Every week we seem to keep saying that autumn has finally set in and summer, (or whatever that thing between spring and now is really called), has left us, but for two weeks running now we’ve had glorious sunny Sundays with the London Rat Race taking place in glorious weather and then Sunday just passed being one of those blue sky days to remember where we were in the Lake District. Of course, the day beforehand we were sure the apoclypse was on the way and the racers taking part in the Dirty Weekend Adventure in Grizedale, Cumbria were wondering whether arks or kayaks were being supplied during the race.
I’d been feeling rough all week so decided to skip the race and spend a nice weekend with Mrs L in the same area. After a non-event for us on Saturday other than some Adventure Driving on the Lake Districts flooded, narrow roads, we had a glorious little ride up to Skiddaw House above Keswick and around Lonscale Crags. Just wish I’d brought a bloody camera!
Just looking forward to the OMM now and thinking about kit.
Here’s the kit list with my current ideas:
Rucsac – OMM Adventure Light 20
Tent – Polaris Eventlite or Vango Ultralite 200
Sleeping Bag – Macpac Epic 300 or OMM 0.5SSL
Sleeping Mat – Balloon Bed
Full length tights – Skins or iRule Whistlers if weather really cold
Baselayer top – Helly Hansen Lifa Versa
Underwear – Smartwool boxers
Fleece top/warm layer – Patagonia R1 pullover ( or howies NBL Baselayer
Waterproof Trousers – OMM Kamleika (250g)
Waterproof Jacket – OMM Kamleika Jacket (400g) or Smock (300g) – need to decide
Windproof – Depending on conditions I’d probably like a Pertex Quantum Gilet but who makes them? Montane do a Pertex Microlight one…
Hat – Smartwool Training Beanie(40g) – If weather really shit then perhaps need Paramo Balaclava or Lowe Alpine Mountain Hat
Gloves – Smartool Liner Gloves
Socks – Smartwool Running Light Mini Crew (44g) or Bridgedale X-Hale (30g)
Shoes – Inov8 MudClaw 330
Headtorch – Hmm tricky one do I need enough light to navigate in the dark or just enough light to see around the camp? We have a late start so will have to think carefully about this. Choices are a Petzl Tikka XP (95g) or getting something like a Petzl eLite (27g)
Stove – MSR Pocket Rocket (86g) and some tin foil for wind break
Pans – 2 x foil takeaway dishes (12g) and some tin foil for lid
Other kit – 3 x sealable food bags. Spork. Ear plugs. Casio Altimeter Watch. OMM 500ml water bottle. Plastic camping mug and small karabiner. Tiny amount of first aid supplies