With Gayle & Mick dropping in on a pub all decked out for Christmas it brought me round to happy smiley thoughts rather than the less than happy thoughts of the night before.
On our recent Ridgeway Daunder, I had been spending the day in Darren's wake, noticing his fleetness of foot in his Inov-8's and the fact that he was whizzing along with some quite fancy lightweight kit. Later that same day Darren had remarked that there were quite a few ways that I could lose a few pounds from my rucksack. For instance, he had noticed that I was lugging my Quarter Cask Laphroaig around in my faithful old blue Sigg bottle.
Anyway, I promptly forgot all the good advice (the contents of the Sigg bottle helped with that one), until yesterday morning when our Postie knocked on the door with a small parcel, and it was for me!
Yippee! Christmas! I had no idea what it could be. (Had I been ordering stuff on the internet after coming back home from the pub?)
Inside the packaging was a lovely little note from Bob & Rose over at backpackinglight.co.uk saying that a little bird had let them know that I had been lugging around huge heavy bottles around Britain. Unwrapping the package completely, this is what I found:
Yes - a very pretty Nalgene 12 ounce flask. It comes with a red polycarbonate sleeve, a removable 1 ounce shot cap and the PET flask itself.
This picture shows it stripped down into it's component parts on the scales, weighing in, in total at 121 grams.
My old Sigg bottle weighed in at 124 grams, but it did encourage you to lug about the full 75cl of Cask Strength.!
So - I think this last picture says it all! This shows the flask as I would carry it across on the TGO Challenge; stripped down to the important bit and weighing only 53 grams. That's a saving over the Sigg of 71 grams, but more importantly I will be carrying half a bottle less of Scotch - which is not a problem as I can send up the rest of the nectar in my food parcels to be collected on route.
Another advantage of this system is that on a cold evening you are holding a material that is warmer to the touch than the cold aluminium of the Sigg flask.
I believe that this is the first of these wonderful flasks to hit the UK shores! So - if you want to spoil yourself, Bob, & Rose will soon be stocking these excellent flasks in time to treat yourself for Christmas.
Thanks Bob, and thanks Darren. A wonderfully kind thought!