Archive for October 22nd, 2009

October 22, 2009

It has not come in time……………..

by backpackingbongos

I think that I am all packed, just need to do a final idiot check.  Tomorrow to get through at work and then I will start the long drive north.  Excited and nervous at the same time because I will be doing my most remote backpack ever whilst on Jura.  As a walking destination there is really not that much written about the place, even on the internet.  A bit of searching and I did manage to unearth a booklet written by a local guy, ordered it from Amazon where the postage was the same as the booklet!  I wanted to see what he had to say about the area I am heading to, the uninhabited west coast.  All he says is:

“This is a wild and interesting area but very inaccessible except to the most hardy.  It is dotted with wide sandy bays, small sandy coves, high cliffs, many caves, arches, stacks, miles of raised beaches and spectacular sills and dykes.  It is well worth a visit.  Due to its remoteness it is not practical to explore very much in a day”. Gordon Wright

I am looking forward to really getting off the beaten track.  Unfortunately the weather is looking pretty ‘mobile’ at the moment so I may well be blasted by wind and rain.  Fingers crossed the wind will behave and I will be able to get a pitch beside the sea on the spot shown below.

Anyway I have digressed as I was going to say that some gear has not come in time for this trip.  At the beginning of Oct I made ‘My most expensive ever gear purchase‘ with the hope that it would be delivered in time.  I knew that I would have to wait for up to 30 days for it to be made, but I had my fingers crossed that it would arrive sooner.  Maybe I should have contacted the manufacturer to say it was needed for a specific trip.  As it turns out it is going to be a mild week and to be honest I am not sure I want it to smell like a bothy fire.  Well what did I spend a vast amount of money on?

Hispar 500 Down Sleeping Bag

Hopefully It will have arrived by the time I get back.  A winter backpack will have to be planned to test it out!

Anyway here is that West coast of Jura beach pic: