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.
With the arrival of some new gear,the opportunity to test it out was chosen to be Wednesday night.
A return to Buachailean had been planned for a night walk,but a nights camping was a better idea!
18:00 hrs. After work we headed down to Toward,parking at the forestry’s Ardyne car park. We were soon on route to the summit (346 mts).
19:30 hrs. Once on the summit the weather allowed us outstanding views over Bute to Arran as we set up camp.Once camp was established it was time for a well earned ‘refreshment’as we watched the Bute ferry shuttle back and forth and the sun setting to the West.
Dinner was in the form of spicy rice and chicken,pre-packed chicken tikka and the mandatory super noodles ( midnight snack!).
01:00 hrs, it was time to retire to our new sleeping quarters. For me,my Rab Ridge Raider bivi ( now known as the crisp packet) and for Jamie to his Gelert Solo tent.
06:00 hrs, up and about. Taking time for a coffee and a few pictures before packing up and starting the walk back to the car park.
Moon over Bute and Arran
Sunset to the West
The idea of a microadventure is the brainchild of adventurer Alastair Humphreys, see his site HERE for more details. Basically leaving work,loading up,heading out for a night under the stars/clouds and returning to work the next day. Taking minimum equipment with you and returning with an experience you’ll never forget.
I’ve been unfaithful………I’ve been exploring other areas!!!
A wee mid week paddle to Loch Etive to visit and stay over at Cadderlie Bothy.
Launched at Taynuilt and headed on our 4 mile paddle. Tad on the windy side on the way out and the biggest waves I’ve encountered yet…..all good fun.
Fuel: Surrounding woodland.
Altitude: 17 mts
Bike friendly : 10/10
Pics from the trip……..
The paddle in
Saturday morning and again I was heading to Loch Eck. This time with a purpose…to find a spot for a nights camping. There’s a couple of large beaches on the Loch,but was looking for something different.
Also wanted to try out my new stove ( Vango Ultralite,73gms) ,have had it for ages and testing it in the garage just isn’t the same.
The beach has great views and usually has on side that’s sheltered from any wind, or the options to head into the trees.
After the beach stop I headed North to the River Cur just to give the arms a work out…….looks like alligator territory up there!!!!
Whilst paddling I did notice some areas of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed growing!!! Having received an email from a member of the local walking group to record any locations I got some pictures and reported back. Hopefully the organised group will be able to treat and eradicate the problem on the shores.
Looking forward to the next visit to this beach……maybe even with the tent.
Oh,almost forgot. 360 degree video of beach
01/12/13 A trip out for a look at Mark Cottage Bothy.A bothy owned and maintained by the MBA.
We set off from Ardgartan on a 7 mile cycle to Mark Cottage. The return was the route reversed, giving a good 14 mile trail ….enough for a Sunday morning. In the clearances there are great views of Loch Long, both North and South. Also en route to the Bothy, there are numerous road side waterfalls.
The reason for the visit was prompted by further plans to visit the Bothy by kayaking from Ardentinny. Suitable landing points were found close to the bothy and there’s enough fallen/dead timber lying about for that all important fire.
A great bothy, the first ‘real’ bothy I’ve visited. Well laid out and kept clean by previous visitors and maintained by the MBA.
Planing to go back with kayak, but prior to that a wee winter sleep over could be on the cards. Either biking or walking, no matter what way, it’d be worth the journey. 🙂
Fuel: Fallen timber in the area.
Altitude : 12 mts
Bike friendly : 10/10
One of the roadside waterfalls
Map of Cowal.
As you can see there’s lots of areas to explore. Lochs,Sea Lochs,Coasts and Hills
The Cowal Way is a 57 mile long-distance walk that runs the length of the Cowal peninsula. From Portavadie
The route was devised by Jim McLuckie of Glendaruel and Colintraive Community Council.
See my report on completing the Cowal Way in a day, HERE.
Just started to compile a list of useful links, suggestions welcome 😉
Clicky here for more info….
A one night stay on the shore of Loch Eck
A 5km walk from Benmore Gardens car park get you to this great wee spot. Also accessible by bike or landing on the beach with your kayak/canoe.
In no time the tents were up and the scavenge for wood begun.
Fire lit, it was time to savour the luxury item. To save weight on the return journey we made sure it was empty.
Banter,BBQ and a roaring fire…..that’s what it’s all about.
An overnight stay on a clear calm Kilbride Hill
A short walk from Dunoon can provide some great views over the Firth of Clyde and surrounding area. We chose Kilbride Hill due to it close yet remote location. A plateau at the summit provides a great location to pitch a tent/bivi/shelter.
View from the Summit 396mts…..
The night drawing in……
The now demolished Inverkip Chimney in the distance
Stunning Sky looking North
Home for the night
Rising with the Sun…..