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.
I came across this DAKY SubZero Waterproof Socks on instagram and after a little research on there website I thought these might be good to wear with the Armaskin anti blister socks in a pair of trail runners.
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
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.