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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.

Choosing a Backpacking Tent

We’re almost at the end of February and time is running out for me to make this month’s purchase, in preparation for backpacking the Ridgeway long-distance footpath.

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In January, I upgraded to a pair of walking poles. Now, I’m looking for my nightly shelter. A one-person tent that’s lightweight, packs away well and is something I would be comfortable to sleep and cook within.

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To Walk the Ridgeway

Sometime last year, I developed an interest in walking some of Britain’s National Trails and long-distance paths.

Initially, I felt inspired to walk the Camino de Santiago but that interest has since waned… Partly because of its ever-increasing popularity; partly because of my own feelings of intimidation towards the idea of a foreign adventure.

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Taking time to complete a long walk in Britain should be cheaper, easier to access, less likely to encounter language barrier issues and it may even be good for the economy. I’ve decided to kick it off by walking The Ridgeway.

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