Micro adventure – Dove Dale

Location: Dove Dale – Derbyshire/Staffordshire Distance: 16.4km Date: July 2015 Kit: Solo Tarp (BPL.co.uk) Third Micro Adventure My third Micro Adventure and possibly one of my last for a short while as I await the imminent arrival of my baby daughter. I got in touch with a friend of mine Dean Read to see if he fancied a MicroAdventure somewhere in Derbyshire/Staffordshire. His suggestion was to head to Dove Dale as its about equal distance for us to travel to and not too far given the time constraint for a mid week camp. Phone thrown in the draw, laptop slammed shut I …

Alport Dale Wild Camp

Location: Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 14.7km Date: May 2015 Kit: Solo Tarp (BPL.co.uk) Ninth Wild Camp 6 months since the last Wild Camp in the Derbyshire Peak District it was well overdue. Having visited Alport Castles back in March 2014 I wanted to go back and have a look what the amazing area is like in warmer weather. I was also very keen to further minimise the kit and get my pack weight down to the 10kg mark. Opting to take the small Backpackinglight.com tarp and Alpkit bivvy along with my spring/summer sleeping bag my pack weighed 12kg including 2 litres of water, so not bad really. The route started at …

Micro Wild Camp: Robins Wood

​Location: Robins Wood Derbyshire Distance: 6km Date: April 2015 Kit: DD Super light Hammock and DD 3×3 Tarp Time for another Micro Wild camp, this time to test the new DD Hammocks Superlight hammock. Woodland being a major prerequisite I starting scanning Google Earth for a suitable wood that was not too far away from home, fairly large and away from civilisation. Robins Wood is a Forestry Commission managed woodland with a mixture of pine and broadleaf with many cycle paths and bridleways crossing it. Tim and I parked at the nearby village of Ticknall and followed a footpath north for a couple …

Micro Wild Camp: Foremark Reservoir

​Location: Foremark Reservoir Derbyshire Distance: 5km Date: February 2015 Kit: Alpkit Hunka Bivvy and DD 3×3 Tarp The first #Microwildcamp! Although this was the tenth wild camp this didn’t follow the usual format of a long walk>wild camp>long walk, instead I wanted to try out a MicroAdventure. This is something Alastair Humphreys has invented which you can read all about (here). The general concept of a MicroAdventure follows these rules: ​1. It must be overnight, 5pm-9am (opposite to the working day) ​2. Cover a reasonable distance e.g. more than you’d typically walk to your local shops …ok we didn’t manage …

Alpkit Hunka XL Bivvy Bag

Bought: 2015 Tested: Yes My rating: 9.5/10   The Hunka XL Bivvy bag by Alpkit is a great bit of kit. Alpkit have identified one of the most annoying things about a bivvy bag and solved it. Divvy…bivvy bags tend to be small so they can pack down small. However, the smaller they are the more restrictive they are and what’s worse how much they reduce the loft of a sleeping bag (less loft = less insulation). The Hunka is very large, plenty big enough to allow my winter sleeping bag to fully inflate. Another advantage of the larger size …

Wild Camp: Langsett and Howden Reservoir

Location: Derbyshire Peak District Distance: 19.3km Date: November 2014 Kit: Tarp (MLD Trailstar) Eighth Wild Camp testing out the new Alpkit Down jacket. For sometime I’d been trying to plan a 24hr route that camped at the River Westend. Its a tricky place to get to without circling Howden and Derwent Reservoirs which include a number of very busy footpaths. The solution I found was to start at Langsett Reservoir and drop down to Margery Hill. The issue with this route is that its a “there and back”,  not my favourite type of route. I tried a number of alternative routes such as taking one leg around …

Wild Camp: Tryfan Snowdonia

Location: Wales Distance: 19.3km Date: July 2014 Kit: Tarp (MLD Trailstar) Seventh Wild Camp. This was a very nice two day walk starting from the North face of the mighty Tryfan. The route started with a scramble up to the summit of Tryfan to the famous Adam and Eve stones. The route descends Tryfan on the South and dog legs up to Lyn Caseg-Fraith to top up water supplies. Time to properly test the new Sawyer water filter, a recent addition to my kit. In principle an amazing bit of kit but I’m reserving judgement for now. The first night was spent under …