Last weekend Wales Outdoors, through our friendship group Adventure Activity South Wales, delivered a very successful backpacking weekend aimed at novices to getting out on the hill with all kit on their backs and sleeping out in wild locations.
It seemed clear that some guidance on kit was needed and so here are some links to suppliers that we use and recommend, to our kit hire service and to the dates for our planned backpacking events running through to January 2019.
These are the websites we use to search for bargains and buy kit - we always check amazon and sometimes ebay for price comparisons just in case something is cheaper elsewhere. It's always worth looking at the weight of the pricier kit on ultralightoutdoorgear and seeing if anything cheaper comes close. Remember, you need to purchase kit that is suitable for the job you need it to do. So, you don't need an Everest ready waterproof or down jacket if you're only going to be camping in three season UK conditions. It's always worth buying the best item for your needs as it will last longer and companies like thermarest give a lifetime guarantee, I've just had my mat replaced after a year and a half use! That company is actually called Cascade Designs and they make other kit under different brands such as MSR stoves and tents.
https://www.alpkit.com - a great company that will have you really thinking about kit choice
https://rockrun.com - sign up to the newsletter for regular clearance sale email notifications
https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk - top of the range kit for those with the cash
Current GoOutdoors bargains...
Backpack - £36 - http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/oex-vallo-60plus10-rucksack-p322283
All future camping trips will be sold at a much lower cost but with all kit available for hire. In this way the more kit you have the cheaper the event will be.
FUTURE BACKPACKING TRIPS:
We may add one trip to the programme in the summer but that will be dependent upon instructor availability.
28-30/9/18 - Snowdonia - https://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Activity-South-Wales/events/243810993/
13-14/10/18 - Brecon Beacons - https://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Activity-South-Wales/events/250882967/
3-4/11/18 - Brecon Beacons - https://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Activity-South-Wales/events/250883097/
17-18/11/18 - Brecon Beacons - https://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Activity-South-Wales/events/250883821/
1-2/12/18 - Brecon Beacons - https://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Activity-South-Wales/events/250883210/
22-23/12/18 - Brecon Beacons - https://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Activity-South-Wales/events/250883351/
21-28/1/19 - Tenerife - https://www.meetup.com/Adventure-Activity-South-Wales/events/250875480/