And this is Rio:
With such striking similarities it would have been rude not to saddle up and head in to the wild.
After a thorough test that ended in an unceremonious retreat to somewhere warmer to drink whiskey I reached the following conclusions:
- Despite being "ladies" fit rucksack as a whole it was generally very comfy
- The clam shell opening made it really easy to get to things in the bag when it was on the ground. Not so great when on your back but I guess that is what the day sack is for.
- The gortex jacket I have is great - completely dry despite being blown sideways by the rain.
- Headtorches. Brilliant.
- A gortex bivvy bag is only waterproof for so long.
- Fleece gloves are not waterproof
- If you are going to create a shelter with a mate out of ponchos to try and weather a bitch of a storm check first to make sure they actually fit together properly and don't leave a gaping hole directly above where you are planning to sleep.
- Whiskey is important for any activity involving the outdoors
- If you're planning on sleeping out allow at least a couple of hours to set up camp before dark. Although this is unlikely to be the case while I'm away it's a useful lesson to have anyway.
All in all a successful, if not entirely focused on the job at hand, test, however next time I must remember to bring the hammock.