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    hi

    i am going on my first full week back packing

    what do you think i should pack

    it is in the lakes at end of may

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    This should be interesting...

    1. A rucksack

    2. who's next

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    fossil bluff

    not funny

    how did you start

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    With a sense of humour

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    Dont worry

    Other folk will pile in by the dozen and give you so much advice you wont know whether its bum or bread for breakfast...

    Seriously they will - I was making light of that in advance - not poking fun at you Bilbo.


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    fossil bluff

    ok point taken

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    Me next: a tent of some sort is good.

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    The first question is what do you allready have? Try not to spend too much at the start. Backpacking is a steep learning curve and you'll discard stuff after one or two trips that you realise you don't need. Try to beg, steal or borrow till you find out what's right for you. You need something to give you shelter, something to keep you warm when sleeping, cooking equipment, and clothes to keep you warm and dry. Lastly you need something to carry it all in. Leave the rucksack till last so you can get one the right size for your gear. The main thing you need is a sense of humour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Parkes View Post
    Me next: a tent of some sort is good.

    Ooo Ooo me next me me me ...... Some boots!

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    Actually Bilbo I dont agree with Mike for a second there - dont buy the gear and find a rucksack to fit around it otherwise you will be carrying the world and it's dog.

    Start with a rucksack of say no greater than 60 L and find compact kit that fits in it - and limit what you carry.

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    How about you tell us what you have thus far and what you were thinking of carrying???

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    Sleeping bag warm enough to cope with the weather, and a sleepmat to insulate you from the cold ground.

    Synthetic - cheaper but bulkier for lower temperatures.

    Down - dearer but packs smaller.

    Your tent, sleeping bag and cookset/food will be the bulk of your packs' volume.

    ...music's stopped, so on to ....

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    Actually Bilbo I dont agree with Mike for a second there - dont buy the gear and find a rucksack to fit around it otherwise you will be carrying the world and it's dog.</blockquote>

    Your reasoning is good if this is the start of a backpacking 'career' for bilbo. He may go once and never go back again. That was why i said what i did.

    If you borrow bit and pieces you don't know what sack you'll need till you get everything together. No point in spending a fortune at the beginning.

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    Ok thats cool Mike.

    See Bilbo - I told you there would be lots of advice.

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    Make sure you go Ultra Light though!

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    SUL doncha mean ?

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    Hiya there mate! We do have a starters guide to kit to pack and purchase here on the OM Forum of lately!

    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/f...0/cp/1/v/8/sp/

    So there you go then, have a butchers at that thread at the above link there, Bilbo! Happy trails!

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    Generally for kit shopping, always keep an eye tochecking out the 'Bargains' threadhere on the OM Forumtoo, for advice on what kit is on special offers, and where to get or find it. Next is to remember always to definitely check online stores for their sale and clearance sections as well,to help your money to go just that little bit further!

    Lastly, for now, with your boots in particular you really want to check out the new 'Footwear for the outdoors -buying' thread too! As the advice there is truly golden for a beginner! For instance, it is often thought best to try to buy those items such as boots and walking shoes after trying them on in an actual store; rather than after just looking and then ordering online or via mail order. Once you get to the buying bit, after deciding what it is you both need and want, then we can be of much more specific direct advice help to you, most likely! Come back to us then to finalise the best kit ideas for your specific ongoing needs then, from your own compiled shortlist of ideas; and we can help out a lot with better information for youfrom thereon out!

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    http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/f...N/7436/V/8/SP/

    You can access the constantly updated bargain alerts thread from this link here!

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