The Outdoorsy "Sofa".

Discussion in 'general sports' started by chilango, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    Come on over. Plonk yourself down, or sit politely. Take a deep breath and relax. Put a brew on. Or sigh with exasperation. Swear if you like. Just don't be mean.

    Here on the sofa damp rock - with a puddle just where yer arse is - we can share our knowledge, woes, trials and tribulations about climbing, hiking, camping, or whatever and show off our new garish lycra goretex or ridiculous overspecced stove.


    [shamelessly pilfered from the K&S Sofa thread, sorry!]
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  2. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

  3. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

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  4. quimcunx

    quimcunx protestant traybake

    Surely it's the outdoorsy shooting stick?

  5. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    Make one of them out of lightweight titanium and the seat of cuben fibre and you might be onto something.

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  6. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    i, for one, look forward to buying one for £3000 and spending the rest of my life telling people (and trying to convince myself) that no, its not just a really expensive chair, its a paradigm shifting enabler.

    and crying myself to sleep...
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  7. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    I got a new stove yesterday :cool: Alpkit Koro. Its very light. Very light.

    My cookset got seized by Canadian Air Transport security a few weeks back. Pans and everything :mad:
  8. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    has anyone tried the Alpkit Dumo - inflatable sleeping mat thing?

    they're out of stock at the mo but i'm considering it for bothy trips, camping and bivys...
  9. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    I changed to my Autumnal open water swimsuit today and had the most glorious swim followed by a lovely bike ride through fluttering golden leaves. Hopefully this evening we're heading to a bunkhouse for some (very low-key - kids+dog) walking this weekend.

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  10. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Haven't tried that one, we've got a couple of these for bikepacking and they've been great. Bit less cushy looking than that but I've slept on a stone bothy floor with it and been fine. Very lightweight too.
    Multimat Superlite 25 475g
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  11. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    This is my bikepacking setup


    And some snaps from our last big trip in July


    :cool: hopefully we'll be off to Glenfinnan for an overnight camping trip at the beginning of October if the weather manages to be favourable :hmm:

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  12. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    Heard mutterings about quality issues with this a couple of years back scratch that, that was the Numo is the Dumo new?, but I've yet to be disappointed with Alpkit stuff.

    I have (or had, depending upon whether my patch repair works) a Hyalite (ex POE) Peak Elite that I picked up for £20 from TK. It's done me well. Though I've started "borrowing" my wife's Neoair X-Therm which is ridiculously toasty for no weight.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017
  13. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

    Can I join in here? Wild camping, cycling, rock climbing and hill walking for me :cool:
  14. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

  15. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    I've bought myself a bike (to replace yet another thieved one - grrr) that is classed as an adventure/gravel bike. I do actually want to ride it off-road, tho know it won't do really gnarly stuff. Does anyone know of a compendium of off-road routes around SE England (easy reach of London) to help me go and try it out before the mud takes over?
  16. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    Naked roll-mat fighting?
  17. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

    Heres a little piccy from a recent trip...

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  18. Poot

    Poot Everyone's a superhero, everyone's a Captain Kirk

    God, weepiper your pictures are making me so nostalgic that I can almost smell that landscape.
  19. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    Cheers both..

    I've long been a fan of the self-indulgent mats - I bought my first one in Tiso on Buchanan Street in Glasgow in about 2000 - but I just can't get them to last. I've had Alpkit ones, Thermarests, £20 cheapies, a Vango one and every one of them has punctured within months, (this dear reader is of course because of my vigourous and prolonged love-making, and a not because I'm a fat git who gets banned from bouncy castles...) and I've gone back to using the old style closed cell mats on the basis that they might be crap, but at least they don't break...

    However, both old age and Gucci gear syndrome strike, and I want something tasty!
  20. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    I have the Numo, pretty good for the price/weight. However it seems to have developed a slow puncture last week which I need to try and sort, but it’s had quite a bit of use since I bought it.
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  21. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Up against the wall motherfucker.

    Exped down mat. Makes sleeping outside luxurious. And not too heavy to carry about in a pack if you get the right model.
  22. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Up against the wall motherfucker.

    Recently bought an Arcteryx alpine pack Alpha FL 45 Backpack Unisex's and one of those very nice Patagonia active synthetic insulation tops that's a 'put on leave on' kind of thing as it breathes so well Patagonia Men's Nano-Air® Hoody.

    Hoping to get a few short trips in this coming winter. Early starts, easy climbs, down in time for tea and medals.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2017
  23. LynnDoyleCooper

    LynnDoyleCooper Up against the wall motherfucker.

    I would also put some pics up of a recent alpine trip, but my phone broke and they're now lost to the ether.
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  24. baldrick

    baldrick ooooh timewarp

    I have no interesting photos either, I tend to get absorbed and forget.

    However I did buy a ridiculous sleeping bag in the summer, weighs nothing and it was like sleeping in a toasty warm cloud. After 15 hours of running it was just the thing. However my bank account wasn't so keen.
  25. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    My last proper (not 5 minutes from the car) wild camp. High Street in July.

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  26. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

  27. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

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  28. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

    :D not heard that in years!
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  29. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    The quality it surprisingly good - both material and build - it's not something to wear under a rucksack for 6 months, but it's pretty comfortable to wear for long periods in crap weather.

    I'm pretty sure it's Gore-tex paclite - and you ain't getting a paclite jacket for £40 new..

    Its a good example of the massive change in the quality of issued gear: when I went to Bosnia in 1994 the only issued stuff I wore was an Arctic windproof smock, my body armour, helmet and rifle - everything else was a commercial purchase that was light years ahead of what was on offer from the man at Q&M - yet now if you sent me for an aggressive camping holiday in the Bosnian winter the only personal purchase gear I'd take would be a Snugpak Sasquatch and some silk undies. Even the issue winter doss bag is as good as anything you'd buy from Rab for £500...
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  30. baldrick

    baldrick ooooh timewarp

    Getting to the time of year where headtorches become useful. Any recommendations? I've gone through a lot of cheap ones.

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