Before I could spend too much time deliberating, cogitating and digesting all the gear options for this years TGO challenge, a grainy old photo (discovered while writing my About me page) leapt out to give me a much needed reality check and kick up the derrière.
Taken 32 years ago when I was a fledgling 15 year old backpacker, it showed all my kit laid out ready for the Pennine Way in 1982.
Yes, there are some pearlers amongst that lot. I’ve tried desperately to figure out what it all was but as far as I can remember it included;
- Berghaus Cyclops Roc rucksack in 4 oz canvas (1.8 kg)
- Daletrekker Sombrero tent (1.9 kg)
- Ultimate Mountain King sleeping bag (1.3 kg)
- Campri bivi bag (neither waterproof nor breathable)
- Bradsport knee length cagoule (almost 1kg of orange oxford nylon, with pockets completely obscured by a hipbelt)
- Clothing consisting of a pair of black wranger corduroys, denim shorts, cotton t shirts, a mohair jumper and my rugby socks
And it get’s worse ! For some inexplicable reason known only to my 1980 ‘Outdoors Handbook’ this kit also included a full beach towel, a first aid kit the size of a shoe box, and a money belt in case I got mugged on Cross Fell.
What really stands out though is the amount of fuel…..a full 1 litre of meths in a Lenor bottle. Add to that the three pans, a frying pan and a kettle and I must have been planning three square banquets a day.
Well if that lot was good enough for a 270 mile trek 32 years ago, perhaps I should stop deliberating and just get walking.