By Jake Thompsett
The plan was simple:
- Hike from Glyntawe over the Carmarthen Fans to a campsite North of the Brecon Beacons then using a different route, hike back.
- Cured meats (chorizo, salami...)
- Oatcakes and crackers
- Tinned meats and pate's (tuna, beef pate...)
- GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts)
- Sweet and chocolate snacks
- Lightweight snack and nutrition bars ('Naked' bars a re great!)
Much of these supplies will be bought in the UK and flown out with us, all we then need to purchase in Iceland are cured meats, cheese and other fresh items. This saves a huge amount of "faff" in country, but also saves a lot of money!
- 50g Fat
- 20g Protein
- 50g Carbohydrates
Camp, Tips & Tricks...
- First things first, pitch your tent: Do this as well as possible. Five extra minutes of faff beforehand could save an hour in the middle of the night
- Arrange your sleeping gear: pump up your mattress, lay out your sleeping bag, take your dry sack full of dry kit and put it in the tent. Have it all ready to go for when you want to crawl inside.
- Prep for the evening and night: Have your evening meal, stove, water, cook kit and anything else ready in a place of convenience (I opt for accessible in the tent porch) before you ditch your boots and waterproofs and get into your tent or porch. There's nothing worse than crawling in out of the elements and then forgetting you have no water left! Don't forget to put things such as a head torch and toothbrush in the tent as well!
- Prep for the morning: Have everything ready to go for the morning, have your breakfast and brew kit out with stove, cook kit and water. Have all your drysacks and compression bags all in one place ready to pack items away in the morning. There's a good chance it'll rain when you wake up so you want to be able to do as much work as possible before getting out of your tent so pack what you can whilst you're inside!
The biggest talking point of the weekend was how walking multiple days with kit makes such a difference, it's easy to thrash yourself all day if you know you can slide into a hot bath and a comfy, dry bed. But if you have to camp out, and then do the same again the next day, it's a whole different story. So here's the main "lessons learned" by the team for the weekend:
- Separate dry sacks for different items is key
- Preparing physically and mentally effectively to ensure you can carry weight over rough and steep terrain for multiple days, not just walking for an hour or two on the flat with a heavy rucksack!
- Self preservation is key for multi day remote treks: managing your layers, eating and drinking regular, not pushing yourself too hard, staying dry. All factors in increasing your chances of comfortable completing a trek
- "Vent your Tent" especially when there's two sweaty men inside
- Andrew (Rosy) doesn't like steep climbs...at all....
- Andy likes to hurl himself through the air randomly when he has a heavy pack on at just the sight of a trip hazard...
- James likes his biltong how he likes his ladies... (I'll let you finish that one off!)