Hard to believe but it seems my preparations are really coming to an end in time. The micro SDcard in the GPSr has the latest version of the topographical map on it as well as tracks, waypoints and geocaches. On the mobile phone there are some ebooks and some audiobooks, just in case. I doubt … Continue reading Countdown


Preparatory walks

Over the last weekends I spent the Sundays with some walks in my “home” hiking area. It requires about one hour drive to good starting points for various routes but that's no problem for a day trip. My favourite walks are located in an area called Bergisches Land, for those familiar with German: it has … Continue reading Preparatory walks


The last major logistical problem I had to sort out was where to pick up resupply boxes (and how to get them there in the first place!) but this should be done now. I will send one using the poste restante service to Barnstaple, the one needed in Bath and all the packs in Scotland … Continue reading Logistics

Kit #3

One aspect which caused me a lot of head-scratching (and still does) was what I want to call the “electronics department”. With every device coming with its own charger and battery needs it's easy to end up with considerable volume in the pack and–even worse–notable weight. For those who just throw it into a car … Continue reading Kit #3

Kit #2

Many discussions on long distance hiking I've come across over the last few years centre on the question of "boots or trail shoes?" I have used different types of boots for many years on hiking trips of various lengths and to different locations and I would still consider them my best option for walks on … Continue reading Kit #2