I finally have my mitts on the two critical pieces of winter kit that I’m going to need for my Black Mountains hike.
One is a 4 season sleeping bag, which I will need in a few weeks time as my 3 season sleeping bag was struggling at -5 degrees C last time I was out.
The other item of winter kit (and a first for me) is a Down Jacket. These are jackets filled with Goose Down and constructed using similar techniques to sleeping bags. The end result is a jacket that is exceedingly warm, but also very light and very compressible for stowage in a rucksack. This will be used when I’m camped up at the end of the day to help retain body warmth. This is always critical in camp as one is generally not moving much, so the body is not producing the heat required to stay alive in very cold temperatures.
These items, along with my new boots – which actually seem to be partially broken in at the cost of only one blister – mean that I can now tackle my next multi-day walk in a few weeks time with confidence.
I will post more about my other walks last year including the epic 4.5 day Dartmoor walk, but it’s finding the time! 🙂