A flask is a tricky thing to review. If you want all the technical specs then try the SIGG website , but at the heart of it a flask either keeps things hot, or it doesn’t, so I thought I’d talk about how a flask could help us out on the trail.
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.
The first post in this series detailed what we carry when in hike in lowland areas and to be honest that list is a good basis for hiking in mountainous areas with 3 kids. However there are a few extra bits we like to carry with us in the mountains. Some are for additional safety, some to make the trail a bit easier
Surely starting next to a named body of salt water and finishing next another named something different counts as a Coast to Coast Hike? Like the North Sea to the Irish Sea. Or in this case, the Solent to the English Channel.
Dad! Shift your butt over!!!
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,
Sometimes we have to share a route. Its not fun and we don’t like it. But eventually it gets us to where we want to go.
Day 2 of our hike around this little island we call home.
Ice creams, amusements and dead hiking shoes included.
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?
There are many benefits to hiking on the coast. Scenic views, access to “facilities”, plentiful Ice Cream to name a few.
Last week we hiked around the Isle of Wight, our home. Here’s a little highlights package of the hike while I write up a full trip report.
These 3 were so excited to be climbing their first ever mountain and I can’t find the words to tell you how happy I was, just to be in the mountains with the kids at long last. It didn’t matter if we made it to the summit or not (we did) we just wanted toContinue reading “First Time for Everything”
2 mountains, sleeping under the stars and a super moon and hiking some 21 miles in just over 24 hours
Hiking the Tennyson Trail, Isle of Wight in February 2017.