The last bit of kit I bought was some Nike Mayflys. I had been looking for some lightweight camp shoes for ages. I came across the Mayflys a while ago but they were in either bright yellow or Union Jack, which I didn’t fancy. However, recently I found them in black and red (with yellow flames up the side), which I felt was slightly less OTT than the other patterns, so I took the plunge. Fortunately they are not as garish as the picture suggested.
At 250 grams for the pair, they are significantly lighter than most running shoes. Considering the weight they are reasonably robust, although the uppers rattle like a crisp packet! Although they are only supposed to last 100km, the soles seem surprisingly robust and the cushioning is reasonable. Another bonus is that they pack almost flat, so they take up very little space.
They seem ideal for a second pair of shoes for camp. Obviously if you’re an ultralighter you’ll forgo this luxury, but I like to able to change into something at the end of the day. I know Crocs are becoming popular, but I rejected them on aesthetic grounds (they make your feet look huge) and they are quite bulky, as well as being slightly heavier.
Even for river crossings, the Mayfly is quite practical as the material is very thin and unlikely to soak up much water, nor is the insole particularly plush. Mine cost £25 from sportsshoes.com. In their pre-Christmas sale they’re only £21.24. Rats!!
Why another backpacking blog? Backpacking blogs seem to be proliferating like rabbits across cyberspace, so why bother with another? I’ve been an avid reader of several backpacking blogs for a while now and thought it would be good fun to have a go myself. The main challenge of a blog, it seems to me, is to keep it regularly updated, so I will try my best to ensure that there are 3-4 new entries every week.
What am I going to blog about? I will mainly talk about backpacking/fell walking trips and kit. Most backpackers are obsessive about kit, so you’ll get a lot of observations on that! I have at least four of any given item in the never ending search for perfection. Aside from the urge to upgrade, I think that kit buying is an excuse to dream and plan new adventures by endlessly going through the permutations of kit and how they might perform under different conditions. This may seem sad to the uninitiated, but it is better than mugging old ladies.
I’ve been backpacking and walking since the mid 1970s. One of the things that fascinates me is how things have changed since then, so you’ll get a few “then & now” posts. Occasionally I will stray into some controversial areas, but please don’t take things too seriously. It’s only a blog and everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if the current government doesn’t like it (oops!).
Apart from backpacking, I’ll give you a few snippets on books I’m reading and music I’m listening to, just for a bit of variety. If I haven’t got much to say, I’ll stick a few photos up (the header is Glen Tilt, just beyond Forest Lodge, in case you wondered). So, all I’ve got to do now is to compose the first serious post. Incidentally, apologies to Ryan Jordan and Bob Cartwright for the title of the blog, I just couldn’t resist it!