Apart from understanding how to blog and sorting out all of my maps I think I’m nearly ready to go. I practised packing yesterday and fortunately managed to get everything in my rucksack without it being too heavy (11.5kg without food and water). There are so many things running around my head and so many unknowns that I think will only be solved with less thinking and more walking. I am nervous about the first few days though as I know from experience that physically they will be very hard. The last time I walked with a big pack (South Downs 2008) by the end of day 2 it took me 20 minutes to shuffle from my table to the bar in the pub in order to pay my bill, and I was in better shape when I started that trip. So far 2015 has been an eat-and-drink-athon for me…skiing (or rather apres-skiing) has been a major part of this. The good news is that I feel in need of some serious exercise, which is lucky as that’s what I’m about to get.
I am excited about the new kit I’ve bought (PHD down sleeping bag, PHD synthetic jacket, MSR micro rocket stove and pot) and hope that it all works out well – I’ll update more on that as I go. I did a lot of research on kit as it is generally perceived wisdom that you find out you’ve bought the wrong kit once you start your expedition. However, I need some kit, that is both lightweight and compact, to start with in order to determine it is the wrong kit once I get started – catch 22!