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    Lake District Overnighter

    Warning, contains ground sleeping images, Mods feel free to move to ROT section if it's not appropriate.


    I managed to squeeze a quick overnighter in one the my favourite valleys in the Lakes this weekend, not particularly strenuous but I wanted to get out under the stars and test some new kit. I've been getting back into the hills again this year so I've been slowly putting together some lightweight gear again after selling all my old stuff many years ago. The area we were visiting was originally two smaller lakes with villages surrounding them, in the 50's or 60's the whole valley was flooded to provide water via an aqueduct for Manchester around 70 miles away.
    I met up with Tony around lunchtime on Saturday and took the easy 4.5 mile trail round to a stealthy camp site I knew about. I'm still not 100% and didn't fancy any big hills this weekend so I planned a nice flat route along the shoreline instead. We didn't get up to much apart from exploring the surroundings and chilling out around camp, we decided to have a fire later on so we went foraging for dead standing in one of the plantations nearby. We used an old fire scar and sat by the fire sipping Jura for an hour, by 11 o'clock we were both pretty knackered so called it a day.

    Just thought I'd share the piccies with you guys.



    My new Trailstar tarp shelter, with an annoyingly close young pine, I didn't have a clue how big the footprint was going to be


    A palace for one


    Tony getting setup


    I've not seen the water as low as this for a long time, parts of the old village were starting to appear in places. It happens quite regularly I think but I always seem to miss it.







    One of the local Reds had been down for a drink recently




    A nice relaxed night under the stars, cheers for coming along Tony

    Kit list for those interested ...

    ULA CDT Pack
    MLD Trailstar tarp shelter and pegs
    MLD Superlight Bivvy
    UKHammocks summer top quilt
    TAR NeoAir short mat
    TAR inflatable sit mat
    Polycryo groundsheeet
    Mini Atomic stove
    Titanium pot
    Caldera Cone
    4oz of meths
    Gortex paclite waterproof jacket and trews
    Montane Windshirt
    Rab Generator vest
    Cap
    1L rollup water bottle
    Drinksafe Supalite gravity filter bag
    Long handled ti spoon
    2 x dehydrated meals
    Peppered Beef sandwiches, chocolate raisins & biscuits
    Brew kit (Kenco 3-in-1, Bovril stock cubes, Galaxy drinking chocolate, cherry KoolAid for cold drinks)
    Camera
    Ipod
    Torch
    Gerber mini tool
    FAK
    1L drinking water for walk in
    Gsi hip flask containing a nip of Jura Superstition
    Pacer Poles

    Total weight = 7.3kgs

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    Beautiful area!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Two questions:
    Why didn't you hang? Granted there were only two trees, but how many do you need?
    Okay, three questions...
    What is Jura?
    .
    So many trees, so little time...
    We follow where the Swamp Fox guides,
    His friends and merry men are we;
    And when the troop of Tarleton rides,
    We burrow in the cypress tree.
    The turfy hammock is our bed,
    Our home is in the red deer's den,
    Our roof, the tree-top overhead,
    For we are wild and hunted men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberrr View Post
    Beautiful area!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Two questions:
    Why didn't you hang? Granted there were only two trees, but how many do you need?
    Okay, three questions...
    What is Jura?
    Lol, I've been getting up in the hills a bit more this year, going up high means no trees normally over here. I suppose I just wanted to try the new shelter out but you're right, when I got there I wished I'd packed the BB

    Jura is my favourite single malt, it just goes down so well sat next to a fire.

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    Great pix and report. That water was amazingly low it seems, it cant be from lack of rain kinnit?
    Good luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Great pix and report. That water was amazingly low it seems, it cant be from lack of rain kinnit?
    In the Lakes, no chance

    They must be thirsty in Manchester

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    Hey Shewie,
    That would be Haweswater! I was there a couple of years ago, stealth hung in that heavily pined peninsula juting out in one of your pics. The water was high then, all that could be seen of the flooded villages was a steeple.

    Glad to see pictures of the Lakes again, thanks for the trip down memory lane.
    Grizz
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