First practice walk with full pack!!!

OK not totally full, limited clothes and no sleeping bag but I did have the tent, cooker, food, air bed, spare socks, Rab shorts and body cleaning fluid!

Start of first full pack practice walk
Further south towards Bilsdale Mast
Looking North towards Teeside and Roseberry Topping
Heading East towards  Round Hill
Cairn guiding the way
Looking over to the incline
Approaching Round Hill summit
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Start and finish Clay Bank, North Yorkshire grid reference NZ573036

Approximately 11 km with 400m of ascent and descent. 5km section of the Cleveland Way and Coast to Coast on the edge of the North York Moors. Great workout descending the incline and steep, wet ascent up Jackson’s Bank.

It was a beautiful day and I was alone for most of the walk which was a shame. OK there had when rain the previous day and it was a little windy but that just added to the pleasure in my mind.

The outdoors is such a fantastic gym and in the main it’s Free!!! I wish more people would step out of their comfort zone and experience more of our green, brown, blue pleasant lands.

Osprey Atmos 65litre pack contained a Snugpack Ionosphere single person tent, Therm-a-rest airbed, Primus stove with gas and five packs of Summit to Eat dehydrated meals, Bridgedale and Darn Tough socks, Rab shorts, Hydro Flask, Lifestraw and SeaToSummit wilderness wash. Supporting me was a Leki Softlite trekking pole.

I wore a Craghoppers fleece over a T Shirt, pair of Rab walking trousers and on my feet I had a pair of Keen boots.

Very happy with my first practice walk. Answered three valuable questions

Do I need to take a large rucksack? The answer is yes and I was certainly comfortable with the Osprey and the weight of its content.

Do I need two trekking poles? No, I definitely need one hand to hold a camera so one trekking pole will be sufficient.

Do I need to take the Lifestraw? Yes, certainly on at least the first half of the GTA as this has such a weight benefit when you know there is copious amounts of running water to tap into.

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