Author Topic: Bought any camping gear today?  (Read 181549 times)

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #800 on: September 15, 2012, 11:59:41 pm »
2 new Alpkit drybags, one small one with a draw cord for storing battery pack with wire coming out of it.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #801 on: September 16, 2012, 05:50:47 pm »
In a nice kitchen shop/cafe in Horsham I got a collapsible collander and some small pots for butter/mayonnaise/pickle/cheese etc so we don't need to buy sandwiches so often :D.
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peliroja

  • Mrs Woolly
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #802 on: September 23, 2012, 04:02:40 am »
I just splashed out quite a lot of $$$ on a new sleeping bag. My Alpkit Skyehigh 800 finally gave its dying breath on our recent mini-tour of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State (the down had disappeared from crucial spots and the zip had completely broken). After a lot of research (yes, I even made a spreadsheet) I plumped for the Western Mountaineering Antelope. A friend gave me a 15% off coupon for a local Portland shop so it was slightly less ouchy on the credit card. I tried it in the shop and my, it is snuggly and soft and lofty and warm. I can't wait to use it in New Zealand!

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #803 on: September 23, 2012, 07:35:11 am »
Yet another Coleman stove, a 442 this time.  Described as excellent on eBay but bent and clogged with stale unleaded.  Easy enough to rebuild and straighten though, and now runs beautiifully.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #804 on: September 23, 2012, 10:26:50 am »
I just splashed out quite a lot of $$$ on a new sleeping bag. My Alpkit Skyehigh 800 finally gave its dying breath on our recent mini-tour of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State (the down had disappeared from crucial spots and the zip had completely broken). After a lot of research (yes, I even made a spreadsheet) I plumped for the Western Mountaineering Antelope. A friend gave me a 15% off coupon for a local Portland shop so it was slightly less ouchy on the credit card. I tried it in the shop and my, it is snuggly and soft and lofty and warm. I can't wait to use it in New Zealand!

Western Mountaineering bags are excellent. Very comfy, very well made, and they are every bit as warm as rated.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #805 on: September 23, 2012, 01:51:36 pm »
My camping is usually in the range late Aril to early October.  I very seldom use a sleeping bag zipped up because it is too warm for me, so use it open as a duvet.  Then I find the neck baffles and toggles plus the hood are all a bit of a nuisance, so a couple of weeks ago I bought a camping duvet http://cascadedesigns.com/en/therm-a-rest/sleep-systems/insulation/alpine-down-blanket/product
I used it two weeks ago with overnight temperatures down to about 7C and found it fine for me.  In colder weather, in a zipped up bag, I might curl up which presses my back against the bag and compresses the down and so giving cold spots.  The duvet is large enough that I imagine I could curl up if I wanted to and still be covered.  The foot end has a slight box section so that the end of my mat can fit inside so giving a box for feet if wanted.  So far I am quite happy that this will be more comfortable for me than a bag for the majority of my camping, and having no zips it is lighter and packs smaller than my RAB sleeping bag.

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #806 on: September 26, 2012, 02:37:30 pm »
A pair of small stainless steel bowls.

This is because someone, who may have been me, saw fit to consume a large mug of red wine on an empty stomach before removing the potatoes from the campfire, and placing them immediately into our (plastic) bowls, which now appear to have fused forever with the foil that was covering the potatoes, as well as having slightly deformed and holey bottoms. Ahem. I probably shouldn’t be trusted with FIRE at all but at least metal will stand up slightly better to such stupidity….

(NB: those Lifeventure windproof matches are awesomely good).

peliroja

  • Mrs Woolly
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #807 on: September 26, 2012, 07:06:39 pm »
I just splashed out quite a lot of $$$ on a new sleeping bag. My Alpkit Skyehigh 800 finally gave its dying breath on our recent mini-tour of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State (the down had disappeared from crucial spots and the zip had completely broken). After a lot of research (yes, I even made a spreadsheet) I plumped for the Western Mountaineering Antelope. A friend gave me a 15% off coupon for a local Portland shop so it was slightly less ouchy on the credit card. I tried it in the shop and my, it is snuggly and soft and lofty and warm. I can't wait to use it in New Zealand!

Western Mountaineering bags are excellent. Very comfy, very well made, and they are every bit as warm as rated.
Yes, thank you for the original recommendation! I think I may have got quite a good deal. After discount, the bag cost me $420.

LEE

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #808 on: September 26, 2012, 07:23:08 pm »
2 new Alpkit drybags, one small one with a draw cord for storing battery pack with wire coming out of it.

I love Alpkit bags more than is healthy.

I probably have more of them then things to put in them.

Also everything in my house is attached to an Alpkit mini-carabiner.

I have an Alpkit headtorch and an Airic sleep mat.

Damn you Alpkit! I'd be rich if it weren't for you (actually I think it all cost less than £70)

Jaded

  • The Codfather
  • Formerly known as Jaded
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #809 on: September 26, 2012, 07:33:23 pm »
I just splashed out quite a lot of $$$ on a new sleeping bag. My Alpkit Skyehigh 800 finally gave its dying breath on our recent mini-tour of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State (the down had disappeared from crucial spots and the zip had completely broken). After a lot of research (yes, I even made a spreadsheet) I plumped for the Western Mountaineering Antelope. A friend gave me a 15% off coupon for a local Portland shop so it was slightly less ouchy on the credit card. I tried it in the shop and my, it is snuggly and soft and lofty and warm. I can't wait to use it in New Zealand!

Western Mountaineering bags are excellent. Very comfy, very well made, and they are every bit as warm as rated.

Indeed! I have a tiny one that is very warm.
If you don't like your democracy, vote against it.

Gus

  • Loosing weight stone by stone
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #810 on: September 26, 2012, 07:42:12 pm »
I just splashed out quite a lot of $$$ on a new sleeping bag. My Alpkit Skyehigh 800 finally gave its dying breath on our recent mini-tour of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State (the down had disappeared from crucial spots and the zip had completely broken). After a lot of research (yes, I even made a spreadsheet) I plumped for the Western Mountaineering Antelope. A friend gave me a 15% off coupon for a local Portland shop so it was slightly less ouchy on the credit card. I tried it in the shop and my, it is snuggly and soft and lofty and warm. I can't wait to use it in New Zealand!

Beware it is very addictive, I have the dryloft version and it is hard to get out of on the  cold mornings.  :smug: :smug: :smug:

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #811 on: September 26, 2012, 09:08:36 pm »
Tut. That is all cured by becoming middle aged whereby mid comfy sleeping bag nocturnals revert to you are guaranteed to need to go to the bog. The carrying of eight pints I am only eighteen and invincible unfortunately does not carry on until later years. So watch where the zip is and where your shoes are.  ;D
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #812 on: September 26, 2012, 09:18:30 pm »
Tut. That is all cured by becoming middle aged whereby mid comfy sleeping bag nocturnals revert to you are guaranteed to need to go to the bog. The carrying of eight pints I am only eighteen and invincible unfortunately does not carry on until later years. So watch where the zip is and where your shoes are.  ;D

I don't think age or even beer comes into it.  If it's warm and snuggly, a 3am bog visit is guaranteed.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #813 on: September 26, 2012, 09:23:40 pm »
Not actually bought today, but a few weeks ago. The behemoth, that some of you sat in during the 2010 Hampshire camping weekend, has been replaced by an enormously expensive Outwell Yellowstone Falls tent.  Have yet to attempt an erection.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #814 on: September 26, 2012, 10:13:42 pm »
My, that is a big one!  So long and wide.  Be careful getting it up or you might do yourself a mischief.
Getting there...

fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #815 on: September 27, 2012, 04:24:41 pm »
Look forward to seeing it at some point. I'll never forget the time I spent getting intimate with your big thing.
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #816 on: September 27, 2012, 04:28:56 pm »
I just bought a new bivvy bag - an alpkit hunka xl. Mmm roomy! Kelp green too, for maximum stealth ...
I like maps me

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #817 on: September 27, 2012, 05:29:10 pm »
Look forward to seeing it at some point. I'll never forget the time I spent getting intimate with your big thing.

Jesus!  Funny how recollections differ.  My memory of that evening is of you glugging sloe gin from a Sigg flask, and holding forth about tossing off pigs for a living  ???

Clarion sat in the corner rocking and gibbering away to himself.

 

Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #818 on: September 27, 2012, 06:11:12 pm »
She's the Rebecca Loos of yacf.
Never tell me the odds.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #819 on: September 27, 2012, 06:14:15 pm »
I, for one, will never be able to think of Brooks saddles in quite the same way...
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #820 on: September 28, 2012, 08:42:08 am »
I, for one, will never be able to think of Brooks saddles in quite the same way...
It's only since I stopped working there I've been able to use one myself.
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
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Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #821 on: September 28, 2012, 01:50:56 pm »
Tut. That is all cured by becoming middle aged whereby mid comfy sleeping bag nocturnals revert to you are guaranteed to need to go to the bog. The carrying of eight pints I am only eighteen and invincible unfortunately does not carry on until later years. So watch where the zip is and where your shoes are.  ;D

I don't think age or even beer comes into it.  If it's warm and snuggly, a 3am bog visit is guaranteed.

My sleeping bag's zip can be undone from either end. I can only think that the reason for the southern approach is so that a chap can micturate without getting out of bed.

I have yet to try this.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

fboab

  • It's a fecking serious business, riding a bike
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #822 on: September 28, 2012, 02:15:07 pm »
Tut. That is all cured by becoming middle aged whereby mid comfy sleeping bag nocturnals revert to you are guaranteed to need to go to the bog. The carrying of eight pints I am only eighteen and invincible unfortunately does not carry on until later years. So watch where the zip is and where your shoes are.  ;D

I don't think age or even beer comes into it.  If it's warm and snuggly, a 3am bog visit is guaranteed.

My sleeping bag's zip can be undone from either end. I can only think that the reason for the southern approach is so that a chap can micturate without getting out of bed.

I have yet to try this.

It's so that those of us who like to, can use our feet as cooling fins.
TSS is not Total Sex Score, Chris!

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #823 on: September 28, 2012, 03:19:30 pm »
It's so that those of us who like to, can use our feet as cooling fins.

Quite.

Also provides limited ability to stick your feet out and walk around while staying warm, which is more useful when you're not actually camping.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Re: Bought any camping gear today?
« Reply #824 on: September 28, 2012, 03:36:10 pm »
My zip only goes down the bag to just below my waist, though. The only thing I could stick out of that hole is of far too small a surface area to be any use at all as a cooling fin.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.