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    EQUIPMENT

    God it's gone quiet recently, so here goes.......

    MY NEW STUFF

    TENT.



    It's a Shangrila-3, shown packed with the Groundsheet against the Outwell Arizona L Tent I used on Italia 08



    you first peg out the Bathtub Groundsheet.



    Then erect the tent over it using the same pegs.

    AIRBED


    The Gelert Backpacking one shown against the Exped 9DLX i used on Italia 08





    Airbed unrolled




    SLEEPING BAG



    On the left a Snugpak Traveller with sewn in Mosquito Net against the Snugpak Chrysallis I used on Italia 08



    Laid out on the Airbed



    The Mosquito Net that zips around the head.



    If the weather is bad you can just sit in the chair that I have inside the tent.



    All 4 items packed up and sitting on my camping table




    All 4 items in my 38 Litre Pannier.

    STOVES




    The multifuel Stove on the right that I bought on Ebay for £30 inc P&P, and the Honey Stove I bought in the UK for £34.



    Storage bags unpacked.




    The Multifuel Working and using unleaded




    Using Butane




    The Honey Stove erected and Complete with a Trangia Meths burner




    With the Trangia Gas Burner Adaptor. If you run out of fuel you can use twigs that are lying around, I have made myself a cup of Tea using twigs.



    Some other Goodies I have bought. Next to the Gas Container.

    Fold up feet for the container.
    Markhill adaptor for Resealable Camping Gas containers.
    Markhill adaptor for Pierceable Camping Gas containers.
    Toasting Fork.

    I feel a lot better now.



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    Small is beau' Chair gets a big thumbs up too
    Number of times I've zonked in my chair after a days ride......excellent.


    gordo'

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    camping kit

    Iam glad to see the smaller kit ken.
    Picking your bike up will be alot easier now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddy View Post
    Iam glad to see the smaller kit ken.
    Picking your bike up will be alot easier now.
    Thanks for that It's nice to know my efforts will not be in vain.

    Cheers Ken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Gadget View Post
    Thanks for that It's nice to know my efforts will not be in vain.

    Cheers Ken.
    Hi Ken, good gear, wish I was going with ya, have a great time..Paul/Pablo etc from Italy 08

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Gadget View Post
    I have made myself a cup of Tea using twigs.

    Tastes much nicer using simple tea bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Gadget View Post
    I have made myself a cup of Tea using twigs.
    I think you've probably misread the crumpled up bag. It's actually Twinings

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    Campfires

    Tastes much nicer using simple tea bags.

    I think you've probably misread the crumpled up bag. It's actually Twinings

    So much for my Ray Mears impression. My life is now in Tatters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Gadget View Post
    So much for my Ray Mears impression.

    Ahh yes. The great wilderness of mainland europe where only the hardy survive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo666 View Post
    Hi Ken, good gear, wish I was going with ya, have a great time..Paul/Pablo etc from Italy 08
    Thanks Paul, At least you can understand my Sensitivity. Cheers Ken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steptoe View Post
    Ahh yes. The great wilderness of mainland europe where only the hardy survive.
    All I can say is look at the ' camps' around Calais they're all trying to escape from Europe into the UK. It must be BAD in there.

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    Equipment

    To get back to the Equipment theme.....

    Ken, Thanks for the pictures and and the PM Exchange and I thought I'd reply here to share some thoughts.

    As I said in the PM I'm on the lookout for a light tent, but like you do not fancy crawling into some low tent that has little space and I am hardly able to sit up in. Also, I don't fancy taking my Halfords tent which is heavy may not be the most robust.

    I have to say I did not take your tipi option too seriously when I first saw the pictures, it seemed a step back to the bell tents I used to sleep in for scout camps as a lad, but have now had proper a look at your GoLite Shangri-La 3 on the web and read a few reviews and am thinking again.....

    It seems a clever combination of hi-tech materials in a simple proven design. I see you have gone for the main GoLite Shangri-La 3 Outer tent and the groundsheet. I am thinking of going for the GoLite Shangri-La 3 outer but adding the GoLite Shangri-La 3 Nest, which seems to include the groundsheet but has a mesh similar to an inner tent. One of the sites, ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk are doing a deal on the Outer and Nest ordered together, though still more than I was planning to spend. I'll have a look around when I'm in Germany next week before finally deciding, but the idea of being able to put all the camping stuff for the trip in my smaller TT case, is quite appealing.

    I'm interested in your dual fuel cooker too, and see some similar ones on e-bay. I'm used to the old fashion camping gas ones which need to be pierced...and are a bit bulky. I suspect I'll only take one stove though, why would you take 2 stoves when someone else in the party has a spare . It would be good to run off unleaded as that's not normally too hard to get hold of, so will keep an eye out on ebay for something suitable. I expect to be carrying a TT 2L fuel can, so being able to use petrol would be an advantage and save carrying gas. However I see you have the fuel in a metal fuel cannister, and maybe I need 2 1L metal ones instead of the 2L plastic container.

    I'm also like the idea of a chair. Do you plan to take it this time now you are going ultra light? It looks like it will still be quite large folded and it would seem a pity to have to strap a chair on, if you got everything else in the pannier. Is it a specific make, aluminium I suppose, as I have what looks like similar chairs in my campervan but would think them too big to drag across Europe on the bike.

    Anyway, thanks again for the post. As accomodation in B&Bs seems a bit tricky to get maybe more will consider the camping option. Come and join us!

    I'll have a root around in camping and bike shops in Germany next week and update this post later when I've come to some conclusions. Cheers Jim

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    Hi Jim, I also checked out the reviews before I bought the Shangrila-3 and the only negative things written were that when raining water could get into the Tipi when entering and exiting it which is the same for all Tipi's.One reviewer also complained that you needed an area of 4 Metres square to erect it, but I needed far more than that to erect my Arizona L.

    I also considered buying the inner tent with the no-seeum mesh, but after talking with a guy whose daughter used this tent in Croatia last year I decided against it. She used a Mosquito Repellant for Materials made by Nikwax who make the the Clothes Wash, she sprayed it on the inside of the tent and had no problems.It is supposed to provide protection up to 6 Months.You of course can also spray it on your clothes.I am also taking a Sleeping Bag that has a sewn in Mosquito Net.


    I take 2 Stoves because the Honey stove measures about 125mm.X 125mmX .7mm. and weighs Grammes,and can be pushed down anywhere if necessary.I have found it helpful to have 2 stoves on the go when cooking something like Spaghetti Bolognese, as you can have both ingredients ready at the same time.

    I find being able to sit in a good chair with Back support after a day in the saddle is important at my time of life and this is one thing I won't compromise on, having camped in the past and used a milking stool, that is one aching holiday I won't go through again. I would like a Kermit Chair, but I just can't justify that sort of expense at the moment.

    All the best Ken.

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