Assets and logistics are reserved, and the detail for the recce taking place in April (2016) is 99% there. It is on these dark winter nights that one can mull over the finer details of expedition kit, more importantly, how does one get a good night's kip?
Each system has advantages and disadvantages. We would love to hear your thoughts on what systems you prefer or drawbacks that you have experienced using a particular system in a particular climate zone.
To help start the ball rolling, we are trialling tents; Robens Starlight 2 Trail Tent, Robens Trailstar 1 and Jack WolfSkin Gossamer 2. On the bivvy bag front, we will be looking at the Snugpak Stratosphere and Aquaquest Hooped Bivvy. If we can get our hands on one before the off, we will love to try the innovative Polarmond® ALL-IN-ONE sleep shell.
We will let you know how we get on with the various systems down in the woods in sleepy Swanbourne and we will be putting the front runners to the test on Dartmoor in late February /early March 2016. But we would love to hear your thoughts and options?
BY PAUL "SKONIE" SKONE
Update to the post - March 2016
Just received at HQ today a lovely e-mail from Walter bringing us up to speed on all things Polarmond® ALL-IN-ONE sleep shell. I am so excited about this innovation and it looks like it will be useful for 2017 but for this years’ recce (April 2016) they won’t be ready in time:-(.
Unfortunately, my existing trusty bags have reached the end of their shelf life; as such I have jumped into the “cheap as chips” approach and purchased some 4 season sleeping bags for our April 16' recce; including delivery, they are £35 each - from Amazon.
Extreme I hear your cry! I just made sure that they had the min of 500gsm per metre, double stitched, etc. They will not pack down as small as the trusty Rabs, and they weigh about 2kg compared to 300gsm, but I think that I will hold out for putting my money with the Polarmonds next year.
The cheap bags I got were from Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008O2FORA?redirect=true) I will be testing these out in Dartmoor later this month. I will let you know; fingers crossed I come back with my extremities intact!
Cheers for now,