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Mr Postie delivered a Travel Tap today from Back Packing Light. Fairly simple design, a water bottle with a filter built in, fill the bottle with your dirty water put the lid/filter back on and pour the filtered water back out.

Travel Tap Water Filter

Travel Tap Water Filter

 Apparently filters up to 1600 litres before it auto shuts down, so should last a long time, and produces 100-400ml of filtered water a minute.

 

Travel Tap Water Filter

Travel Tap & Bag

Travel Tap Water Filter

Bottle Bag and Filter

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Took a 6 mile walk today around the Benfleet Downs and Hadleigh Castle Country Park with a fully loaded rucksack to get the body used to carrying the weight.

Pausing below Hadleigh Castle

Pausing below Hadleigh Castle

The weather was beautiful and in stark contrast to the wet and cold day yesterday. On the way back I took a break on the downs and could very easily have taken a nap and would probably have fallen asleep in the warm sun had I not needed to get back !

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Hadleigh Castle

The OMM Villain rucksack was comfortable and relatively light considering I had everything I’d need for a nights wild camping, however with my fleece and coat packed it was a very tight fit and Im going to have to be very selective what I take. Im considering buying the add on for the villain which clips on the front to give a little more space.

 

OMM Villain Rucksack

OMM Villain Rucksack

OMM Villain Rucksack

OMM Villain Rucksack

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Backpackers Club

I have joined the backpackers’ club this week in preparation for the coming spring/summer. If its good enough for Chris Townsend then its good enough for me !.

The Backpackers Club

The Backpackers Club

 There are a couple of really useful benefits to the club, one being a list of farm campsites and the second a list of camping locations along the long distance paths in the UK. Im hoping to do the Lake District part of the Coast to Coast at some point this year so having some recommended places to pitch will be handy.

At £12 for membership you can’t go wrong.  www.backpackersclub.co.uk

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Over the weekend I received a pack of the Terra Nova 2g titanium tent pegs just to ensure I have spares but thought Id better get some more heavy duty pegs to supplement them. This morning I had delivered a 6 pack of Alpkit’s spikes to use with the Laser Competition tent in addition to the titanium pegs just to give me a little piece of mind. Theres something reassuring about their 22cm size and think they will be useful in poor conditions although they are far heavier at 33g a spike.

Alpkit Aluminum Spikes

Alpkit Aluminum Spikes

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Alpkit Wee Airic

Today the postman brought me two Alpkit Wee Airics in the post, which go with my Fat and Slim Airics to make quite a collection! 

 

Alpkit Wee Airic

Alpkit Wee Airic

The main purpose of these is actually for my kids and in particular my daughter for when she comes camping this summer, however Ill certainly consider the possibility of using one in the warmer months. Im not overly attracted to the thought of using a three quarter mat to be honest as Im a man of comfort but prepared to give it a go and it would be nice to save the 250g or so and reclaim some pack space.

Product summary

Specification

  • Weight (gr): 495
  • Dimensions (cm): 126 x 51.5 x 2.5
  • Factory Packed size (cm): 53 x 7
  • Realistic Rolled size (cm): 53 x 8.5 or 28 x 10
  • Mini Diamond Ripstop

www.alpkit.com

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Despite it being Mother’s Day still had plenty of time on my hands today and with a trip to the Lakes looming in April I wanted to go through some of the gear. I decided to give the Jetboil another go and have to say I’m really pleased with it. Its not the lightest nor the smallest but it is convenient for just boiling some water up easily for rehydrating food.

Jetboil

Jetboil

I’m not a tea drinker and wont be cooking food so no need for pots pans or mugs so it suits me to a, er tea (e). I may well buy a pocket rocket and a kettle at some point if theres any major space saving as the rucksack is fairly tightly packed but I dont think there would be.

Home from Home....

Home from Home....

Shortly I’ll get to use all this stuff a little further than the back garden!

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Lovely Sunday morning and an early “Mothers Day” lunch combined with a lay-in and rather than go for a walk as intenended I thought Id put the tent up in the garden for a bit of practice. My neighbours must think Im a bit odd though putting the tent up in the back garden every week! It really does feel straightforward now and with the pole cover already attached certainly is a lot quicker than before.

 

Laser Competition and Alpkit Airics in the garden

Laser Competition and Alpkit Airics in the garden

I thought Id also get my alpkit fat airic out as Ive not used it since last summer and whilst Ill not use it too often wanted to make sure it was ok. Possibly shouldnt have however as I forgot just how thick and comfortable it is! Pointless for backpacking as it would require a porter to carry the thing as whilst its not heavy it packs down to the size of a dustbin ! However for car camping it will still have a purpose and certainly it will come if I take my daughter away for a quick nights camping. 

 

Alpkit Fat and Slim Airics

Alpkit Fat and Slim Airics

My only gripe is the fact I spend a lot of time blowing up these self inflating mats. The ‘fat’ version is far better but the slim one really does require manual inflation when its been packed tightly. Fortunately by its nature theres not too much to inflate….

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