I have just ordered a new Flask for hot drinks while activating, we have always had a flask with hot water in and then either Tetley Teabags(other teabags are available) or OXO Cubes. Once on our first activation of Cadair Berwyn, we had a full Indian buffet (kindly carried by Elaine my XYL) the flask had Mulligatawny Soup in it that day!
My Question is what do others take up to keep refreshed apart from the important H2O??
For liquids just water on warm days. In winter I reduce my water and take a thermos flask of coffee.
I also need to eat frequently, so if a long activation a packed lunch, otherwise a banana and energy bars or a muffin/scone, etc.
As you may know, when me and my dad Tom M1EYP activate SOTA summits, we usually take a flask of soup with us and we have done for many years and we’ve experience loads of different flavours of soup as a result. The first ever time we took a flask of soup up a SOTA summit was back in November 2003 which was 2 years before I was even licenced, the soup on that very day happened to Mulligatawny which has always remained of one of our favourite soups to take up a SOTA summit in a flask.
I always take a small bottle of water and usually a couple of sandwiches except when the summit has a “gaststatte” on it (or near to the start / along the hill walk to the summit) then a nice cold weissbier in summer or Hungarian Goulash soup in winter after an activation, can’t be beaten in my book!
73 Ed DD5LP.
My flask of tea is the heaviest thing in my rucksack. Though it’s much lighter on the descent. Tetley tea of course.
Also Natalie sometimes takes a small flask of hot water and some Latte sachets so we can have a posh drink on the Summit.
My trusty Thermos flask has accompanied me on dozens of Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, LDs and Pennines, despite the weight penalty. Only ever used for coffee, though. Water in a bottle or Platypus, too. However, as I am now permanently on a low carb diet, I do miss food combinations of sandwiches, crisps, nuts, sweets etc. A thread on preferred (and often bizarre) sandwich fillings alone would probably soon reach the 100 posts limit, methinks …
I tend to just grab a sandwich on the summit. I set the rig to repeating a CQ and when there isn’t a pile up I take a bite. This is obviously the cue for several calls and an element of chaos with the pencil and the half eaten sandwich both needing to be out of the range of Woody and the logbook and microphone usually now in hiding!
I have a Jetboil Stove which has a coffee filter arrangement, so the treat is usually back at the car - a proper cup of coffee and a piece of cake. Paul