I’m now ready for tomorrow’s 3+1 day walk on Dartmoor. The route will take me from Ivy Bridge to Okehampton. Timings are a little tight due to the very short days, but there is some slack built into the last day, thanks to the frequent public transport from Okehampton.
My main concerns for this walk will be the weather (cold and wet) and the fact that the Okehampton firing areas will be live on Tuesday. This will mean that I will need to pay particular attention to my navigation on that day!
Total kit load comes to around 15kg, which for Winter isn’t too bad.
The kit is pretty much my standard load out. The only real differences are the Water-To-Go bottle which is under review and the fact that I’m only taking one hiking pole.
Why only one pole?
For this walk the pole will be required for crossing streams and for ascertaining bog depth in the more marshy areas of the Moor. I don’t really see the point of carrying two of them as the hills in Dartmoor aren’t really tall enough or steep enough to warrant a second pole.
The weather is expected to be cold though, so I will be packing the winter sleeping bag, which is a RAB Neutrino Endurance 600.
Accompanying the Winter sleeping bag will be the RAB Neutrino Plus down jacket. This piece of kit is essential in the Winter and has kept me warm in some really cold temperatures. Just knowing that it is in the rucksack adds to a feeling of being prepared!
Food-wise, it is once again the usual suspects:
The three suppers consist of the following Mountain House Freeze Dried meals:
- Chili Con Carne
- Salmon Potato and Dill
- Chicken Tikka Curry
For the three breakfasts I will be eating hot fruit muesli, a wheel of edam cheese and a scone. This will be washed down with a hot coffee.
Lunch-wise, there are only two meals and these consist of Mulligatawny Soup with Cheddar OatCakes and a cheese spread.
The daily food allowance will also be supplemented with 4 Nature Valley bars, 4 Soreen mini-cakes and one coffee plus one hot chocolate. The exception to this is the last half day which only has 2 Nature Valley bars.
That’s it from me until late Tuesday – in the mean time have a good one 🙂