It’s Alive!

Solat Test Pic

At least in a blinking lights, screen lighting up, charging icon kind of way…

Here I am, on a ledge above the ocean, typing away while the sun charges my laptop.
I’ve had some serious doubts along the way, what with the expensive stuff and warranty issues and returns and everything it’s been a rough road at times… Continue reading

7 Rules For Tent Living


1: No shoes in the tent. Walking in and out of the tent in only your socks is of course fine.

2: Never cook in your tent. The vestibule is not really in the tent though…so if you’re in the tent and the stove is sort of right in the doorway then you’re totally doing it right.

3: Always be in your sleeping bag, it’s cozy, that’s what it’s for.  If something is out of reach simply do the worm across all people and obstacles until you get there.

4: Never bring wet rain gear into the tent. Unless it’s raining outside, in which case you will want to keep your wet things dry.  This means you pretty much always have wet rain gear in your tent.  Consider a declaring a swamp zone and make sure everyone keeps their swamp in the zone.

5: Don’t pitch in a ditch.  Seriously, you don’t need to be on high ground but at least make sure there’s some place lower for the water to go.

6: Prepare for the worst weather you have ever seen.  If it’s nice and sunny be extra suspicious as the weather is probably just trying to fool you before letting it rip at the last possible second.

7: Always always always have a clean dry pair of socks at the bottom of your sleeping bag.  In case of an emergency, clean dry socks will make everything okay after all.

Did I miss anything?  Feel free to add your own in the comments.

(Not my picture. I found it on the internet with permission to reuse it, and I didn’t have my usual photos at hand.  Can’t figure out who took it but well done!  Looks like a great time)

Scotland Planning, Episode 4



I’ll be in Scotland a month from now (you can read more about my plans here, and here, and here), flights are bought, plans are made (sort of), and now it’s time to start test everything out…mostly because playing with gear is more fun then other stuff like laundry or cleaning my room.

Any way I’m in my tent right now, heroically pitched in the back yard so as to be withing wifi range.   Continue reading