With the prospect of not washing for month in my mind I decided to do a quick search around to try and find out the possible effects. Although A LOT of the sites I stumbled upon were, to be honest, written by vegan hippies who claimed that somehow by not washing we could save the world… anyway here is a link to an interesting article on the matter.
Although she wasn’t spending everyday trekking, so perhaps not all that similar to what Noklan will be like.
Ok I admit it, im a self-confessed kit geek, I love just pouring over all the reviews and specifications I can get my hands on, and so far this has meant I have been thrilled with the quality of the numerous items arriving in the post every week-. But I have reached a stalemate with a couple of items of kit… Read more
Its only like 10 or something weeks until we go so I’ve been hitting the kit list hard trying to get together items that hopefully will stop me morphing with the ice when the mercury drops below the small numbers. However I am increasingly finding that the biggest issue is not finding good kit, there are a truck load of people out there willing to sell me new jackets or trousers that defy the laws of gravity to help you climb or represent a “quantum leap” in waterproofing technology- if only they new that a quantum is actually the smallest possible amount something can change by (showing my goony side a bit here aren’t I?) These new technologies are all well and good but its all so bloody expensive, and I find myself becoming incredibly anal about researching products and then getting the best deal- perhaps not a bad trait may I add.
So where has this all led me?- I have come to one conclusion, buy second hand. So far I have bought a silk sleeping bag liner, thermarest and some trekking poles for just £85- not bad considering a decent thermarest alone is £80 new.
Although perhaps I’ll avoid 2nd hand baselayers, I think they may be perfumed with the scent of eau de sweat.
So we’re all supposed to be training for Norway but I’m sure a lot of people are like me and never do as much as I plan to do. I think the problem is that it can be quite boring, after 5 miles on the same country lane you get pretty fed up with hedges and dead badgers! Anyway so last night I decided to go rock climbing to do something a bit difference and brush up on my rope skills for roping up in July! (EXCITED) So the first few climbs go really well and I start to feel like a bit of a ninja jumping up to get holds ect. So naturally I went to try the crazy overhanging climb called “the cave”- for obvious reasons. Lets just say, well, I was a bit rubbish got about 3m off the ground before giving in. So if at first you don’t succeed try again, and again and again. It was impossible. So now my arms are killing, it feels like my muscles are too short for my bones, just typing this is a bit of a strain to be honest. Maybe next time stick to the easy stuff, at least that way I’ll be a little less broken the next morning Picture of the climbing wall, “the cave” is on the other side.
Moving on this is my first post so I think it would only be right to introduce myself. Basically my name is Calum and I live in High Wycombe. Lets be honest I think most people are here to hear about Norway so moving on here is a picture of me breaking in my Scarpa Mantas a few months ago.