Trek24 For East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Trek24

Trek24 for East Anglian Air Ambulance. This popped up on my instagram feed the other day so I though I’d register my interest.

Hiking on the Fells


I enjoy taking part in adventures for charity the last one I did for charity was the Fjallraven Classic in 2017 in Northern Sweden where we raised over £3000 for Suffolk Accident and Rescue.

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.

East Anglian Air Ambulance
Crew responding to a call

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. 

Please share this post and any other posts relating to this event from the East Anglian Air Ambulance to make this event a good turn out therefore benefiting this life saving charity please use the tags #TogetherWeSaveLives #Trek24 #EveryStepCounts

armaskin anti blister socks

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.

Please use code: betweenthetrees www.armaskin.com on checkout.

#TogetherWeSaveLives #Trek24 #EveryStepCounts

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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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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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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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Hiking the Birch Forest

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Hiking the Birch Forest.

Today was time to head out hiking the Birch Forest.  The weather has been perfect recently for foraging for fungi so I headed out into the woods to see if I could spot any.

As we started to walk into the birch forest i could see there where many slippery jacks but not fresh that morning.

We had a good walk around saw some birch polypores these are inedible but have some use in bushcraft and emergency situations:

Birch Polypore
Birch Polypore

Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) is also called Razor Fungus and can be used as a strop to give a blade a Razor sharp edge.

As well as giving your blade a super sharp edge it can also be turned in to a plaster. By slicing out a piece of the underside of the fungus and peeling it off you can make yourself a bushcraft plaster!

 

Funny how nature works the same thing that keeps your knife sharp also keeps your blood in when you cut yourself!!

hiking the birch forestI enjoy hiking the birch forest we had a look around but no fresh fungi so decided to stop and make some breakfast and coffee.

I was using a small bush box for the fire and was using a flint, steel and birch bark to start my fire.  Camera messed up so missed filming starting the the fire.

The area I stopped for food was full of slippery jacks so I marked the area on my view ranger app for a time when conditions would be better for fungi.

More on foraging

I had recently been playing and designing a foraging pouch which can be clipped onto a belt and is rolled up in a leather holder (below).

First attempt was ok but I need to remove some of the clasps and turn them around so the bag could be removed from leather holder.  Also so that the top of the leather holder could be clipped to inside of bag.

 

Foraging pouch
Foraging Pouch

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