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YOU could be drinking from this very mug, sculpted from the finest Funky Pigeon clay (no pigeons harmed in the making of this mug) and emblazoned with an image from one of my walks.
All you need to do is ‘Like’ this on Facebook ( Explore Cowal) , ‘Favourite’ on Twitter (@explorecowal) or leave a comment on here to be entered into the prize draw.
The draw will take place on Sunday the 4th January 2015.
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Here’s to a great 2015. 👍🍻
“Cowalfest offers a 10 day festival during October. This annual Walking and Outdoors Festival is one of the largest and most varied walking festivals in Scotland, with more than 80 walks led by expert and knowledgeable walk leaders.”
Cowalfest started today and tomorrow I’m taking part and joining a walk to Succothmore……….
“This walks starts with a short forestry section then opens out onto farmland, followed by a lovely glen walk. A hidden waterfall is passed before the ascent on a rough track beside another waterfall, which leads to higher ground with extensive views of Strachur and Loch Goil and visit the site where an American airplane crashed in 1949.”
Sounds like a walk with lots to see!!
Pics and wee report on my return.
Plenty of other walk and activities on this week, check out the website, click here for further details.
Just been selected to test out a new app/software for iOS on behalf of Viewranger. Should be interesting as I use the current version and it’s impressive as it is.
With my urge to try and cut down on my kit weight, in addition to my newly acquired bivi I’ve now added a tarp. A versatile and simple bit of kit that can be set up in a variety of configurations.
It’s from Alpkit and is the Rig 3.5 Solo version.
Spec as follows……
Open dimensions 2.4 m x 1.4 m
stuff sac): 270 g
Stuffed size: 8 x 10 x 14 cm
33d sil PU Cordura – Lightweight and strong
16 Re-inforced attachment points – 4 lifters, 12 edge tie downs
Stuff sack included
This brings my sleeping arrangements to 1kg or there about’s, shaving almost 1kg off my original tent weight.
Whether a shelter from wind or rain,to cook under or protect your gear from the elements the Tarp is a great addition.
With the setting up of the Tarp there’s a few basic knots that are worth learning ( I had to), these make setting up, adjusting and dismantling easy.
The Prusik allowing adjustment to line tension by sliding and the Bowline as a fixing loop.
A few quick examples I tried, with use of walking poles as support.
That’s me all set for another wee adventure. 😃
If lightweight gear is your thing, this forum and it’s members have all the info you could ever need trek-lite.com
Trying to shave some weight of my camping gear….easier than shedding it off myself!!
Just bought a Rab Ridge Raider bivi coming in it at 800gms it’s a kilo lighter than my Vango Banshee tent. Not that the Banshee is a tonne weight, but if carrying over any great distance the Raider would be the choice.
The thought of a bivi that basically rests on your face put me off spending the night in one. But with the Raider and it’s support pole, this is negated and gives a less claustrophobic feel. The built in mozzy net even keeps the midgies out, which means you can still enjoy the views.
Was also looking for a lighter sleeping bag than the 4 season one I’ve got, so as a cheap lighter alternative I found a Snugpak Travelpak2. Weighing in at 1100gms with a comfort of 2 degrees, for £35 thats not to bad. This also has a mozzy net built in!!!!
So far that’s almost 2 kilos off what I’m carrying. Plan to add a tarp for a more versatile set up,giving a changing/cooking area. Hopefully that’ll only be 500gms at most.