Sunday, 22 January 2017

Light mount adapter for rear racks


While busily studying away for a security exam I came up with the following, it's a short post and I will do a longer one when I refine the idea.

I am doing away with my dynamo lights and going usb rechargeable letting the dynamo permanently charge a 26000Mah battery that charges the usb lights during the day.  The most frustrating part is finding the usb light I want that fits a rear rack mount so this afternoon I made this in my shed.  I am calling it version one as a proof of concept.  It works really well, costs basically nothing and I know I can make it smaller. 

What do you think and any ideas:

Parts, a piece of plastic water tubing, some reflective tape, two bolts and some spacers.   The only work was cut off the required length of pipe, drill four holes, 2 for the bolts smaller than the head size to larger holes directly opposite to allow for a screwdriver/allen key to tighten. 

Two bolts attach to the frame

A light I had lying around mounted securely

Rear Shot of the mount

Mounted Front View

Mounted top view showing spacers to allow
the rubber ring mount to pass through

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Lightweight Tarp

I have been thinking about summer camping and lightening the load for a while, I like a larger tent being such a small guy :-)  I have used tarps before but big ones designed for a few to sleep under so decided to give solo tarps a go.

I wanted something lightweight, easy to pitch, more importantly I wanted something that didn't need several trees to pitch up.  I looked for something that I could pitch with only one high level guide rope and then tent pegs.

Here's my first try, it's the Ulti mate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp - Orange, 6 x 8 Footwith the optional bug protector.


One point pitching and a
single tent groundsheet.
Large area underneath for keeping kit dry

With the number of anchor points I can't imagine ever
struggling to find an apropriate pitch.


I spent a rainy night out in this and stayed dry, with a 3 season bag it was perfect.  I would say that under heavy winds and rain, I would need to pitch tighter to the ground to stop my sleeping bag getting wet.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Pen Y Pass - Crib Goch - Snowdon - Down the Watkins Path


I had my last operation to remove my Stent on Friday the 12th August, I rested on Saturday by visiting a friend in Leicester, we went for a walk along the Golden Mile then we went for a meal and did some shopping, we finished off with a trip round the temple.

It was great to be out and about and pain free!  I was feeling so good that on Sunday I decided to climb Crib Goch to see where my fitness was because Marc and I had talked about climbing Ben Nevis the following weekend.

Anyhow it went really well I did Pen Y Pass - Crib Goch - Snowdon - Down the Watkins Path.  I was very tired afterwards but it felt great to be on the mountains and I had a good gauge of what my residual fitness was like after my inactivity due to the Gall Bladder removal and the kidney stones debacle.

Here are some pics! 

the stile on the way up from pen y pass

The initial walk up the path from the car park left me soaking
with sweat from the exhuastion as I had only come out
of hospital on friday after 4 months on and off with kidney stones and
an operation that went wrong.   The lack of activity had
taken it's toll.

looking back on the scrabble up to crib goch


red faced from the effort at this point I was starting to feel a little
better!

Crib Goch

If this little flower can survive up here, I am
sure I can walk for a day

The views the views the views!!


This little fella does this every day!





Along the ridge of crib goch


About half way across




A cairn marking the way for me




thats crib goch done now onto Snowdon



A sign for the summit




touch the summit of Snowdon

Make my way down the watkins path





A beautiful day and nice to see the stark contrast of the tree's berries
and lilac heather against the rocky backdrop


Across the bridge





I finished up at the car park at the foot of the Watkins Path and then it was a 6 mile walk back to Pen Y Pass.   I finished the day exhausted, very footstore but in great spirits.

I was fit enough to do Ben Nevis next weekend so I had 5 days to recover :-)