In reply to G4ERP:
It’s good to see that a few humourous micky-taking comments have expanded this into a useful thread. In a way I’m glad the Winter Bonus is here, it means I can take this damn thong off!
The survival contents in my bag come with me Winter or Summer. All that changes are the number of layers and amount of water. I always have a wolly hat and change the thicker hat for a sun hat in the Summer. Same with gloves, there’s always the thin pair (good for radio ops) and the thick ones. The weight is negligible and they stuff into a corner of the bag. The compass, survival bag, whistle, windup torch, diabetes medicines and emergency carbohydrate supplies stay in the bag all year. I reckon 80% of the 12-14kg of my bag’s weight is nothing to do with radio.
Tom has written about his flask of soup, well I’ve started taking a flask of coffee with me. We had mildish but damp weather so far but even so having a flask of hot drinks with me has been very welcomed. Mine was a 500ml £2.95 stainless steel one from ASDA. Can’t fault it for the money.
Interesting about the whistle, mine lives in the top pocket of the bag, I think that will now change. Also I need to get another for when Sarah comes with me. I did think a pair of PMR446 handys may be useful. But I think a whistle for both is much more useful and works with non-radio equipped ears as well!
It looks like tomorrow afternoon may be dry enough for a bash on one of the local 2 pointers. It’ll be fun doing hills I’ve done before as I can see how much fitter I am that last year and try and better the times or find more interesting routes up them.