20 Mar 2018

10 Best Ultralight Sleeping Pads

Here is a link to Chris Cage's blog where he lists suggestions and reviews lightweight sleeping mats.


I personally use the THERMA-A-REST: NeoAir XLite

In my younger days, I used the Gossamer Gear Nitelite

Sleep is important and having a full-length mat with super R-Value is a good weight to comfort compromise.  

2 Feb 2018

The Best Ultralight Sleeping Bags

Your sleeping bag is one of the 'big 4' backpacking items that you can really make big weight saving gains.

My around the go-to bag is the Zpack 20 for three seasons. In the hight of summer if in hut accommodation I use my Western Mountaineering Highlight

Here's a comprehensive guide to the best dozen ultralight backpacking sleeping bags. Tested and written by Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest thru-hiker Chris Cage

19 Dec 2017

Helinox Zero Chair

OK, anyone for some camp luxury?

I have just purchased the Helinox Zero Chair.

I love it! At 485 grams I am tempted to take it on an overnight romp (OMG, am I really saying this!).

It is a clever piece of lightweight engineering from the same company that supplied my walking poles (the LF135s, the lightest and best poles I have ever used!).

This chair is soooooo comfortable, easy to erect, stable and folds down to about the size of a Pump water bottle.

I guess its main use will be at outdoor summer events, but hey, having gone through a back operation, sitting on the top of a mountain beside the tent on a warm summers evening sure sounds inviting.

13 Dec 2017

Siberia Valley

Go to the Trips Page to see photos of recent return three day trip to Siberia Hut and Lake Crucible. This time as a 'family guide'. http://www.lightweightrob.com/p/trips.html

15 Oct 2017

Mt Judah

Hi Guys - Been a while since last post, but summer is coming and tying to build fitness for the season. Did a nice day-trip with a 900 meter climb to  Heather Jock Hut with the UCTC. Great day. See photos here - https://photos.app.goo.gl/acZIcEsTEYHgezJ43

8 Mar 2017

Review on Hiking Gaiters

Chris Cage at Greenbelly meals has a nice review on gaiters.

I use Dirty Girl gaiters on short well tracked routes, but Leva Gaiters are stronger for rougher routes.  (reviewed on earlier post).

I prefer Simblissity Leva gaiters from Brett Tucker, but unfortunately he has temporarily stopped production. I do hope he re-starts. I was lucky that he made me a second pair (to keep in storage) before he shut down - Thanks Brett!

Update (19/12/17) I am mostly wearing Dirty Girl Gaiters these days. 

Here's the link to Chris's review. https://www.greenbelly.co/pages/hiking-shoe-and-boot-gaiters

Oh, buy the way, his business is high nutritional hiking bars. I have already reviewed these on this blog. But check them out at https://www.greenbelly.co/

They are great! Only issue would be postage cost from USA.

22 Feb 2017

No more getting out of the tent on those cold or rainy nights - Portable Urinal Collector

I run across many interesting items of hiking equipment. This one goes one better than the SheWee (designed for women to pee standing up).

My tramping buddy, introduced me to this product as the panacea to having to climb over me in the middle of the night to get out for a pee. Personally, I would prefer him to do that than use this piece of equipment in my presence :-)

It certainly is a great invention if you (male or female) hate having to get out of that nice warm sleeping bag (especially if it is cold and raining outside) for a pee. I am not too sure about hut use though. The sound of trickling water within ones sleeping bag could cause some raised eyebrows :-)

At 52gm you may be tempted to throw it in the pack. As I said to my friend, it only takes a few of these little luxuries to add another half a Kg to your pack. As I say in my 'Beginners' page, going lightweight has compromises. You either choose bathe in luxury in camp, but struggle on the trail (heavy pack). Or, glide effortlessly along the trail, but rough it a bit in camp (light pack). It's an individual choice. No guessing my preference!

Personally, I will forego this luxury and avoid drinking too much liquid before turning in.

Check out this personal urinal storage at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzcjB07KOs4