Time for a walk


It has been a while since I did an overnight walk, there has been a few false starts recently but I never really got past the planning stage. Today I decided it was time to put on a reasonable size pack on and go for a walk, testing some gear in preparation for upcoming trips. The location was a snow covered Tsvilde Hegn (the location of an earlier trip) with predictions of snow turning to raining it was to be a slushy trip.

The gear I was particularly interested in trying out was the MLD Trailstar (nicknamed the Yellow Peril, Melbourne humour), a pair of Salomon Quest 4D GTX Boots as well as an Aarn Marathon Magic 33l pack.

The walk followed a number of trails in the forest with large damp flakes of snow falling, I finally decided it was lunchtime and found a flat spot to put up the Trailstar, the benefits were soon obvious plenty of space under the trailstar, the resilience of the fabric as large wet clumps of snow falling from the trees hit the sides and slid to the bottom as well as the golden glow inside. This was only the second time I had erected the trailstar (both times in snow) and it took less than 10 minutes to have a secure pitch, I used 9″ (23 cm) Easton Alloy pegs which easily went through the top couple of centimetres of frozen ground and provided a secure attachment for the shelter.

I continue to be very impressed with the trailstar and it will get its first over night outing in a couple of weeks and may in conjunction with an SMD Meteor bivy be my shelter system for Lapland this summer.

The Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots are not the lightest footwear in the world but I have come to recognise that for me Salomon footwear works, I use the XA Pro Ultras for every day use, the Salomon Fastpackers for hiking and I wanted something a little more weather worthy for winter and the Quests fitted this requirement. I was very pleased with the boots and found they also provided a little more toe room and I could have easily worn thicker socks, the boots are too heavy for summer in my view but will see some more use in the cooler weather.

The Aarn Marathon Magic 33l will seem to some as a strange choice, however, I have been very interested in the design of Aarn’s packs for quite a while and have seen them as an option for reducing stress on my lower back when hiking. I have also come to realise that the packs I use these days tend to have hip belt pockets and shoulder strap pockets and the Aarn packs replicate this in the use of balance pockets. Recently I became aware that there was a distributor in Denmark for Aarn packs which provided me with an opportunity to try them on and see how they feel. I was impressed. I have only used the pack for a short trip so I will save my field report until after my next overnight trip, however, a report on the details of the Aarn Marathon Magic will appear soon.

The walk itself was pleasant and the sea was relatively calm, finally the hot chocolate cooked on the Ti Tri Caldera (using Esbit) was really appreciated in the cold damp conditions.

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13 Responses to Time for a walk

  1. Hendrik says:

    Very nice photos, Roger. My new Laufbursche pack stands fully packed at home, waiting to be taken for a walk. Next week, hopefully 🙂

  2. Roger says:

    Hi Roger!Aaaah… longing for some outdoor time. Still (20:28 friday) stucked at the office. Lovely snow is fallin outside my window with a view at the park. Thanks for nice pictures and a pleasant report.Roger

  3. Pig Monkey says:

    Nice looking tarp!I've got a question about your Ti-Tri. At first I was surprised when I read that you were burning esbit, but saw in the photo that you had stakes in the cone, as if it was setup for wood burning. But on closer inspection it looks like you've punched another set of holes for the stakes about halfway up the cone. What's the intent behind that? Is your pot unusually tall? I've got the Ti-Tri with a 900mL pot from Titanium Goat and when I burn esbit tabs I have the pot shoved down all the way, just like when burning alcohol.Thanks!

  4. Martin Rye says:

    Trailstar looks a good shelter and Colin Ibbotson did a great review of it. I don't use tarps but if I did ever go for one that would be my choice.

  5. Joe says:

    Woohoo! Team Yellow! Those yellow shelters just look 'happy' inside. I can't wait for mine to turn up!The Balance pockets on the Aarn packs would be useful in winter when you don't want to be taking packs on and off just to adjust gloves/hats/snacks/buffs etc, etc. I should go back to using the Trio chest pouch on my OMM winter packs.

  6. Thanks Hendrik, in 2 weeks I will be out for an overnight, I hope.Roger, my office is a classroom, supplemented by the office at home, so being in the office at 8:30 pm is not uncommon for me.

  7. Pig Monkey, you are very observant. I am using the Inferno Ti-Tri™ ULC Titanium Stove System for the MLD 850 pot with the BPL.com 550 handle less pot. In winter I feel that a pot will boil more efficiently in an enclosed cone thus I used the 550 pot instead of the MLD pot. In warmer weather I would use the MLD 850 pot.Hope that answers your question.

  8. Martin the Trailstar is a nice shelter and if nothing else is an ideal lunchtime shelter in inclement weather. Though it would probably not work in a sleep easy event in Norfolk, getting the pegs in the concrete/asphalt would be the first challenge : ). Well done on your sleepout

  9. Joe, they call me mellow yellow comes to mind. I assume you are getting a Yellow Duo Mid. The yellow is a great colour, though in the land of the midnight sun I think it may be darker outside the shelter than inside.The balance pockets bring together all the gear I have carried in shoulder pockets, hipbelt pockets and side pockets and if you accept the sports science then it means that it provides a more balanced load, time will tell. I suspect that any "front load" will help to balance the rear load.

  10. Niels Blok says:

    What Can I say, other than I am now the proud owner of a Ti Tri Caldera and Evernew Pot, thanks to you showing up and trying to fit your kit into the Aarn. It turned out that one of the Trail Designs guys was interested in the Aarn Maraton Magic 33 too, so we did a straight swap. Wonderful piece of equipment the Ti Tri, can wait till trying it out on my Hadrians Wall hike in week 12. Thanks.

  11. Niels I am sure you will enjoy the use of the Evernew Caldera, the Evernew is a goo pot.I look forward to hearing more about the Hadrians Wall trip.

  12. Pig Monkey says:

    Nice looking tarp!I've got a question about your Ti-Tri. At first I was surprised when I read that you were burning esbit, but saw in the photo that you had stakes in the cone, as if it was setup for wood burning. But on closer inspection it looks like you've punched another set of holes for the stakes about halfway up the cone. What's the intent behind that? Is your pot unusually tall? I've got the Ti-Tri with a 900mL pot from Titanium Goat and when I burn esbit tabs I have the pot shoved down all the way, just like when burning alcohol.Thanks!

  13. Roger says:

    Hi Roger!Aaaah… longing for some outdoor time. Still (20:28 friday) stucked at the office. Lovely snow is fallin outside my window with a view at the park. Thanks for nice pictures and a pleasant report.Roger

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