In a few weeks times I’ll be embarking on a solo hike of the South Downs Way. For the first time I’ll be using a tarp for camping and this post describes my solo gear set-up and shows my first attempts at a series of tarp pitches.
It’s been 2 years since we started hiking seriously and our base-weight has dropped from 14kg (!) to 7kg. As we look to make more weight savings to achieve an ultralight set-up, we look at the learning curve we have been on that has helped us to be lighter hikers.
After a short, unplanned break from the trail, we have arrived back in Spain to complete our GR1 adventure. 400 miles remain on our journey to Santiago and mythical Finisterre, and we return refreshed and looking forward to our ascent into the mountains of Cantabria.
In a last effort to get our rucksack weights down we had to scrutinize each item and had to make some hard choices. The result was a fresh view of our kit and hitting our 9kg target baseweight!