Showing posts from April, 2012


I like titanium pots, pans and stoves.  Light weight aside, I don't like titanium single wall mugs because I know from painful experience what happens when the urge to sip a hot mug of soup, tea or coffee exceeds the ability to wait until the contents are cool enough to sensibly do so.  The burn is painful and the resulting blister on the lower lip is instant and quickly pulls off to leave a raw patch that will last for several days.

Having spent some time canoe trekking in Scandinavia, I always wanted a traditional kuksa but never got round to buying one.  There is a cheaper alternative to beautiful but expensive traditional kuksas,  Kupilka in Finland are gaining a wider reputation for a slightly different take on the traditional carved burl by combining pine fibre with some kind of durable, hard thermoplastic to mold kuksa-shaped drinking vessels as well as plates, bowls and cutlery.

The Kupilka 21 is a traditionally-shaped 'little cup' that holds 210ml, which is just…

Black Sail Hut

I've wanted to stay at Black Sail hut in Ennerdale for many years and finally had the chance to do so this past weekend, meeting up with a few people I have met previously and few I had not.  Well-known guide book author, writer and raconteur Paddy Dillon also joined us for the weekend, bringing his own brand of humour and entertainment to the party.   The weather was wonderful all weekend with some fine walking on Saturday from the hut, along the Climber's Traverse on Pillar to the summit, Scoat Fell and a return to Ennerdale via the ridge from the top of Steeple.  What a fantastic route the climber's traverse is, taking-in great views of mighty Pillar Rock on the way.  I've climbed Pillar on numerous occasions, but this route is by far the best.  Beware, though, it's easy to miss the deviation from the direct route.  It does require a drop in height, but the views on such a day as Saturday are breathtaking.  Crossing via Scoat Fell, the descent from Steeple to En…