For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Backyard Backpacking


Today was so exciting. Christmas came early to this country corner of Nottinghamshire. For a big white van delivered unto me three most desirable, longed-for items: one green solo backpacking tent, one black and grey 70 litre rucksack and one lemon-yellow air mattress - all lightweight. Oh joy! I at once put up the tent in the garden. So guess where I'm spending the night?

Tent: Hilleberg Akto (1.5 kg)
Rucksack: GoLite Quest (1.45 kg)
Mattress: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir (0.4 kg)

10 comments:

The Weekend Dude said...

Looks like Christmas and Birthdays have come at once, looking good! Sleep well, I'm sure you will!

Tramp said...

sweet dreams
...Tramp

pilgrimpace said...

back yard camping in a new tent is the best. Enjoy!

Andy

George said...

I'm looking forward to the next posting, Robert. Presumably, it will be a full account of your backyard field trials. Onward, my friend. As Bilbo sings in Lord of the Rings, "The Road goes ever on and on."

Timecheck said...

It looks like a very nice lightweight setup. We have that same mattress, though maybe the shorter version. Used it for the first time on a nine day trip last March. It tended to slide all over the tent and was tricky to stay on, but was very comfortable when you got it in just the right position. I diluted silicone caulk 50-50 with gasoline, and lightly coated the bottom of the mattress, and also diagonal striped the floor of the tent, and the pad gets one more chance!

Grace said...

I recently got a light women's therma-rest pad, but didn't get a chance to try it out this past week camping as my friend lugged in an air mattress and both would not fit. I'll have to pitch the old tent in the backyard this week and try it out (and hope the tent doesn't leak--it's a hand-me-down).

ksam said...

Product report and endorsements are awaited! Looks like a very cool set up.

Timecheck...is the gasoline in case your not happy...makes flambe' ing the whole thing easier?

Note to self: never ever cross anyone named timecheck. Check.

Timecheck said...

Silnylon seam sealer is very expensive, and the manufacturer of a lightweight tent I have recommended that the seams be sealed with this 50% mixture of silicone caulk and gasoline. It works very well and drys quickly. However, you are right, it would be unwise to smoke during application.

Frank and Sue said...

Very nice selection of gear. No wonder you were excited!

Frank

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks for all the tips and comments! I'm very pleased with all the gear - and a back garden trip report is in the making ...