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    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    That's really my point, all bags twist if you're a wriggler. Side or centre is really a choice. Indeed you can get bags without zips too. I've never had a centre zip so admit to not seeing the advantage of that design, only my perceived negative of a zip resting on top of you. When I've...
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    Scout badges

    How things change! My first camp away as a scout we were let loose in Ambleside with our money. There used to be a tobacconist iirc that had some fishing stuff and knives. Everyone with enough money bought a lock knife. Favourite style was reddish wood scales with bright, brass ends. We then...
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    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    How does a centre zip stop the twisting of the bag? Also, does the top of the zip have what's known as a garage to stop contact with your chin like good coats do? I'd have thought the centre zip would be annoying personally. I've once forgotten my sleeping bag on a very frosty night in a poorly...
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    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    PhD always seems to underestimate their performance for reasons laid down by their founder and guru. Of course it's difficult for us to know if you're a warm or cold sleeper. I used to know people who slept in Alpkit's coldest temperature rated sleeping bag in summer!!! Also, things like...
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    Wooden Trekking Pole

    Is the stickman still working? I seem to recall his website said he wasn't but could be wrong or it of date.
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    Wooden Trekking Pole

    I was more thinking of one end of the bottom section has a plug that goes into a socket on the top section. Like in that top picture in the stickman conversation screenshot. Can be long and possibly a pin through. It's probably all academic, I'm not likely to try it just I'm interested if...
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    Wooden Trekking Pole

    If did sound a difficult idea to make work but would be an interesting product if anyone managed it.
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    Wooden Trekking Pole

    I've been thinking about sticks for walking with. The simplest is something picked up on the trail up to the £100+++ carbon fibre, UL trekking pole. Has anyone tried to make a folding, wooden stick before? I started this thread because the thread on what was or oil to use on a newly made stick...
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    A `Being Sick` supply.

    My tip is pure orange juice (can be from concentrate) in a half and half mixture with water then add a pinch of salt. Other suggestions flat full sugar cola. I used to dilute full sugar cola 50:50 with water too. Actually preferred the taste. Milk is actually a better drink to quench thirst...
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    Making a Will

    There's an old fella in the mall of a local town who writes wills for people. He sits all day on a chair in front of a basic sign with an A4 refill pad and some pens. Always thought that most people would be as good at writing one as he would be, with a little research and the commonly...
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    Folding saw - cheap might not get much use

    Even my dreams are telling me to get one! I woke up remembering a dream where we'd just moved into a little 3 bed countryside/small village house with a modest garden and garage. A week after moving in and we're still unpacking when a neighbour comes in for a chat, obviously 2m social...
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    Scout badges

    What section are you looking at? Scouts, cubs or beavers? Our beavers has set a task to produce a poster on a country of the beaver's choice. Ours chose Belgium because we toured part of it last summer on bikes. It's possibly easier with beavers than scouts, even cubs.
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    Scout badges

    Our family walk planning consists of setting out to one area of the lakes then deciding to walk another on the drive up. Lucky to even pack a map! Guilty of having a perfect memory of all paths where we are most likely to go in the lakes so only ever use the maps to precisely locate our...
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    something for myself

    That's a stylish makers mark IMHO, really like it. Goes with the quality of the knife.
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    Folding saw - cheap might not get much use

    Thanks. Come to think of it Aldi do them too, probably similar quality but Aldi is local b to me, Lidl isn't.
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    Journey to Vanlife stage 2 about to start

    Update! Van was due to go in today for lining out, floor, electrics, bed and heater. Virus put paid to that! Roof had an 8 week lead time due to it still being developed for our van model and size. We'd have been one of the first, if not be the first production roof. They'll be delayed too I...
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    Folding saw - cheap might not get much use

    Just thinking that I'd like to try carving. I'm thinking that if I'm walking locally and see fallen or even cut wood I might want to cut a short length off. I know technically theft but I'm not sure I'll take to it. I'm thinking a folding saw is needed. As I said I might not carry on and take up...
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    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    Jackets are a different kettle of fish IMHO. In the UK you're likely to be wearing insulated jackets for a significant time. Even as a belay jacket only it'll probably see some time in UK conditions. That's outdoors conditions not inside a tent or other shelter. It's not humidity or sweat...
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    Are people in the UK taking Covid19 seriously? If not, why not?

    That's what I thought too but there was a post I read before posting that spelt it that way. Being in a bit of a lockdown induced brain fog I copied that spelling. Iirc the other guy was a welshman or someone living nearer Snowdon than I so my mind had a reason for misspelling. Just be grateful...
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    Are people in the UK taking Covid19 seriously? If not, why not?

    I gave up on Snowden after seeing a family of obese people get off the train, walk round to iirc the be steps to the actual summit, take three or four steps up before one of them say " oh that's close enough, let's get something to eat at the café.", I excused myself and jogged past them up the...