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     Gunner updated 11 years, 8 months ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
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  • ShinSplint

    Member
    26 May 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I’m planning to get up to Scotland for a few days around August time. I’ll be getting the train up to Fort William if poss, and will be travelling as light as possible.

    I would just like some ideas on equipment.

    I’m gonna be camping, and have looked at the smallest/lightest tents available, including the Bivi 1, which when packed away is very light indeed. I’ll also be needing a small sleeping bag or equivalent. So far i’ve looked at the Vango Ultralite 100 Pro, which again is compact and light. Are there any other alternatives I should look at? The Bivi tent is £117, which im sure is good value, but not really as cheap as I would like. The sleeping bag is about £35 which is fine.

    What else will I need? So far im thinking:-

    * one light set of clothes for on a night

    * decent map

    * one spare set of cycling clothes

    * basic bike tools

    * compass

    * small waterproofs

    * food

    I have a decent back pack for all the above. Ideally, I wouldnt actually use a bag, but I dont think I have any other options. The tent/bag I mentioned above is very small and would probably fit in a waist bag, but with all the other kit as well, its not gonna happen.

    I’ll probably be using my new Ribble bike, and Pannier bags would not be ideal.!

    I would appreciate any advice from experienced tourers 8) cheers!

  • Gunner

    Member
    26 May 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Question “small waterproofs”, it is Scotland after all…… 😕

    What about midge cream of some sort, essential I’ve found when camping in Scotland.

    And a lock, probably your heaviest peice of kit you’ll be taking, a “naked” Ribble will seem quite attractive in comparison to a heavy, fully laden tourer.

  • ShinSplint

    Member
    26 May 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Question “small waterproofs”, it is Scotland after all…… 😕

    What about midge cream of some sort, essential I’ve found when camping in Scotland.

    And a lock, probably your heaviest peice of kit you’ll be taking, a “naked” Ribble will seem quite attractive in comparison to a heavy, fully laden tourer.

    Good points gunner.. wonder if there’s such thing as a light-weight lock 😛

  • Gunner

    Member
    26 May 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Where will the bike be sleeping?

    I would want my CR1 covered up with some sort of plastic sheeting if I was camping.

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