I don't know if you noticed it, but there has just been one hell of a winter. Up in Scotland it has been particularly severe, with the deer & sheep being hit badly as their grazing has been under feet of snow. They have died in far greater numbers than usual.
This means that it is important when taking water from normally clear streams to check for contamination from rotting carcases that may be upstream. With the TGO Challenge coming up in less than two weeks, I don't fancy getting any nasties to ruin my trip. For the first time in years and years I have decided to take a small water filter. Taking a leaf from the World's Greatest Gear Monster's book, this afternoon I have been on the blower to Uncle Bob at Backapackinglight Towers to order myself a Travel Tap. The benefit of this ingenious device is that it it is quick and easy to fill and then you can drink from it as you would a normal water bottle.
It's rather nice to have a bit of a brew at lunchtime, especially when walking with company. I have never managed to get to grips with floppy windshields; they always seem to fall over, get blown away or just get in the way of things generally.
It does it for me. My lunchtime brew will now be quicker to the boil and I stand less chance of burning my trousers / laces / sitmat etc etc...
Both these items can be bought from Bob's magnificent online emporium: Backapckinglight.co.uk
Phew! A post about gear! I think I shall go and have a lie-down now and recover from the shock... I might have a small whisky to calm the nerves.