|The Rhinogydd range of Snowdonia National Park.|
It will be the first time also that I will meet up with a friend that I have chatted with for a while about heading out of the Peak District. He had offered to drive (as I do not) in exchange for me "teaching" him some tricks and tips with wild camping. Now, that baffled me at first if Im honest - because I'm certainly no expert. But sharing the experience with a friend is a good enough reason, and if he learns a thing or two along the way I'll be very happy to have helped. Another of my friends may come too if money permits.
I've been looking at the map for a little while now, looking at good routes and spots to pitch a tent. There seems to be far too many to choose from! Whether to camp next to water, such as the idyllic looking Llyn Du or up on higher ground to catch a nicer sunset and sunrise... We might even leave it to the day to decide.
I have bought a few new bits and pieces of gear since I last camped - expectedly so, as it has been too long since! The main purchase is a Montane Atomic waterproof jacket. Made from Pertex Shield material, its has a highly rated hydrostatic head and is very light. That said, it is light without feeling too fragile. The difference in weight and packability between this and the Craghoppers Kiwi 3-in-1 that I was using prior, is what led me to the Atomic. I tend to run quite hot, and so dont wear a hardshell jacket if it isn't raining. I only really wear a fleece, or if the wind picks up I'll throw my Montane Featherlite smock over the top. The saving in weight and space will benefit me greatly. The Atomic should be more breathable when in use also. The chances are that I may even use it in colder months coupled with a thicker fleece and baselayer combination (I dont very much like softshell jackets). With how rapidly I tend to heat up when active, it should suffice rather than purchasing a heavier hardshell such as one made from a Gore-Tex or eVent material. We shall see!
|The Montane Atomic jacket.|
|The "Water-To-Go" filtration system. Not as well known as the 'Travel Tap', but every bit the part according to research.|