Wild Weekend

Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st July 2019

By Angela Owen

Meeting Arrangements

We will begin our adventure at 10:00am on Saturday the 20th July, starting from the Capel Curig Carpark, A5 Capel Curig, Clwyd. The nearest postcode is LL24 0EN (for sat-nav purposes).  We can arrange car sharing via our Facebook Page. Myself and Bev both have spaces in our cars.  I plan to  leave Chesterfield at 6:00am on the 20th July. Bev will be leaving from Belper at 6:00am also. we have space for 4 in each car.  We both have space for parking at our homes. We can share petrol expenses and help do our little bit for the environment.

Equipment

 

Pack as light as possible, you will need less than you think.

Essentials:

  • A large rucksack between 35 and 65 litres:
  • Small tent or bivvy bag
  • A portable stove, basically you want a stove that won’t weigh you down too much and is easy to get up and going. There are lots of tasty expedition meals available where you just add water. – Don’t forget the gas.
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Warm clothes, pack a fleece and avoid jeans – which are a nightmare when wet. I wear my walking kit and then just pack a pair of leggings and a warm top as tent wear, I wear my socks to bed and they dry overnight.
  • Cutlery: cup/plate/spork,
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bag: Something appropriate to the season. Down is great for winter but if it gets wet you’ll be in for a world of trouble. Bonus tip: A dry sack or bin liner will help keep your sleeping bag dry even if the weather turns sour.
  • Head Torch
  • Large water bottle – I use a Nalgene bottle as it will take boiling water and I put it into the foot of my sleeping bag as a hot water bottle.
  • Food and drinks and chocolate: High energy snacks such as nuts are a great way to keep you going.
  • Water purifying tablets. (I boil fresh running water for around 10 minutes to purify it but this can carry health risks.)
  • A dry bag: keeps your clothes and sleeping bag dry. Bring a few if needed.
  • Insect repellent: Stops the midges making your life miserable and wards off ticks.
  • A whistle.

Optional:

  • Camping Pillow or you can always roll up clothes.
  • Small trowel, the best way to dig a hole in the event of needing the loo, wet wipes and hand sanitizers are also useful.
  • Sunglasses and sun cream.
  • A first aid kit with the addition of a tick remover. (I will be carrying a comprehensive first aid kit)
  • Toiletries and any medication kept in a dry bag, if you need to use soap, please ensure it is biodegradable to avoid any negative effect on the environment.
  • Gloves, a buff, a warm hat, sun hat with a cap.
  • Walking poles – I take them when carrying a heavy pack as it reduces the impact on my knees.
  • Pen knife.

Please also ensure you have supportive and waterproof boots as we will tend to get off the beaten track at times

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” – Terry Tempest Williams

If you have a compass and copy of the Ordnance Survey OL17 Snowdonia map please bring them along.  I will print off maps of the area we will be exploring.   If you plan to buy a compass I strongly recommend the Silva Expedition Type 4 – this is the perfect general-purpose navigation compass.

If there is anything on the list that you do not have or do not want to buy, please do not hesitate to contact me and they can be hired for a small fee.

 

A local School we are in contact with hires out their state of the art kit, and all proceeds raised helps enable disadvantaged students the opportunity to take part in their DofE programme.

 

Wild Country tent (2 person) – £10 per day

Trangia Cooks Set (2 Person without fuel) – £4 per day

1lt water bottle – £1 per day

Collapsible Plate, Mug and Spork – £1 per day

Inflatable Roll Mat – £2 per day

Gaiters – £2 per day

Sleeping Bag (Synthetic) – £4 per day

Sleeping bag Liner – £1 per day                                                

Rucksack 55lt – £5 per day

Rucksack Liner – £2 per day

Mountain Hat – £2 per day                                                          

 

Please let us know with a week in advance what you would like to hire, so we can provide details of how to make the payment to the school and the required deposit to cover loss or damage.     

An interesting article by Phoebe Smith.

http://www.phoebe-smith.com/kit-list-whats-in-my-go-bag/

 

Minimising the impact when camping in a remote mountain location.

 

  • We will Camp high and off the beaten track on open hills away from houses and farms.
  • We will pitch our tents later in the day and leave early to minimise our visual presence.
  • We must leave no trace that we have camped. This is how long it takes for some items to decay, a banana peel – a month, paper – a couple of months, a wool scarf – 1 year, a hard-plastic container – 3 decades and a rubber boot sole – 7 decades.
  • We mustn’t light any fires and only use gas stoves for cooking.
  • Toileting should be at least 30 m away from any water source or path, and waste buried at least 15cm deep and covered over. Carry paper and any sanitary items away with you.
  • Leave no litter; take away all rubbish and food scraps with you.
  • We cannot pollute the area with any non-eco-friendly detergents and must not use streams and rivers for washing with soaps or other washing products. If necessary you could take a small bowl and dispose of this well away from any water courses.
  • Choose your pitch carefully and avoid digging ditches, trampling plants and moving rocks and stones just to accommodate your tent.
  • Be quiet.
  • If possible, use unobtrusive coloured tents that blend in with the scenery.