Dartmoor, Trailstar 70mph +

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by Dave Vaughan, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Moderator Staff Member

    A last minute roster change freed up the weekend so a couple of mates, Jay - @Wandering Jay and Karl - @Dead fall outdoors headed out to Fur Tor for a quick overnighter. Karl had been out the night before and drove over to meet Jay and I.

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    I really do like my P20 Pro, I hate forgetting to disable portrait mode though.....


    We left Postbridge and headed towards Broad Down and then onwards to the Waterfall just south of Sandy Hole Pass.

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    The weather on Saturday was foggy/misty/ light wind to start off with.

    Navigation was pretty easy as we had done the walk a few times and you basically follow the river and then MoD range posts, through a peat cutting and your pretty much at Fur Tor.

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    Most of the Peat Cuts are marked beginning and end with these stones. The cutes were made by Frank Phillpotts. This particular cutting also has stones placed on either side every 50 meters of so.


    A few hundred meters beyond the peat cut and our home for the evening came in to sight....

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    I was using my MLD Prophet back. I love this bag, probably the most comfortable pack I have ever owned. The air temp during the walk was around 6C, I was little too warm in my Paramo Pasco whilst walking but I didnt get cold whilst we stopped.


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    We didnt wast any time in pitching as we were loosing light. Two Trailstars and a rather cool Lightwave Sigma S20.

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    Being free standing, Jay simply picked it up and moved the S20 when the winds blew in his door.

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    A really nice space inside and the fabric was nice and dark.

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    My TS pitched at 135cm, may be old but still looks good :p

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    Oookworks Weenest setup inside with my my xlite and a few other bits.


    At this point the wind suddenly started to pickup so I took a quick reading.

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    It continued to pick up...

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    Dinner was a yummy mix, a starter of a Lyo Soup followed by a very yummy Mince Beef Dinner and finished off with a Wispa and whisky.

    The last wind reading I took was when I went outside to check my lines.

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    it carried on getting stronger all the way through the night.

    At 0400ish I woke up with a little but of a flap on the rear. When went out to check the lines I was down on my arse, the wind was insane and I could hardy stand up. This is the first time I have had MLD line slip, I had tied a slip knot a few inches from the lineloc so the slip was not massive.

    My inner was flapping allot.

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    I like my coffee and it was the first thing I did when I woke.

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    After breaking camp, we walked back pretty much the same way. Still very windy but a much clearer and nicer day.

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    I used my MYOG apex 133 quilt, the temps went down to 1C just after sunset and then rose to around 3 through the night. I didnt feel cold and was more than comfy
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Great pics Dave

    Pulled my Trailstar out for this weeks trip to Wales, not used it for a while, bottled it on the Cricket
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  3. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Moderator Staff Member

    Cheers. The Cricket was in my pack up until I walked out the door. It would have been fine, there were a few areas that I could have re-pitched with some shelter but I was very please to have the TS. I only use to lower the pitch if the winds were above 50ish mph, I don't know that I will bother now I know how well it was in much stronger winds.
  4. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    How was the soup btw? I've just done a Base Camp order but missed those
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  5. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Moderator Staff Member

    3rd or 4th one I have had, very nice. Good starter or midday winter warmer
  6. Jamess

    Jamess Ultralighter

    Apex 133 in those temperatures. You're made of sterner stuff than me!
  7. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Trail Blazer

    The best of routes out to Vur Tor (arguably the correct spelling). Was it wet up the shoulder of Cut Hill?

    Really nice report, thanks :thumbsup:
  8. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Moderator Staff Member

    I have an internal fire. Jay used the Spirit 200 and found it just right I think. I have used my Apex 67 down to around 5C. I find it best to start off with as few layers as possible and add a layer if I get a chill.

    The route from Sandy Hole was ok up until Cut Hill water, from there, through the peak cut it was a bit more boggy but still very easy going. A few weeks back I walked from Row tor, Highwillhays, Dinger, etc and that was very boggy so probably very slow going now.
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  9. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Trail Blazer

    I’ve popped out there on a few occasions recently. On one occasion I diverted via Flat Tor on the way back... came across a farmer fast asleep next to his ATV.. snuggled up with a tartan thermos flask. A very content chap.

    That lightwave look nifty.

    Meanwhile.... it’s been snowing in and out up here on the moor tonight.. nothing to write home about.
  10. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Moderator Staff Member

    Hah Hah, we walked up via flat tor last year, bog and mire the entire way heh heh made things interesting. We also saw a farmer with a quad and soggy dog just down from the Millennium project near flat tor.

    The Sigma was very impressive! I saw the snow, gutted I can't be up there, I love waking up with a white landscape.
  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Sigma looks nice :)
  12. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Trail Blazer

    Yup, it prompted me to look on their website. I couldn’t find it, lost interest and wandered off... :dude:
  13. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Trail Blazer

    It often snows here, Dave, without the rest of the county knowing about it. Last snow was back in October, just a dusting. I’ve re-shod the pickup with some BF Goodrich loveliness to ensure I stick to the road.
  14. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Absolutely....took me .00001s to find it...:rolleyes:

    Ever the tease Bluff....
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  15. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Trail Blazer

    Thanks, ed, I did see tha but the image looked different to the textile ‘in the flesh’. Inattentional blindness, it’s a lazy thing :happy:

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