East Anglian Air Ambulance revealed their plans for a the event taking place on Sunday 8th September 2019; a 24-mile or 24k long trek across the North Norfolk Coast! Finishing at the beautiful grounds of Holkham Hall They are looking for teams and individuals to take up this challenge and raise funds for this life-saving charity!
East Anglian Air Ambulance
Since their launch in 2000 they have attended over 25,000 lifesaving missions, touching the lives of many thousands of people.
Their crew comprises specialist pre-hospital doctors and critical-care paramedics, operating out of two high-tech helicopters from 07:00 until 19:00 from the Norwich base and from 07:00 until 01:30 from the Cambridge base. They were the first air ambulance in the country to attend helicopter emergency medical incidents in the hours of darkness to unknown and unlit sites.
You can register your interest for trek24 for East Anglian Air Ambulance HERE and you will be contacted when further news of the event is made available.
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Armaskin (anti blister socks) have offered a 10% discount to anyone purchasing there products for this event. Armaskin offer complete 100% no blisters when using there socks.
These anti blister socks are worn under you usual sock stopping friction.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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).
Cooker / Water heating.
What I carry on a 3 to 4 day Hike.
Bag: 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.
Trousers: 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
Freeze dried food.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 RaceZip 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