Berghaus rucksack which was full and put the contents into the Villain plus a fleece and still plenty of room left which is just as well as I still have to get the sleeping bag and tent.

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Looking at walks near to Keswick for December and dependant on weather may opt for a walk to High Seat from Castlerigg where we stayed previously.

Heres a video of the proposed walk, although subject to change…..

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Thought Id defy the credit crunch and bought myself a new rucksack today for backpacking purposes as my 35+8L Berghaus Freeflow is just too small to comfortably fit what I’ll need for backpacking.

After reading rave reviews I opted for the OMM Villian 45+10RL MSC and at 1160g is almost 30% lighter than my Berghaus so should be a bonus on any multi-day trips.

 

OMM The Villain 45+10RL MSC

OMM The Villain 45+10RL MSC

 

 

 

Capacity – 55 Litres
An advanced mountaineering pack from OMM

FEATURES
Leanweight Chassis – puts strength where it is needed.
RL (Rugged Light), with 140gsm high tensile DyneemaTM fabric.
MSC – Multi Sport Compressor. Carries helmet, sleeping mat, snow shovel, wet clothing, bladder and more…
UGR – Universal Gear Rail. Carries everything from axes to poles to skis: see full list. Bladder carry in 3 positions: In internal back pouch, internal side pouch (accessible from outside by zip) or under MSC.
Naase cord – Compresses pack, holds trekking poles, tent poles on side or holds rope securely under lid.
Bottle carry – 2 angled stretch mesh side pockets – On The Move Accessible.
Leanweight can be achieved by removing: Multi Sport Compressor, axe/ski fittings, PlatformatTM, side pockets (one time removable without impacting on strength or guarantee).
Leanweight Link System already exists if you own one of these packs so you can buy the add-ons

Weight: 1160 GM

 

   

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Winter is here…

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A very cold Sunday morning walk this week and temperatures starting at 1 degree above freezing and as I set out from Leigh the snow was falling. Luckily beneath my many layers and tucked away within my hood I barely felt it.

 

The Leigh Sea Wall Footpath..

The Leigh Sea Wall Footpath..

 

Hadleigh Castle and most of the snow has gone...

Hadleigh Castle and most of the snow has gone...

 

 

 

As the walk progressed the weather changed back and forth, one minute snowing, the next torrential rain and finally sunshine !

 

All wrapped up...

All wrapped up...

 

Thankfully the low temperature kept the ground hard and kept the mud fest at bay.

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One idea for next year is to backpack into Ennerdale Valley from Ennerdale Bridge and then find somewhere to camp over night before walking onto Rosthwaite the next day.

Theres plenty of good fells along the valley including Haystacks and Pillar which would make for a decent detour on either day.

To get an idea of the possible valley walk take a look at the video below:

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Slim Airic Sleep Mat

Just received my new sleep mat from Alpkit.com who yet again send it promptly and with great customer service. Never dealt with a company that replies to every email promptly, very refreshing.  

 

Slim Airic next to my Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ion Mask Boots

Slim Airic next to my Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ion Mask Boots

 

 

Ive already got a “Fat Airic” (a sleep mat, not a condition), and its extremely comfortable as it should be at 7cm thick, but its unfortunately too large to backpack with. The “Slim” version is less than half as thick but all reviews Ive read have been very complimentary and Im looking forward to giving it a go.

Slim Airic

Slim Airic

The only negative I have on the Airic mats is the fabric being too slippery so camping on any kind of gradient does often result in a fight to stay on it as we discovered on a trip to the Lakes this year.

Slim & Fat Airics

Slim & Fat Airics

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Whilst being a nerd trying to work out what I need to buy for next year I came across this handy weight calculator which makes it nice and easy to choose what items to take and how much you will end up carrying.

 

Backpacking Weight Calculator

Backpacking Weight Calculator

So if you are as lazy as me and cant be bothered to set up something in Excel you can download it from here.

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