Making my Own 3 Season Tent – Part 6: More Sewing and Refining

"...it was just shit generally." This was the verdict on my first attempt at sewing a scaled-down version of the tent. This weekend, with supplies on their way from North Carolina, I needed to make some progress on the "skills" side of the project. Anyone (?) who has been on the edge of their seat … Continue reading Making my Own 3 Season Tent – Part 6: More Sewing and Refining

Making my Own 3 Season Tent – Part 5: Supplies

Over recent weeks I've been firming up what I'm going to need to build the shelter, and yesterday I finally cracked and put the order in. Here's a rundown of the main items... Fly There was a bit of last minute dithering over the main fly fabric though, the choices considered being: 1.1oz Silpoly (20D … Continue reading Making my Own 3 Season Tent – Part 5: Supplies

Best Backpacking Days #3 – Rannoch Moor to Loch Ericht

A look back at some stand out days of backpacking. Today we go back to May 2018 and the TGO Challenge. That year my route started in Oban, and took in Glen Etive, Rannoch Moor, Dalwhinnie, Glen Tromie, Glen Feshie, Ballater, Glentannar Forest, Fetteresso Forest and Stonehaven. An unexpectedly solo route after my walking partner … Continue reading Best Backpacking Days #3 – Rannoch Moor to Loch Ericht

Best Backpacking Days #2 – High House Tarn to Sampson’s Stones

A look back at some stand out days of backpacking. Today we go back to September 2014 and the Southern Fells of the Lake District. I orignally blogged this as part of The Four Valleys Walk. I'd arrived in the Lakes the previous day and headed out from Keswick to Borrowdale and climbed over the … Continue reading Best Backpacking Days #2 – High House Tarn to Sampson’s Stones

Best Backpacking Days #1 – Calfhow Pike to Great Mell Fell

A look back at some stand out days of backpacking. Today we go back to August 2014 and the Eastern Fells of the Lake District. This was part of a multi-day effort to finish off the Eastern Fells. An orange glow in the sky and tint on the surrounding fells greeted me when I stuck … Continue reading Best Backpacking Days #1 – Calfhow Pike to Great Mell Fell

Making my Own 3 Season Tent – Part 4: Learning to Cut and Sew

When I left you last, I had a revised design which I was pretty happy with, and the next stage involves turning the concept into something practical... This involves answering the following questions: How do I arrange the pieces of my tent when cutting out the fabric ?In what order do I then join it … Continue reading Making my Own 3 Season Tent – Part 4: Learning to Cut and Sew

Making my Own 3 Season Tent – Part 3: A Prototype and A Re-design

In my previous post I went, at some length, through the design process, but that's certainly not the end of the story. Before committing needle and thread to fabric, I want to be confident that what I end up with is going to work. This is where prototyping comes in. Prototyping is no more than … Continue reading Making my Own 3 Season Tent – Part 3: A Prototype and A Re-design