Swedish Army LK35 Rucksack

LK35

Swedish Army LK35 Rucksack

I’d read about these rucksacks a while ago and the Swedish Army Lk35 Rucksack appealed to me. I liked the old school metal frame and thought this would be a great bag for bushcraft and more importantly I wanted something I could use for hammock camping.

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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

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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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