hello from the wilds of London

Discussion in 'Intros & Welcomes' started by sherpa, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. sherpa

    sherpa Summit Camper

    lurked here for a while so thought i aught to register and start contributing :)

    i reckon i should fit in here having far, far too much gear....:D

    best wishes

    Andy
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  2. Jamess

    Jamess Ultralighter

    Welcome Andy.

    Where do you do most of your backpacking?
  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome to the forum Andy
  4. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

  5. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Hi Andy and welcome to the forum :)
  6. Chris2901

    Chris2901 Section Hiker

    There´s nothing such as "too much gear"!:cigar: Welcome!:biggrin:
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  7. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Hello Andy,
    From a fellow Londoner :)
  8. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Hello n Welcome :)
  9. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Hi and welcome aboard :)
  10. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Welcome.

    There is if you're carrying it. ;)
  11. Chris2901

    Chris2901 Section Hiker

  12. sherpa

    sherpa Summit Camper

    many thanks for all the greetings.

    being based in London, local trips are usually to the north/south downs or ridgeway. otherwise i head to Scotland on the overnight coach (cheap but uncomfortable) or sleeper train (comfortable and decent price, if booking long in advance).

    this week i had a mid week 2 day break to the south coast to eastbourne (£8.50 each way on train, not bad). wednesday was really quite pleasant, was wearing my paramo enduro fleece with all vents open! might be just me though who thought the conditions good as i observed everyone else wrapped up in goretex, gloves & hats....! a walk along the tops towards seaford was bright and breezy. late afternoon i started scouting for a stealthy camp site. sadly a couple of favourite locations i have used for years have recently been utilised by locals for drinking parties, leaving behind gigantic bonfire pits and disgusting refuse. the wind was by now gusting to 25mph so i located a small sheltered spot among dwarf trees (this area is battered by high winds so very much has a mountain feel to it). i’d brought along my nordisk 1LW which was fine in this protected spot on what transpired to be a wild and wet night. what wasnt so fine was my sleeping pad literally blowing out....! it was a pacific outdoor equipment peak ac, which has a very poor reputation. I've used mine for a few years so at least got some value from it. the return journey on Thursday was in often lashing rain, over the higher tops near beachy head i was in thick cloud. if the path wasnt so well worn, id have needed a map & compass. which i didnt have :D
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  13. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    Hi, welcome to the forum.

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