19. August 2014

Lightweight packing for the Lake District

Want to go on a lightweight backpacking trip and wondering what to take? Fear not, we'll show you what we had a long on a recent backacpking trip in the Lake District.

Camp III

The Lake District is a beautiful National Park in England and easy to travel to. It also has a superb infrastructure and there are B&Bs, Hotels and Camping Places across the whole area, as well as hundreds of Pubs, Restaurants and Cafés. But even if you don't want to drink a beer in a Pub after a walk in the hills the Lake District has much to offer to wild campers. Here's what we recommend you take along on your Lake District hike:

The Granite Gear Virga 2 is a spacious pack which has enough space for a week long trek if you go UL.

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo Tarp II is a spacious Tarp that has an optional inner and beak, allowing you a Midge-free space to sleep.

The Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite is arguably the best sleeping pad for 3-Season use, and allows you to really rest after a hard day in the hills.

Only 379 g light is the Cumulus X-Lite 200 but it keeps you warm till around 3°C.

As there's not a lot of biofuel in the Lakes you're best served with a gas stove, and the MSR Reactor 1.0 L works even on the top of a summit in gale force winds.
  Coffee on The Knott

A small & light headlamp like the Silva Siju gives you enough light to pitch your tarp at dusk, cook and read. 

With the Silva Ranger SL compass you can navigate in the clouds, and the Silva Path mapcase ensures your map isn't a soggy mess when it rains.

In our hygiene kit you find Dr. Bronners Magic Soap, a MSR Nano PackTowl, and a couple more things. For water filtering we have a Sawyer Mini Filter along, and against the midges we like the Sea To Summit Nano Mosquito net.

At 13g the pair the Camp Windmit'n keep our hands warm on the summits, and the extremities POWER STRETCH® Neck Gaiter works well as a beanie or around the neck to keep nasty, cold winds at bay.

If you're curious to see how we fit that all (and our food) into a 40 l backpack, watch the this video.



We hope this was interesting for you, and if you need help or have questions, please feel free to ask!

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