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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Looking after your Leather Boots.

looking after your leather boots
looking after your leather boots
Natural Boot Grease.

Looking after your leather boots is a must.  

The one thing with wearing leather boots outdoors a lot is if they aren’t looked after they will fail in more ways than one.

The one thing with wearing leather boots outdoors a lot is if they aren’t looked after they will fail in more ways than one.

They can rot if not dried out correctly, the stitching will become weak and they can lose their waterproofness.

If like me you are walking in a wet area then regular cleaning and dubbing will keep your boots waterproof.

The way that I look after my boots is by regularly applying boot cream / dubbing to them.

Looking after your leather boots will keep the boots, clean, waterproof and also keep them supply so they don’t crack.

There are many products out on the market but the one I have found to be completely natural and very good is product based on a extremely old recipe.  

Originally the Sami would make this dubbing and apply to there hand made Reindeer leather boots to keep them supply and waterproof.

Wilmas of Sweden have created a product based on this old recipe.  This is amazing leather conditioner.

Natural Product

It is made ​​from the choicest natural raw materials such as tar, pitch oil and natural fats. and really does penetrate into the leather and makes leather very soft, smooth and highly water repellent.
 
Wilma Kängsko-smorning gives a soft antique tint to pale natural leather.

Very easy to apply it will keep your boots at tip top condition.

The trick is to apply the dubbing on as clean boots as you can get them.  Gently rubbing the grease into the leather making sure that you are getting into all the cracks and especially the stitching.

If you can warm your boots up first so the pores of the leather open and then apply the grease this will have more of an effect.

Once done leave your boots somewhere warm so the grease penetrates the leather and then with a final buff they will be ready for whatever terrain they have to cross or pass through.

How to use this product.

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Out on the land by Ray Mears

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält.  It’s that time of the year when the nights draw in and many people turn to the comfort of an armchair and an open fire.

Even the most hardy of us who would be out in all weather find ourselves sitting indoors -brushing up on skills, servicing equipment, planning next years trips or learning different methods / places to visit through various means.

This book I am writing about is one of those books that you can’t put down and even when you’ve finished it it’s the type of book that stays on the coffee table and is picked up and shuffled through many times.Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält

This book by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is a fantastic beautiful must-have for every Bushcraft enthusiast!

 

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält: The Authors

Ray Mears is well know in the UK, Europe and Worldwide!   This book is written together with Lars Fält, the founder of the Swedish army survival school and instructor of the Parachute Rangers.

Lars has an enormous knowledge of life and survival in the wilderness of the Northern Hemisphere and is also the author of 10 books on this subject.

Ray’s has an enormous knowledge base, lots of experiences and a natural and peaceful approach to life.  His documentaries have and still are an inspiration for everyone.
Northern Hemisphere

In this wilderness, knowledge of the forest, Bushcraft, is indispensable and you have the best opportunities to apply it correctly.

Instructive and inspiring

The landscape, cultures, knowledge and traditions of the traditional inhabitants, the trees and animals, every piece of wilderness is covered.

This book has been in development for 30 years.

It contains an imaginative voyage of discovery through the impressive forests of the Northern Hemisphere.

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is full of information and covers every aspect of being in the wilderness in both winter and summer (clothing, kit, skills, cooking, survival).

Revealing the age-old traditions and techniques, and how to carry them out yourself.

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält
Lighting a fire in the snow

I love the way that this book refers back to the indigenous people of the Boreal Forest and shows how bushcraft was not just a way of life but a way of surviving.

This book describes extensively how you can live in this environment and what is needed for this.

Apart from a beautiful book Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is also a reference book for anyone who would like to experience this.

This book is a great source of information on methods, utilising natural products, recipes and much more.

What do I think about this book?

Like I said Out on the Land is a wonderful book that you will find difficult to put down!

Out on the land by Ray Mears and Lars Fält is full of impressive photos, stories, where and why these methods are used and awe inspiring. Which will get you outside and practice what you have learnt.

Loue Tarp

If you want to have a look at some of the equipment used in this book such as the Loue Tarp have at look at Ray’s website Woodlore.

Ray Mears has and still is a great inspiration to me.  I love his documentaries I learn a great deal from these especially his carving tuitions and fire lighting skills

Where to buy?

Interested readers can purchase this book in many languages from amazon.

Ray Mears Documentaries

One of my favourite episodes is when Ray is in Sweden.

This episode he starts of in the South, paddling with Lars.

Learning how to harvest fatwood to turn into pine tar and then ventures up North to learn day to day bushcraft from the Sami and learn about the importance of a Puukko.

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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

Continue reading “Revolution Race GPx Pro Pants”

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FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket I’ve had this jacket for about 2 months now and think I can safely say I have tried it in some pretty horrible conditions. So I think its safe for me to review this product.

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket Fjern was created by a group of UK based outdoor enthusiasts with over 150 years of joint experience as mountaineers, skiers, hikers, mountain guides and climbers.

Like me with a strong belief in the Nordic mind set that the outdoors is there to be enjoyed by everyone, whatever the weather.  One of my favourite saying is “Some people feel the rain others just get wet!

Fjern in many Scandinavian languages means Distant, Far, Remote and my opinion of the jacket I have been wearing is that it would do you proud on a distant / remote adventure.

FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket The Jacket I have been wearing and trialing is the OKRAN Waterproof Shell Jacket.

Designed with the worst alpine conditions in mind, the ORKAN will keep you dry and keep the wind out, whatever the weather.

Crafted using eVent® fabric with Direct Venting™ technology, the ORKAN keeps precipitation out whilst allowing perspiration to escape.eVent fabric

Designed with technical features including a fully adjustable helmet compatible hood, internal taped seams and an anatomical fit.

Product Review

Why this jacket?  I wanted something durable, lightweight that would endure the possibility of terrible conditions.  I heading back to Northern Sweden next year so I wanted something that wouldn’t let me down.

So i’ve now worn this in torrential rain, showers, wind, warmer weather and I must say this waterproof jacket beats any I have had previously.

It is relatively lightweight at 540gm ideal to have in your bag if the weather turns for the worse.

Likes

  • Chest Pockets
  • Draw string hood (keeping hood close to face)
  • Internal pocket
  • Doesn’t ride up on arms when bending forward
  • Pit Zips for venting
  • Anatomical Fit
  • Hanging Loop
  • Most importantly kept me dry all day in heavy rain

Dislikes

  • My only dislike is that this jacket tended to ride up my back with a rucksack on.  I normally wear a off the shelf XL and purchased an XL (Size 44) so purchased the XL.  Perhaps it would have been better with an XXL.

Im so glad I came across Fjern in fact I am waiting their Autumn / Winter release to try out their Overtrousers as the ones I have recently tried failed miserably.

The FJERN ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket can be purchased via Sportpursuit.com here.

Further details of the ORKAN Waterproof Shell Jacket on the Fjern website.

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The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil Have a look at this handy gadget on kickstater looks a handy gadget.  This popped up on my instagram feed the other day.  I like the look of it as I have a deep belief that each item you carry has to be multifunctional.

Great little gadget The splitterAlthough I wouldn’t carry this whilst out on a multi day hike when using freeze dried food.

The Splitter Cooking Multi-Utensil would be handy if you where cooking fresh food over a fire as the spatula would be needed.

Although saying that you could just take the Spork to eat out of the freeze dried bags.

 

Full Windsor, an outdoor accessories brand out of Los Angeles, released The Muncher not long ago and with it gave us all the perfect tool for chowing down around the campfire. But how do you get your food to your plate so you can chow down by the campfire? The answer is The Splitter, the latest product from the company. Like The Muncher, The Splitter is a multi utensil. Unlike The Muncher, however, The Splitter offers you food prep tools, not food eating tools. It contains a spatula, spork, and, thanks to some ingenuity, a pair of tongs. Best of all, this thing is built for camping, meaning it’s lightweight, easy to pack, and super durable. You can back the project on Kickstarter and expect to receive The Splitter early next year.

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