EDC 2016-03

EDC Bag

  • GR1 26l
  • Field Notes notebook
  • Pack of tissues
  • Sharpie marker
  • 1.2 litre Klean Kanteen
  • Book (Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne and John A. Riley)
  • Patagonia Houdini jacket (stuffed into its pocket)
  • Goruck foot care kit with added plasters
  • Improvised trauma kit (Combat Application Tourniquet and Quik Clot)
  • Burt's Bees lip balm and hand salve
  • Goruck Wire Dopp
  • 15000mAh power bank
  • Micro USB cable and USB condom
  • 3.5mm audio patch cable (for vehicle radio AUX connections)
  • Headphones
  • Network cable and Thunderbolt adapter
  • Satnav, stupidly long mini USB cable and triple USB power adapter



Rope climbs are fun.

Marked improvement in upper body strength. Need to work on foot technique but progress is progress.

Credit to Marty for filming.


Stuff

Stuff

I do stuff. I go places.



Not been on the bike for months.

Shocking behaviour, I know. Needs to change. Went up to the co-op for some salad for dinner in an attempt to arrest the dependence on the Land Rover. Legs are burning, throat is raw. Only a 2km trip. Caught a midge in the eye too. Must get better.


Schiehallion Again

A couple of months ago, Lynsay and I climbed up Schiehallion (my second go, Lynsay's first Munro).

Took a few photos, nothing spectacular as there was cloud everywhere.

Prepped for tomorrow's hike up Schiehallion #goruck #bulletruck #bbpack Oligatory selfie Cairn at the top View from the top

Pack at the top IMG_20150710_163330 Cloud clearing Dragonfly


Currently reading "Moods of Future Joys" by Alastair Humphreys.

It is the first half of his autobiographical account of the 4 years he spent traversing the globe by bicycle on a slim budget of £7000. From London, through Europe, the Middle East and down the east of Africa.

Mornings come peacefully on the road. I wake slowly with the daylight, turning in my sleeping bag, adjusting the bundle of clothes that act as my pillow and dozing off once or twice until my head is clear and ready to begin the day. I lie still and listen to the sounds outside my tent. Sometimes birdsong, sometimes whooshing vehicles, sometimes water, sometimes silence. I unzip the tent door and feel the fresh air on my face. I check the weather and particlarly the wind: strong winds can seriously spoil my day.


What do you need to survive on the Pacific Crest Trail?

Turns out, not a whole lot.

“This was not a typical backpacking or camping trip—there is no real time spent in camp, per say. You’re not sitting around and roasting marshmallows and singing songs. You eat for functional purposes—not for the experience of eating. At the end of the day, all you want to do is set up camp and get to sleep so you wake up and do it all over again. So bringing books, Kindles, or other luxury/recreational items that have nothing to do with survival or with walking very clearly becomes superfluous.”