Wednesday, 1 May 2013
TGO 2013 The Solution
For years I've sought the solution.
For years the solution has eluded me.
But, now I've found the solution.
And, the solution was there all the time.
I just didn't see it.
So, what's the problem?
Well, my gear has been well tested.
I've been well tested too.
I'm expecting all sorts of weather on this year's Challenge and I'll try to ensure that I'm safe and comfortable in all the conditions that may prevail.
I'll wear trail shoes for the first time.
I'm planning to do a few Munros, but, not if conditions are unsafe.
I'm sure I will enjoy myself.
But, that longstanding problem was never fully addressed.
If you are of a sensitive disposition........ look away now.
What follows is an issue that all backpackers have to come to terms with.
I've tried going outside my Trailstar. Try that in a hoolie with cats and dogs!
I've tried going inside my Trailstar. (You .... well on the bits of uncovered ground.) Works, but not very nice!
I've used any sort of countainer I could find, over time. If I could find them.
I nearly got there with a milk carton. Used last year with a degree of success - but it's bulky.
And then it hit me.
I bought a Source water bladder, but didn't like the top. Consequently, I didn't use it much.
It's been in my heap of outdoor-stuff for some time.
My bladder of choice is a Platypus.
Then I saw the solution.
Cut the top of the Source container off. Fill it under the tap. It gains its this-will-stand-up-on-it's-own shape.
Of course I had to try it.
So a recent trip to Cumbria saw me use the modified Source container.
Of course, it must be immediately emptied outside the Trailstar but this is so easy.
Now, I'm quite a hygenic sort of person, having seen folk with top and bottom projectile .................. you get the picture.
So, I use hand gel ..........and, I wash the container out after use. Not in a stream or burn - in case someone is downstream. This is easy - just pour water in from the Platypus (careful not to touch lips)
Once washed - and this is the post solution crux - it goes in the side pocket with my Trailstar. No bulk. Weighs next to nothing and will last ages.
So, this year's TGO will be well sourced.
Whatever the conditions this year, have a good time and pee safe.