After going out on a few longer 2 day hikes we felt confident enough to have a proper backpacking trip. Packing for that first trip on the West Highland Way was difficult and we carried way too much stuff which kind of hampered the enjoyment of the first couple of days. By the 5th day on trail we had whittled down some of the excess and ate a lot of the food we had been carrying so things became easier. We went from what we might need to what we had actually used.
I think the biggest factor was that feeling of simply moving through a landscape at a pace dictated by me. Not the weight in my pack or how fast the kids were moving or what the trail was like or how much my legs ached. If I wanted to run, I ran.
We made a little video of our recent hike down one riverbank and back up the other. It’s over on our new YouTube channel so head over and give us a subscribe,
A bouldering trip to Portland. (No, not that one)
A recommended watch for anyone who dreams of travelling long term with the family in an RV
Thunderstorms, Traffic Jams, Loads of Boulders and a new favourite place to go!
Day One of our Round the Island hike on the Isle of Wight Coastal Path
So every time we hit the trail, I’ve gone through this process of asking myself these questions and at times they can cause some anxiety, am I doing the right thing? What if we haven’t enough food? or do the kids really want to hike 10 miles today?
A lovely spot for a bite. For us and the midges.
A muddy trail and a lost boot
Our first outdoor climbing experience on REAL rock
Hunting for Giants on the Cerne Valley Trail