The backlog

It’s huge, I just can’t look at it again ’til next week. Probably Thursday, just after lunchtime. Then I’m away to somewhere as yet unknown in Lochaber on Friday so I won’t be able to deal with it until the week after.

Oh well.

27 thoughts on “The backlog

  1. Lochaber will be a joy I’m sure, I was in Glen Coe today. I won’t lie, it’s handy having this stuff so close.

    I’m zombie-like in that photies as I was negotiating some greasy rocks when Joycee took it…honest…

    Work? Yes, I may defer that luxury until the 12th :o)

    Not backpacking, aye. Plenty room for a hot pie, soup etc in your pack for those sitting cold on the summit (whatever that may be?!) waiting on Saturday.

  2. I’ll admit it’s a long night in a tent at the moment as it’s dark at stupid o’clock, but that just means summit prowling by headtorch, cuppas and metal on the ipod.
    Campsites mostly give me the heebeegeebees.

  3. Can I suggest the answer is to only start walking at 10.00pm once you have put the kids to bed and driven an hour and a half to the hills. This way you avoid lots of sitting in the tent (althought the tea and metal sound good). You also get to play with all the settings on your Apex headlamp as you try to find a spot for the tent at midnight.

  4. My sympathies!

    Earlier last year I pitched the tent, inflated my mat, lofted my sleeping bag, got my gear admined, got the stove on and got inside to sit on a fin of rock running down the centre of the tent.
    There were tears I’ll tell you.

  5. It was the Monday before New Year and I had the place to myself. The first people I saw were some army lads running by at 07.00 the next morning. They looked very envious of my hot breakfast in an orange bag and steaming mug of tea! It did get rather busy after that though. I’m always amused at the strange looks you get from people when they realise you have been out all night.

  6. It was a particularly good day for it. The sight of my van with ice on the windscreen next to all the still steaming cars of those just out for the day was a joy.

  7. I was hunting for a photie I’ve got from a few years back. I’m on the top of Ben Cruachan in February, shell jacket and pants, big gloves, hat etc and my Alpiniste pack still looks full.
    I swear I don’t carry anything different these days, so what the hell was in my pack?

  8. Besides the ‘spares’, I’m assuming enough food for a week, enough water for a trip in the desert, a 2 litre thermos of tea and a first aid kit for a team of ten.

    Oh wait, that was me a few years back!

  9. Most definitely. In fact I still use the same 1.7kg pack for winter climbing that I bought in the mid 90s. It is just that I have added a 600g pack for backpacking and ditched most of the extraneous kit.

  10. It’s funny how packs that weight the same can feel heavier on your back.
    That’s the clever part, getting the carry just right. And it’s body shape as well.
    For all I love old Karrimor the Jaguar used to kill me, but I could carry the same load in the 75L Alpiniste no problem even with its minimal back system.

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