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January 7, 2012

4.5 kilos of coal

by backpackingbongos

4.5 kilos is pretty negligible.  That’s what I thought as I was putting some coal along with kindling and fire lighters into a clean rubble sack.  The problem comes when you add that 4.5 kilos to a winter backpacking sack.  Why would you want to do that?  No it’s not Backpackingbongos protest against the ‘ultralightweight’ (UL) backpacking movement.  For that a cast iron skillet is an essential bit of kit for the ‘ultraheavyweight’ (UH) backpacker.  I really want to be able to add a T to the last acronym but no sensible ones spring to mind.

I hope to put the coal to good use tomorrow night whilst staying in a remote bothy.  What could be better than a roaring fire, a good book and Reuben for company?  The goal of Sunday and Monday will simply be to walk the five miles each way to the bothy.  If anything else takes my fancy then so be it.  Sometimes it is nice to head out into the hills only for the purpose of a long sleep!

It is several years since I have been to this particular bothy after stumbling upon it one hot summers day.  There is always the risk that it is now locked or maybe inhabited by someone I would not be too keen on sharing with.  A tent is stuffed in my backpack just in case.