I used the new Leki poles and the camera widget for all the shots except for a few sunset ones from the top of the Cobbler where the hard ground needed the tripod. There was a bit of a breeze which did fuzzify a few shots as expected, but it’s fine when it’s calm, and very usable. I left the widget attached all the time and it didn’t snag my cardigan once.
The poles themselves are very nice. I accidentally bent one like a banana trying to get it into the ground to take a photies and it was fine. One thing to watch though, twisting the pole out of the ground after using it as a mono-pod can loosed the length adjustment a wee bit if you really wrestle it. Talking of adjustment, these tighten much smoother than the last set of Leki’s, and the new widget has a very definite feeling of “release” when you loosen them off to stow them. They’ve got a good balance in the hand, nice and light too won’t become a burden on a longer trek. Aye, I like these.
There were few oldies out with recent arrivals (test kit’s for life, not just for one trip for a photie), the OMM Adventure Light 20 came out to play. It’s a great wee pack, probably a little overlooked as it just looks a little too anonymous. The bottle pockets work fine with the 800ml Klean Kanteens, my Zipshot and Leki’s fitted on simultaneously and the harness is spot on, very low profile. Haglöfs LIM Barrier Pullover was as good as ever as I sat on the top, and Chocolate Fish’s TeMata midlayer is a longterm comfort blanket.
That red shirt is techno polo shirt from Craft, courtesy of the guys at Escape Route. Tall collars are good for keeping the sun and the chill off, buttons need your love too you know and the fabric’s seems like it’s a good one.
Old Montrail Hardrock Mids on the feet, shouldn’t have bothered as the route was bone-dry and just needed wee shoes, but they’re just so damned comfy now I wasn’t complaining.
The Evernew Titanium Solo set is just genius, hot cuppas wherever I go. Again twinned with the Vango Ultralite Gas Stove for faff free quickness. New Wigwam socks were worn, more on that soon, including a bit of a sock giveaway. Well, all the sock will be given away.