In reply to G4OIG:
In reply to 2E0YYY:
However, after yesterdays jaunt, I’m suffering from sore knees.
Sore knees generally result from steep descents. I used to suffer a
lot when I first started SOTA, but have little trouble nowadays as the
muscles around my knees now help support the joints. The same goes for
my hips. My range now extends well beyond 2 hours walk time, whereas
at one time I’d be in considerable pain after an hour or so.
Yep. Same here Gerald, I can go much further than 6 months ago.
It would appear I was fated not to activate Shining Tor today. Despite the weather forecast, I decided to drive there anyway, arriving at the Cat and Fiddle at about 0720 only to find it hammering down. I stayed for over half an hour hoping for a break, which never came. At 0800, I reluctantly turned the car around and made my way home. So to sum up, a 50 odd mile round trip for nowt.
With regards to backpack weight, I think you’ll find the only piece of
kit that you carried up Shining Tor that might be considered to be
"inappropriate" was the 20AH SLAB. I used to haul a 12AH
SLAB up hills, but found a lightness in my step once I’d discovered
the price of LiPOs had dropped.
Well there are quite a few other bits and bobs I bring along, which all add up.
I too have a 12Ah SLAB as well as a 9 and 7.5Ah
As for the 20Ah SLAB, the performance from the battery is superb, especially with the FT-857, which if I’m not mistaken, draws about 1 Amp on receive, so I don’t mind carrying it too much.
OTOH, as someone who deals in batteries for a living, there’s really no excuse for me not having LiPOs