Thursday 24 March 2016

Bla Band Wilderness Stew

Having used Mountain House for the last 3 years I was getting tired of the same old flavours and decided a change was badly needed.  I had seen the odd picture and mention of a brand called Bla Band so I decided to give them ago, I ordered 10 from Basecamp Food, they were the cheapest I could find at £5.99 each.  I purchased a mix of flavours and I tried the first one, Wilderness Stew with rice on my recent trip to the Howgills.  I was blown away with the taste and quality of the meal, the meat used might not appeal to everyone as it's Reindeer meat which too me tastes similar to venison, but it adds so much flavour to the rice and cream sauce and there was plenty of meat in it as well!!  The packaging is good and  easy to access with a standard spoon with fill lines on the inside which is always beneficial.  It says leave for 10 minutes to hydrate but I left mine for 15 minutes and it was perfect, it never touched the sides and is just what you need after a long day on the hill.  I've put a short video on this Blog and I'll update as I try the different flavours, but after the first I have to say, the rest have a lot too live up too!!
Theres a link to Basecamp below

Thursday 17 March 2016

Rossett Pike Wild Camp January 2016

Our Second camp of the Year,we ended  up just off Rosset Pike it snowed for most of the night but we had a decent sunrise,There was 3 of us on this trip the other 2 were Peter Dixon and Alex Atkinson.

Bear Pawwed Cuben Lair in the snow

Sunday 24 January 2016

First Camp of 2016

After a frustrating end to 2015,weather wise,it was great too get back out for a camp,I was with Peter Dixon and Matt Holland.We camped near 3 tarns on Crinkles crags.We pitched about 3.30 just  in time before it snowed for 14hrs and the wind got up too 50mph gusts and also changed direction twice,so it was a bit of a rough night! We packed  up about 7.00 o'clock on the Sunday morning.And we got back too the Cars about 9.30 and went straight for a Breakfast in the cafe at Chapel Stile.

Thursday 5 November 2015

6 Day Knoydart Backpack Part 1 Days 1 and 2

Heres some photos and video of the first 2 days of a recent 6 day backpack in Knoydart,it was my first trip to this area and it was superb,I did the trip with my best mate Peter Dixon,also I bagged my 100th Munro on this trip.
Maripossa Pack 6six Days Food and a litre of Water 13kg

1 Days food supply

Our Start Point Kinloch Hourn

Barrisdale Bay

Fresh Mussels picked from the Bay 

Barrisdale Bothy,A quick stop too cook our Mussels

View from our first nights camp looking towards Loch an Dubh-Lochain

Bear Pawwed Cuben Lair (with front extension) and MLD Cuben Duomid

Inversion Forming from our Camp

View towards Ladhar Bheinn

Camped above the clouds on our second night

Sunset above the clouds

Sunday 16 August 2015

Howgills Backpack

Some Photos and a video from our recent 2 night trip too the Howgills,it was a great trip 2 sumit  camps and an inversion (with Peter Dixon and Oscar)