Packs and more challenging terrain

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by Michael_x, May 28, 2019.

  1. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Bit green to camping at altitude under a full moon then?
    Pit hairs on yer back...
  2. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    I've got far too much hair on my back as it is!
    I just find the moon annoying when I'm trying to get to sleep.

    I thought you were alluding to meteorology not atmospherics.
  3. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Mate of mine worked at the foreign office. He is a very hairy man. On a health kick he decided to frequent the FO gym. He got a hairdresser friend of his to buzz cut his back. His mate, being a bit of a joker thought it'd be fun to draw a symbol originally used in hinduism i believe but appropriated by the German national socialists... Didn't go down well at the office swimming pool.
    This is a man who has a bust of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov in his bathroom.
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  4. Michael_x

    Michael_x Section Hiker

    Well, I chose Osprey Exos 48 litre and am most happy.

    Seemed a good balance between lighter weight and still not too fragile given my route finding is such that barbed wire, scrambling and such happen.

    Just took it on a hike up Y Griben to Glyder Fawr and camp at Llywn y Cwm. Seemed a good route to assess its rough terrain capabilities. Also very windy so chance to test new Saor tent.

    Performed great. Significantly better than my 80's alpine style Berghaus. (In fairness the Berghaus on Tryfan was so stuffed with gear that it was cylindrical like a barrel on my back so maybe pushed beyond a fair test).

    The measuring guide and app said medium which surprised me given I'm 6'2" tall. So I tried one on (Outside Heathersage, thanks) and, yep medium was right.

    Just a few comments on route:-

    1. Y Griben scrambling is easy to cheat, there is a footpath to the side so you don't need to scramble except last bit. Hint: don't stay on footpath too long or the last bit becomes scarily exposed technical climbing.

    2. When you've seen inside one cloud you've seen them all. Actually came to appreciate cairns, though bigger and closer together would have been nice.

    3. Scree, seriously, Wales? Everything in moderation please. I'm beginning to appreciate peak district hills. Six foot of peat and a decorative topping of heather :)

    And gear:

    1. As Tucas 200 Sestrals large blanket is my new love item. Seriously rocks.

    2.Big Sky tube steaks work extremely well but don't penetrate granite.

    3. Saor is rock stable in winds that wake even me, even after wine with supper.

    In conclusion, thanks to all for helpful advice and input.
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  5. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Good to hear the saor is steady in the wind, I seriously fancy one.
    My first "lightweight" pack was the exos 46 and I liked it alot.

    Scree in (north) Wales :biggrin: yeah, done that plenty of times. Been doing a lot of moorland walking lately which is a bit nicer on the feet.

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