After a bit of time out I have had time to reflect on the West Highland Way trip.
Equipment wise I think I was sorted but a couple of niggles need to be resolved.
1 Gloves- I had Sugoi Bike gloves on which I love but they just were not warm enough towards the end !
2 Layers- I had a x-bionic top and a Dale merino layer on which was fantastic apart from the X bionic top takes an age to dry out and by Tyndrum a was cold, some sort of mid layer may have to be investigated.
3 Footwear- The Montrails never arrived on time so I wore my North Face mids, not convinced these were up for the pounding that they got and I had not really wore them on a big day out (school boy error !)
My feet were fine I had no blisters and my wigwam socks came up trumphs.
I had the stove with me but never used it ! too windy,cold and wet I thought it better to keep moving !
The OMM Trio front pouch was amazing despite it being retro fitted to the Endurance, a few things struck me as I moved though
1 The non mist map case did indeed mist up !
2 The flap that protects the zip on the outside would be better if it sat the other way round so that the exposed part of the zip was facing your body and not to the elements you are walking into, this would also make it easier to stop the zip catching on it.
3 A small drain hole or mesh may be a thought so that water drains easily.
The Haglofs rugged’s were great and remained comfortable even when totally soaked.
I had a few energy bars in the side carry pouch’s on the endurance but could not get a hold of them on the sat when totally wet, I normally have no problems with it and it frustrated me !
Despite stitching the top of the piping for the chest strap it popped off again !, this wasn’t a problem thanks to the trio pouch.
A lot of people asked me why I was doing the walk on my own, I decided it would be easier as I was aware of my limitations and did not have to worry about others !
I also like being on my own !
The spot was good despite loosing a couple of pings, not sure if that was me ,it also gave a strange focus to what I was doing.
The torrent of water going down the path did not help and I could not help thinking that the Namche’s would of been a wise choice.
All in all it was great and focusing on this for March /April 09 for the revenge visit is even better.