Big figure change

Well that’s that then, over 100,00 page views since November 2007. Not surprisingly, the most popular pages have been the ones on my Laser Competition modifications. I even seem to have a following in France who are busily adapting their Comps. I wish I could have posted more on trips rather than on gear, but I don’t have a huge number of opportunities to get into the hills living down south as I do. I’ll tone done the gear buying now although I do like the look of Hendrik’s ULA Ohm pack and I still fancy a Soulo. However, I’m not going to buy anything more for the moment, although I’m still awaiting a pair of Montrail Streaks to replace some aging Hardrocks. I’m hoping for a further wander around the Carneddau in just over three week’s time. I’m toying with taking out some gear that I’ve either not used yet or haven’t used for some time. Happy hiking everyone!



Very close

I’ve never really bothered that much about blog stats. However, a few days ago I noticed that page views since inception were nearing 100,000. Hence, I put the little counter on the right. A couple more days and it should tick over.

Thanks Bob

I’ve really enjoyed this year’s TGO Challenge podcasts. Thanks, Bob, Andy and Shirley for your efforts. I think the format of an audio diary interspersed with a few interviews worked really well. There was a much more even pacing this time and it really felt like I was travelling with you. Wonderful vicarious pleasure.

The real TARDIS

Nigel mentioned that my Laser Competition is a TARDIS. However, the real TARDIS is my Mariposa Plus. How do you get this (bear in mind my sleeping bag is already in the Mariposa):


…into this:


It’s a mystery. What a great rucksack. It will look even smaller when I take out the end stays of the Competition to pack separately with the the tent pole. The fly/inner can then be packed inside the main pack and I can dispense with both the Exped stuff sack that I put the tent in and the foam that I wrap it with.

In my tent

I know some of you like to see what it looks like in other people’s tents, so here’s a couple I took in the Cairngorms when I was holed up for a day. Reasonably tidy.


 A nice mug of tea brewing. Note the improvised mug lid from a fruit salad container.