Finally the day has arrived to start packing for the 4+1 day jaunt on Dartmoor tomorrow. Once again the butterflies of excitement are doing their thing!
I’m very surprised at the rucksack weight, as it is weighing in at a surprisingly light 16.7kg. That’s for 4+1 days in the wilds with Winter Kit! That has to be a record for me! As an added bonus, the rucksack will just keep getting lighter as the days go by.
Compared to my previous Snowdonia trip where I had started with around 20kg, that’s an instant weight saving of around 3kg.
At first I thought I may have forgotten something, but this isn’t the case. It seems the main contributing factor to the lighter weight is a much more realistic food load.
The Gorp is gone for this trip, I will be solely relying on Nature Valley Bars, FlapJacks and Soreen Banana Fruit Loaves for the on-the-move snacking.
The menu for each full day is:
1 x Fruit Porridge premixed with powdered milk
1 x Fruit Scone
1 x Cheese Wheel
1 x Coffee
6 x OatCakes
2 x Salami slices
2 x Chorizo slices
1 x Cured Ham slice
1 x Primula Cheese
1 x Random Soup
2 x Random Fuizion Meals
1 x Hot Chocolate
4 x Nature Valley Bars (Various)
2 x Chocolate Flapjacks (wanted black-current but these were not available :/)
2 x Soreen Banana Fruit Loaves
Given that the first and last days are short ones, I am anticipating some spare supplies, even with this load out.
Other equipment changes are a new map-case.
It seems that map-cases never last very long with me – they always break along their velcro seals. This time around I have bought a much sturdier case, which I hope will last more than the two trips that the previous one had lasted for.
Also along for the ride are a pair of finger-less gloves with over-mitts. I bought these as I like the tactile feedback of my fingers when using kit, but on the other hand (pardon the pun) I also like keeping them warm. So these gloves/mitts seem like a great compromise!
Other than a few minor last minute things I have to attend to, everything is green for tomorrow. I can’t wait, almost 5 days away from civilisation!