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Tool Storage: Backpack?

Last weekend, I was working at a friend’s house for the whole two days. This meant lugging a portion of my tools (mostly hand tools) and accessories from their storage location, in to my car, to and from the house and then back again, once the job was complete.

I quite like being able to do jobs for other people but I’ve never been a fan of physically moving tools back and forth.

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What’s in my Backpack? (Winter Hiking – Osprey Manta AG 28)

How much and how many items do you carry in your backpack,

when preparing for a day of hiking?

I’ve seen other YouTubers release ‘What’s in my pack?’-style videos and have decided to create one of my own, centred around winter hill walks and hiking. I also thought this kind of upload might be good for my still-new-but-slowly-growing channel.

It’s also an opportunity to highlight a few features of the Osprey Manta AG 28 backpack that I purchased in June, without doing a run-of-the-mill review-style video.

Audio isn’t great and my camera is partly to blame (hoping to upgrade/replace that, later this year) and I perhaps made the mistake of trying to hide or disguise the camera noise with music… Some will like it; some won’t. In hindsight, I could’ve recorded the audio on my phone and worked through painfully synchronising it with the video footage. But for the weather outside, I could’ve also recorded it in a more appealing location than my own bedroom.

I hope that people find it interesting. Constructive feedback is always welcome. I also aim to release a similar video over the summer so that we (and I) can compare. I’ve also started to create my own thumbnail images to accompany my videos.

Disclaimer: I live in North Somerset and mostly walk ten-to-twelve miles at a time, during winter. Most conditions and landscapes, except for mountains. My arrangements may not suit everyone.

Link to my channel: Olly Outdoors

Thanks for watching and reading.

Osprey Manta AG 28 Review

Having now owned the Osprey Manta AG 28 backpack for a little over a fortnight now, I feel prepared to share some of my initial perceptions. It’s been on two long hikes so far, totalling close to twenty-five miles of walking across mixed terrain and gradient.

Further down the line, I like to think I’ll have further comments to make so, if you’re discovering this several months after the publishing date, I would encourage you to leave a comment and ask me how I’m getting on.

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Buying a New Backpack

I’m getting ready to write a review of a backpack I purchased two-weeks ago. It’s now been out with me on its second walk and I feel prepared to jot down some of my initial thoughts and opinions.

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Before that, I’m going to spend this post writing about my selection process for purchasing a backpack. It may help someone else.

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Camping Kit

As I sit here, contemplating one third and final camping trip before the summer leaves us for this year (even though, it may feel like it has only just re-emerged this weekend), I’d like to share with you a selection of items that I consider as essential to my own camping experiences. I’ve noticed that others seem to carry a lot of kit with them…

But then, perhaps it’s because my motive is different – I’m not travelling to ‘camp’ as much as I am earning a place to stay while I head off adventuring in to each day.

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