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2011-04-11 15:07:35
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Wild camping kit
Dessie1, where wild camping is concerned, it depends a lot on the nature of the trip we are making. In Oman we took all our kit in a 90 litre North Face Bag. This included our 2 person Vaude tent (nearly 4 kilos with a ground sheet), WalkStool (800g each), 700g Salewa down sleeping bags, Thermarest Pro Lite sleeping mats (700g) and pillows, MSR multi fuel stove, aluminium kettle from Tescos (for 7 euro this is one of the best bits of kit we have bought!!), MSR pan, lightweight plastic crockery, knife, titanium mugs, sporks etc. and a small lamp. As we were never far from our vehicle, the rationale behind what we took was dictated purely by the weight and volume of the luggage on our flight.

When we trekked up Jebel Shams we took just our groundsheet, sleeping bags and mats, pillows, a Rab generator vest (that stuffs down small), head torches, stove, kettle, 3 packets of freeze dried food and personal items/first aid kit. Water was the heaviest thing to carry (there is no supply en route). We consumed 8 litres over 1.5 days. Our kit and provisions were very comfortably carried between us in an Osprey Aether (70 litre pack) and an Osprey Aura (35 litre daypack), about 18 kilos in all.

This weekend we took a gas stove, kettle, MSR pan, titanium mugs, plates, tent (including the groundsheet), heavier sleeping bags (Rab Andes and a Rab Alpine), sleeping mats/pillows, provisions (including a disposable BBQ), a sterilising pen and a plastic bottle to purify water. I used an Osprey Ariel 65 litre pack, Martin had his Aether. We carried about 21 kilos between us comfortably over 18km. Climbing Ballinafunshoge and Sleamaine on the way, we averaged around 4.5 kms per hour.

We also have Rab bivvy bags (c800g) which we can substitute for the tent, making everything considerably lighter, and come summer we will use lighter weight sleeping bags. We could immediately reduce the overall weight we carry by at least 5 kilos. It pretty much depends on what you are prepared to carry and there is a bewildering amount of lightweight kit on the market at varying prices, most reviewed by the likes of Trail magazine. Every so often we have bagged a bargain at TK Maxx and the Rab factory shop at Somercotes near Nottingham.

Basically, a good sleeping bag and mat, small pillow, lightweight gas stove, titanium pan and cup, spork and a bivvy bag/lightweight tent would make my list. Our kit has already paid for itself over and over in saved hotel/hostel bills. Tips for packing - place most things inside drysacks and distribute the weight evenly. Sleeping bag in the bottom section, frequently needed things close to the top or in one of the pockets.

I will always opt for camping if possible, as it's much more fun and once you’ve done it, it’s hard to resist the call of the wild!!

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Summit Comment
Torc Mountain W Top: Big brother ....
hivisibility 23 hours ago.
Here's a picture of Torc itself from Torc West Top. Approx 600m between the two summits.

Summit Comment
Barnahowna: Fine-weather photo
bryanmccabe a day ago.
Thought a fine-weather photo of Barnahowna summit was needed!

Summit Summary
Maumtrasna North-East Top: Worth a visit!
Collaborative entry Last edit by: bryanmccabe 2 days ago.
Maumtrasna NE top, approximately 2km NE of Maumtrasna, is worth a visit in its own right. The most direct access is via the steep ridge up to nearby spot height 542. One possible starting point is...

Ott Mountain to Slieve Meelmore
Aidy 2 days ago.
Started at the Ott/Blue Quarry car park on the Moyad Road, and took a route taking in six summits, going over Ott Mou... walk, Len: 10.9km, Climb: 730m, Area: Ott Mountain, Mourne Mountains (Ireland)

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Crossderry: Summit No 2 of a fine ridge walk.
hivisibility 2 days ago.
Here is another view of Crossderry taken from Mothillín. You can see the twin peaks at the summit area. The summit proper is the one on the right. Knocknabreeda in the background.Its pretty rugged...

Glenbeigh to Galway's Bridge
GSheehy 3 days ago.
I?m putting this one up because it was a club walk and I was thinking about the other day. There aren?t too many clu walk, Len: 40.5km, Climb: 917m, Area: Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Ireland)

Summit Comment
Mothaillín: Fabulous views to the west from the summit.
hivisibility 2 days ago.
Fine view towards Broghnabinnia and Caher from Mothillín summit.

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Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10
cave-dweller 5 days ago.
Hello, There is a meeting being held in the Yellow House Pub in Rathfarnham in Dublin 14 tomorrow night at 8 pm about some proposed "redevelopments" in and around the Hellfire Club/Montpelier Hill...

Peak bagging in The Sperrins in autumn
peter1 4 days ago.
Again, the use of a mountain bike is highly recommended for this route, if you are a solo walker. I left my bike in a... walk, Len: 16.2km, Climb: 1048m, Area: Mullaghclogha, Sperrin Mountains (Irela

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Mothaillín: Summit area as seen from Crossderry.
hivisibility 2 days ago.
Mothillín summit from Crossderry.

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Crossderry: Towards Knocknabreeda and Stumoa Dúloigh
hivisibility 2 days ago.
The view towards Knocknabreeda fro Crossderry summit. Stumpa Dúloigh in the background. Knocknabreeda summit is located over to the far left of the ridge.

Slieve Foye
Onzy a week ago.
Sunday route over Slieve Foye and along the ridge for a bit... walk, Len: 9.9km, Climb: 439m, Area: Slieve Foye, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland) Slie...

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