Microadventure Kit List

It’s nearly time to start thinking about a microadventure this year. For me, with a young family, it’s more about finding a good time to head out to camp under the stars on a school night.

Anyway, I love a good list, so here’s what I take with me.

Rucksack
I’ve got an Osprey Stratos 34 which I bought last year. It was a bit pricey at £90, but my old one lasted 12 years, so hopefully this will be similar. I’m a big fan – it’s just big enough and has some lovely features (raincover, hip pockets, mesh back).

Bivi/Bivvy Bag
Rab Survival Zone Bivi. 4 years old now and I found a good deal and paid £50. I’m a big Rab fan, more about the quality than fitting in with the Rab Brigade. It’s been good, not perfect, but I don’t think any is. If I was buying again I’d think about the Alpkit Hunka (£47) and Hunka XL (£64).

Sleeping Bag
I’m still using a down sleeping back which I bought from Blacks in 2006. It’s called a Quantum, weighs about 1.1kg and cost about £90. They still make a sleeping bag with the same name, but it’s a cheap and synthetic now.

Sleeping Mat
I’m still using a Therm-a-rest Prolite which is 12 years old. I’ve used it dozens of times; camping trips, microadventures, hotel floors on stag dos, airports. It’s solid – never had any problems at all. I think I paid £50. Bargain.

Pillow
Not essential, but certainly recommended. I use a Mammut Air Pillow, weighs about 50g and cost less than a tenner.

Stove, Gas, Cooking stuff
My stove is a Coleman FyreLight which has been going strong for 12 years now. The newer models weigh in at 77g and cost about £30. You simply screw two parts together, with that then screwing into a Coleman gas canister. The Coleman ‘100’ canister, stove and light fit perfectly into a Alpkit titanium MyTi mug, which I use for cooking and eating from.

Headtorch
It’s a Petzl something. About 10 years old, a bit battered but does the job.

Jacket
Montane Prism Jacket with Primaloft syntetic fill. Good jacket, still need to wear a jumper or fleece on a cold night, but packs down small and dries fine when wet.

That’s me. What would you recommend?