The Adventure Dispatch – by Specialized

 

Spring is here (honest it is) and Summer is on the way (it really is you know!) so its time to start thinking about those camping and bothy trips again – this year I WILL do it.

These Adventure Dispatch shorts from Specialized are just the ticket to get you inspired to get out and explore. No MTB action I’m afraid but some Cyclocross and FatBikes.

The first one by Steve “Doom” Fassbinder with the fat bikes is the best film visually I think but perhaps the most unattainable for the majority of us.

Sarah Swallow’s adventure is the most likely experience for us here in the UK – yes it rains throughout her film!  But again its wonderfully shot.

 

You can find out more about the bikes and some of the cyclists featured at the following URL –https://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/adventure

And finally the best of the bunch maybe? Because there’s a real possibility of doing something similar to Ty Hathaway. I love the cyclocross shredding and the bothy visit. This film just sets you up for the weekend nicely I think.

#Microadventure Planning

Alpkit - Airlok XTra 5L
Alpkit – Airlok XTra 5L

If you have been reading my blog recently you will know how much I have been considering a bikepacking trip. I have become a little obsessed with the subject. My twitter feed, facebook likes and web searches have centered around the topic for the last month or two. Brands such as Alpkit have become faves and my wish list of their products is longer than my possible need for most of it! I am also suddenly Alastair Humphreys biggest fan. So I am making small steps in buying kit and putting it to use whenever I can.

Here’s a brief write up of this morning’s dog walk! Yes dog walk…

Breakfast - Kit List
Breakfast – Kit List

Its so easy to just go out and walk around the field with the dog, and don’t get me wrong we do this more than anything else because its convenient and easy and actually Brodie enjoys it as he has a lot of doggy friends in the area. But a couple of times a week we do something a little bigger and more interesting. This morning was one of those times.

I decided to see what I could fit in the Alpkit Airlok bag. At only 5L its not the biggest bag but I was determined to make it work. Here was my kit for breakfast:

  • 650ml MytiMug
  • Kraku Stove
  • 100gm JetBoil Fuel
  • Lighter
  • Tea Spoon
  • Tea Bag
  • Spork
  • Camping Mug
  • SIGG 600ml bottle of water
  • Bag of cereal and some biscuits
  • Milk – in a 250ml Tropicana bottle
  • Travel towel from Mountain Warehouse (I use as a small picnic rug until my Matador Pocket Blanket arrives)

The AirLok is designed for use as a handlebar pack for bikes, but the handy strap means it can be slung over the shoulder duffel bag style.

After an hour or so of walking I picked a spot with a view (and some shelter as it was windy) and unpacked.

I boil enough water for a cup of tea (keeping the tea bag), make that in my mug, then use the MytiMug for cereal. The mug takes up less space than bringing a bowl for cereal and I can’t quite get used to drinking straight from the MytiMug.

Once I have finished my cereal I give the MytiMug a quick rinse and boil the rest of the water. 600ml is just enough so the SIGG is perfect. The Tropicana orange juice bottle holds plenty of milk for two cups of tea and for cereal.

This might seem like a lot of fuss to some, and I have had my share of fun poked at me by a few buddies, but starting the day with a good walk and working up an appetite for breakfast is great. Enjoying that breakfast and fresh cup of tea, while sat on a local hillside away from the TV and the pull of my iPad, email and Facebook is such a great way to start the day.

Calstone Downs
Calstone Downs

Next stop is to purchase a bivvy bag and give it a try over night.

Here’s a quick video of this mornings very microadventure made with footage off my #GoPro Hero using #Magix Video Pro 5.