Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A trip to the Eastern fells

 So we finally managed to get Matt to find some time off that tied with a wknd ..a few brief messages and we agreed to do a trip based on ticking a few off Matts Wainwrights and to give us a chance to hear the stags,at rutt

A shot of the night sky on Saturday nite     

Lovely lakeland walls

Matt and Lee at camp

 Left to right Cuben Liar   Cuben Duomid  and Colin Tramplites shelter

 It was windy on the summit of Tarn crag but a few minutes from the summit got us out of the wind,it dropped later allowing us to hear the stags that were in full rutt....a great sound to hear from any wild camp

Always great to get that first morning brew on


Monday, 19 October 2015

A dogs life following my friend on his wild camps

Pertex & pile bed 367g
 So ive had a quite alot of questions over last few years about what i take for the dog,so thought id do a blog on what i take for my trusted side kick "Oscar the mountain dog "  

 So this is the bed he uses for 8-9 mths of the year,in summer he just sleeps on the brown rug,shown further down.Its a piece i cut out of an old army sentry style sleeping

Just a cheap travel style towel 67g    

   Oscar sleeps on this in summer and i throw it over the top of him (where it doesn't always stay) from when the temp gets too 8c ish and down to -2c or so

Cheap brown rug 191g

 Woooftub with 6" walls,Silnylon  133g

 So i asked Sean to make this for me it fits perfectly in one quarter of the Duomid and anywhere under the Trailstar,helps keep it all together and keeps a bit of draught off

 This is his winter matt 8mm reflective foam matt weight 214g

 This is an excellent bit of kit it stops the sleet getting into Oscars coat,which was always a problem as it would melt overnite at camp soaking his bedding ....worth every penny has lasted 5 winters of heavy use so far...Its made by Ruffwear too its called the Cloud chaser

A fleece coat that i only got last year this is only for when i know temp will be below -2c   weight 328g 

 This a bit of cheap 6 mm foam matt on the under side ive taped on a bit of space blanket to help it retain some heat ?  weight 85g

 Very important metal bowl 90g

 So another excellent bit of gear.Ruffwear Palisades harness and pack system,of the two available buy this one much easier to be able to remove the packs ( just 3 clips) for crossing fences/walls or those dog gates.
 The harness on its own is handy for winter too on the odd times i need to help on steep snowy sections or pull him out of a snow drift hes run into at 15 mphs and got buried ....he loves snow as much as his dad

The pack has been used since he was nearly 2 years old and used constantly up until last year when i made the decision to retire him from carrying his own stuff anymore.So its been used for 5 years the outer zips broke after about 4 yrs,but only from constantly being knocked and scraped against rocks,i glued them up and it still works,both the top pocket zips and both the main comparment zips still work perfectly

So thats it,hope it helps travels Peter and Oscar

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Custom inner

So after getting my s/h Cuben Duomid and then a cheap Alliexpress inner,seperate post on here,i wondered about making an inner that suited my needs once i had some figures in my head i decided to make a template/model that i could use to try and see how the fit would be in my Duomid,but with an eye to maybe being able to use it under the Trailstar too..

That done i exchanged a few emails with Sean about sizes and materials and costs ...this is the result 

The fit was exactly as i wanted it and as always Seans stunning attention to detail, no wonky Bearpaw sew lines here

Cuben used was .75 Oz    and 1.25 for the floor

I asked for just 2 zips but Sean said a T zip would work better,i also asked for a 6" tub floor 

I also bought a s/h porch tub off Lee Taylor this is also an older piece made by Sean

I may shorten it yet but need to try it with Trailstar first,,if it fits as i hope under Trailstar ill add those pics tomorrow

One of Pauls lovely peg bags in shot too

It is straight its just the GO-Pro thats made it look that way

Best too last,came in at under what Sean thought...very happy 

From the start the inner was designed for my Duomid,but i couldnt forget my true altered sizing so that it might work under the Trailstar too
At a pitch hieght of 52" it fit well

As the hieght is still smaller than the Duomid pitch hieght i had to use a loop of bungy cord too pull together the excess material,worked well 

Here it is with the Wooftub

And here with a bit off Cuben floor that i bought off Lee

Can be a bit of wasted space behind,i suppose i cud add a zip 

So this next bits a bit extra ive added to original write up,i used a brief spell in dry weather to see if i could get the fit better.I did this with pole at 48 "

As you can see still a little wasted space behind so i tried running the inner alongside one side of the Trailstar,it fit well 

So thats it may see you on the hill travels Peter and Oscar the mountain dog