Summit to eat Freeze Dried Meals.

Summit to eat freeze dried meals. After writing an article last summer on the different freeze dried hiking meals available I have now become a brand ambassador for Summit to eat freeze dried meals.

Summit To Eat

Summit to eat freeze dried meals. After writing an article last summer on the different freeze dried hiking meals available I have now become a brand ambassador for Summit to eat freeze dried meals.

Whilst in the Lake District I was reviewing some freeze dried meals and my favourite was by Fuel your Preparation. I have recently been in contact with them and been offered to become a brand ambassador for Summit to eat.

Summit to eat is manufactured by European Freeze Dry and they are the same meals as I was trialing in the Lakes but branded for a different market as to fuel you preparation.

Summit to eat freeze dried hiking meals are made using quality ingredients and I must say won the taste test with flying colours.

summit to eat

Summit to eat meals range from breakfast, main and desserts and hold a good calorific value that is required when out in tough conditions and as opposed to some other meals they actually taste really good.

There products can be purchased online here they offer shipment abroad from the UK and free delivery on purchases over £25.00 (or 50eu).

Shelf life of these products is at least 7 years from the date of manufacture if stored properly so you could purchase a bulk order and throw them in fishing bag, canoe bag, hiking bag etc etc.

Fruit, savoury and cheese pouches only have a 2 years shelf life from the date of manufacture if stored properly.

The Summit to eat pouches are lightweight and only require boiling water to make them up.

Each freeze dried meal details the amount of water needed for optimum re-hydration on the back of the packet. The actual amount varies by product.

Summit to eat freeze dried meals

How much water required.

Main Meals


Pasta Bolognaise
Serves 1 – 136g, Approx. Amount of Water 360ml

Chicken Tikka with Rice
Serves 1 – 126g, Approx. Amount of Water 350ml

Chicken Fajita with Rice
Serves 1 – 128g, Approx. Amount of Water 275ml

Beef and Potato Stew
Serves 1 – 118g, Approx. Amount of Water 360ml

Macaroni Cheese
Serves 1 – 112g, Approx. Amount of Water 175ml

Vegetable Chilli with Rice
Serves 1 – 136g, Approx. Amount of Water 350ml

Salmon and Broccoli Pasta
Serves 1 – 117g, Approx. Amount of Water 280ml

Chicken Fried Rice
Serves 1 – 121g, Approx. Amount of Water 350ml

Breakfast & Desserts


Scrambled Egg with Cheese
Serves 1 – 80g, Approx. Amount of Water 260ml

Morning Oats with Raspberry
Serves 1 – 91g, Approx. Amount of Water 225ml

Rice Pudding with Strawberry
Serves 1 – 86g, Approx. Amount of Water 155ml

Chocolate Mousse with Granola & Cherry
Serves 1 – 97g, Approx. Amount of Water 145ml

Custard Apple Crunch
Serves 1 – 70g, Approx. Amount of Water 160ml

See how their products are made.

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What I carry on a 3 to 4 day Hike.

What I carry on a
3 to 4 day Hike.

What I carry on a 3 to 4 day Hike. Some people have asked and I think its good to share experiences of Obviously there’s a lot depending on what you carry, things like weather, terrain, drinking water and if the dog is with me or not.

what I carry on a 3 to 4 day Hike.

I think it is a really good idea first to write down what you want to take and then slow remove items and items you have forgotten about.

This also gives you the opportunity just to see how much you want to take.

I have a habit of thinking “If you haven’t got it you can’t use it” and sometimes I need pulling back to reality. Ok, you need to be safe i.e. correct amount and type of clothing, correct sleeping bag, waterproofs, 1st aid but you really don’t need to take all of your gear you own.

Why has what I carry changed?

After completing the Fjallraven Classic in Sweden I soon realised that I was taking way to much kit with me. I had 3 / 4 changes of clothes, waterproofs, then a poncho in case it was bad and loads of other items I really didn’t need. If you look at my original packing list for that trip it has really differed compared to what I packed for the same length of time in the Lake District last summer. There where differences in what I took but there always will be.

As time progresses kit will change (much to my wife disagreement). You realise that the bag you brought 2nd hand really isn’t suitable and by spending a little money you can bring the weight of that bag down as well.

I like to think of myself as lightweight but I also like to be comfortable and have a few items for this that isn’t really necessary. The less you carry the easier it will be on your back, knees and ankles.

Once you have your list layout all of your gear and in your book mark of what you have got and mark what you still need to get.

Have a look at it all and ask yourself “do I really need that teddy bear?” if the answer is no then put Mr Snuggles back.

This is all personal preference so what I carry on a 3 to 4 day hike might not be what you would carry.

Important Items

Things that you really must take are:

  • 1st aid kit, (it doesn’t need to be huge with massive trauma dressing, tourniquets etc but enough to deal with an emergency until help arrives.
  • Method for summoning help (either phone or an emergency GPS device I use SPOT).
  • Correct Clothing.
  • Water Purification.
  • Shelter.
  • Food.
  • Cooker / Water heating.

What I carry on a 3 to 4 day Hike.

Osprey Exos 48l RucksackBag: Osprey Exos 48l

Sleeping Bag: 3 season down.

Tent: LanShan 1 Lightweight 3 season tent.

Sleeping Mat: EXPED Downmat Lite.

Waterproof Jacket: Fjern Orkan.

Waterproof Trousers: Rab Downpour.

Base Layer: Revolution Race Sneaky Balaclava.

Wind Layer: Fjallraven High Coast.

review revolution race GPx Pro pantsTrousers: Revolution Race GPx Pro

Socks: Armaskin anti blister socks & Merino wool socks.

Cooking: JetBoil Flash

Water Purification: Sawyer Mini

Water Bottle: Nalgene 1l.

Spot Tracker / Emergency Assistance

UcoGear Candle

Freeze dried food.

Mosquito Repellent

Other Items:

Sit Mat, Wash Kit*, Trash Bag, Head Lamp, Camera gear, Jerky, Cup-a-soups, nuts, Spork, map, toilet roll, shovel, Possibles pouch** and sleeping clothes***

*Wash kit comprises of a cut down toothbrush, small tube of tooth paste, ‘Pits N Bits’ towel of wash and suntan lotion in small bottle.

**Possible Pouch: length of paracord, swiss knife, lighter, compass, headlamp batteries, sowing kit and a few other odds and sods.

*** Sleeping clothes are kept in a dry bag and can be used in an emergency these are a set of thermals.

Video: What I carry in my bag for a 3 – 4 day hike.

Please see equipment page for a more extensive list of equipment I use.

Please comment below on items that you carry and feedback is also appreciated.

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Affordable backpacking tents review.

affordable lightweight backpacking tent review
affordable lightweight backpacking tent review

When you search the internet for affordable solo back packing tents you will become inundated with with affordable backpacking tents.

Some will be high end and some very cheap and probably not be suitable or won’t last one camp.

Each tent has its good points and bad points some however don’t have any good points and these are generally the really cheap ones that you can find.

Below is a review of three affordable solo back packing tents.

All three of the tents below can be purchased for under £100 and as cheap as £53.

Vango Blade Pro 100

I used this tent whilst participating in the Fjallraven Classic Sweden. It was great for me and I was lucky I didn’t have to pitch it in the pouring rain. I at 1.83cm could sit up in this tent, just enough space for my bag in the vestibule (but have to crawl over bag to get out for the call of nature). Offering incredible value for money the Blade 100 tent from Vango is a single pole tent with an overall weight of less than 2kg.

Vango Blade Pro 100

The use of a single alloy pole keeps the weight of this tent down to just 1.82kg. Pitching is quick and easy with just a single pole.

Downfall is the inner needs pitching first (not great if its raining). Hyrdostatic Head: 5000, Ground sheet hydrostatic head: 6000. Two compression straps are used to keep the pack size small.

Flysheet door vent allows ventilation, increasing air flow and reducing condensation creating a comfortable nights sleep. With lightweight pegs and taking the tent out of the supplied bag this tent weighs 1.63

Price: £86.40 Taunton Leisure

Wild Country Zephros 1

The Zephyros 1 person tent offers an ideal blend of low weight, reliable weather proof performance coupled with a competitive retail price. Hydrostatic Head: 4000, Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head:6000. The outer is pitched first which is good if it is raining.

It uses the Superflex alloy pole and tried and tested Wild Country, high performance flysheet and groundsheet fabrics. This tent when swapped with lightweight pegs and minus the bag weighs 1.41kg.

Based on an existing highly successful Terra Nova design, the single poled Zephyros tent gives sturdy resistance to bad weather whilst also offering spacious sleeping and storage areas. The tent pitches flysheet and inner together for speed but I would recommend packing the inner away seperately if you haven’t time to dry condensation of the inner of the fly.

Price: £94.99 Funky Leisure

3L UL Gear LanShan 1

I originally saw this tent on a youtube video of someone completing the Coast to Coast walk and liked the look of it for a summer lightweight back packing tent.

The item was purchased of Aliexpress and took about 2 weeks for delivery from China. It is extremely light weight at once the pegs where swapped at 820gms. You use your walking pole to erect this tent. The Hydrostatic head of the flysheet is: 5000 and the groundsheet which is bath tub design: 8000.

Slight flaw in design as where the webbing is stitched for guy lines and guy ropes this hasn’t been waterproofed so rain will seep in and drip onto inner.

This is easily fixed with seam sealer and small patches on the inside (see video below).

If you are tall like me there isn’t a lot of head room. There is Loads of space inside, large vestibule and can be pitched either inner or outer first.

Out of all three of these affordable backpacking tents this is my favourite as a 3 season tent, but if there is the chance of some bad weather I would use the Wild Country Zephros 1.

They each have there good and bad points and what works for me might not be what works for you and also it is weather depending on which one I use.

Price: £58.27 AliExpress

Pros & Cons of the affordable backpacking tents.

ModelInner/Outer
pitched first
Hydrostatic
head
WeightPriceLink
Vango Blade
Pro 100
Inner50001.63£86.40Taunton
Leisure
Wild Country
Zephros 1
Outer
(with inner
attached)
40001.41£94.99Funky
Leisure
3L UL Gear
LanShan 1
Inner or
Outer
5000820gms£58.27AliExpress

If you want a really lightweight option then I don’t think you can beat a lightweight tarp as these are really versatile in how you use them. (see video)

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Hiking along the Suffolk Coastal Path.

hiking along the suffolk coastal path
Wind pump South of Walberswick.

I try to keep up with my distance walking and regularly  go hiking along the Suffolk Coastal path.  I had planned to arrive at the beach before sunrise and setup the cameras to get some time-lapse of the sunrise but there was too much cloud cover.  

Hiking along the Suffolk Coastal Path.

I arrived at Walberswick just before dawn to a windy and cloudy beach with no chance of a good sunrise, so started walking South towards Dunwich.

I was following part of the Suffolk Coastal Path which starts at Lowestoft the most Easterly point of the British Isles and ends at the ferry port town of Felixstowe.  So with Boots and Armaskin on my feet, day pack, water and Dog I headed along the shingle beach.

hiking along the suffolk coastal path
Dunwich River feeding the reedbeds.

There was a strong westerly wind and luckily no rain, so I headed towards the marshes and reed beds south of Walberswick planning to cut west through the reedbeds towards the Sandlings Way and into Dunwich forest.  We came across no one else hiking the suffolk coastal path the beach was empty.

My trusty sidekick and me walked the well made path through the reeds and passed an old wind pump.  It is here that the path splits to follow west through the marshes and into Dunwich Forest or South along the Suffolk Coastal path. 

Normally I would head West but today chose a different route after checking out my map on view ranger where I have marked areas of the forest I regularly use for meal stops. So after hiking along the Suffolk Coastal path further than normal I followed South a little more and cut through the trees I could get to my usual stop and miss out all of the muddy path leading through the reedbeds.

After following the path along a dirt road for a bit I headed through the trees and reached my meal stop.

Breakfast time.

Today I had brought my JetBoil with me to cook breakfast and brew a coffee.  Breakfast consisted of square sausage, bacon, black pudding and mushrooms.  

I have a pan adapter for the jetboil so I can take of the water pot and use any pan with it.  

I don’t normally use gas for cooking a fresh meal on, I prefer to use a bush box or a wood gas stove but as I was packing light and also as I have a cafeteria plunger for the jetboil I could brew some fresh coffee and cook a fry up.

hiking along the suffolk coastal path

So once I had cleared up and packed away it looked like the weather was going to change so pulled out my rain jacket I did have my waterproof trousers in my bag but I had received a pair of Revolution Race Zip Up Pants and wanted to see how waterproof these where.

By the time we returned back the beach the rain was quite hard and these trousers held up really well ( I will review them soon).

If you fancy hiking along the Suffolk coastal path there is a book available

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Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

Here’s a quick review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants

I had a delivery of a new pair of outdoor pant from Revolution Race.  I have had a pair of their GPx pants for a while now and really like wearing them.

I’ve used them in many different environments.  I wore them for 4 days walking in the Lake District and they worked well.

What I liked about them is the way that they dried really quickly.

I wanted something even more hard wearing for more arduous terrain and use especially for walking from Nikkaluokta to Abisko next summer.

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants
GPx Pro Pants

GPx Pro Pants are a multifunctional hybrid pant with 4-way stretch and reinforcements on the knees, seat and lower legs.  I especially like the reinforced areas around the heels.

The reinforcements in RVRC® Flex is both wind and water repellent.

The stretch panels ventilate and gives an incredible comfort and are very fast drying.

Review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants
Side Ventilation

The pants are equipped with ventilation zippers along the thighs, these are extremely good at releasing heat and condensation if need be.

The knees are fitted with pockets for knee pads if required and with boot hooks these pants are ideal for muddy / rocky terrain.

Like the GPx Pants they are very figure hugging.  If like me your used to baggy pants, these take a little to get used.

Once you’ve adapted to them you’ll find them extremely comfortable.

The only down fall I found is that even thought the pants are hooked onto my boots they still ride up on the back of my boots.

Heres a short video review Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants.

Specification

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