It’s the peak season for wildlife in the Scottish islands and we are walking the newly opened Hebridean Way- 180 miles from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis. In this post I talk about the appeal of this new route, trail logistics and some minor gear updates.
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.
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!