In order to avoid the dreaded midge in Scotland, I have decided that August’s walk would be nearer to home. I had thought of doing Dartmoor again, but I realised that I hadn’t actually ever been to Exmoor! Hence the choice of destination.
The walk is much nearer to civilisation than I would like, so may require some stealth camping, though I will have to make that decision on a day by day basis.
One difference between this walk and the others that I have done, is that it will be one of the first ones that will include a coast walk. If the weather holds out, this should provide a decent ending for the walk.
The kit has been mustered and packed. Overall weight is 14.37 kg which isn’t too bad for 3+1 days. I expect the final weight to drop to around 12 kg or so once the food has been consumed.
I do have concerns with two items of my kit. Namely the RAB eVent Bergen and the Salomon Boots. Both have leaked on me in the past, so I’m going to be very wary of their performance. In terms of their future, the expectation is to have both items of kit replaced in time for my September Cairngorms walk.
The kit I’m taking is my standard load out with the exception of the water bottle and gas canister…
Water-To-Go have very kindly sent me a sample bottle to test and review in the field. So for this walk I will be relying on their bottle for all my fresh water needs! Once I get back I will post an in depth review as to how the bottle performed.
For the gas canister I had to settle for a Primus one as my usual outdoors retailer had run out of JetBoil canisters. I didn’t think this was a problem until I started packing. It seems that the Primus canister is a tad taller than the JetBoil one as it does not fit within the stove for packing. As such, I’m having to carry it separately, which means wasted space in the rucksack.
Food-wise, I am again taking a standard load out:
Three breakfasts consisting of:
- Fruit Muesli
- Cheese Wheel
- Cup of Coffee
Two light lunches consisting of:
- 5 x Oatcakes
- Cheese Spread
Three evening meals consisting of:
- One of: Chicken Korma, Chillie Con-Carne or Chicken Tikka large sized freeze dried meal
- Cup of Hot chocolate
- Cup of Coffee
In addition each day is supplemented by on-the-go food which consists of:
- 4 x Nature Valley Cereal Bars
- 2 x Sorreen Mini Banana Rolls
- 2 x Sorreen Mini Malt Loaf
The above menu is a food load out that I have refined over many years that seems to suit my particular metabolism.
So that’s it for me, I will be off the grid until late Tuesday next week – have a good bank holiday folks! 🙂