Got to use the micro-tarp, and once again, the titanium DX stove proves itself to be a brilliant investment; used twigs to cook my dinner, pine-cones to fuel it as a fire-can, then meths for my morning brew.
The tarp was easy to rig, too.
Temperature dropped to around -2C; didn’t realise how cold it was until I noticed that the sandy ground had frozen solid, along with my discarded tea-bags from last night.
Grateful for goose-down, fleece and silk sleeping-bag liners.
Tog24 compression base-layers: These get the thumbs-up; shop around online and get them for around £7 a piece - and not £35! They replace old-school thermal tops, and do a much better job as a base-layer, keeping you dry and warm under a soft-shell jacket. Unlike my old thermals, these dry out fast. Not entirely sure about the marketing-speak about compression-vests enhancing muscle-strength and endurance, though. They’re antibacterial, so shouldn’t stink up readily. I suspect Frank Castle wears these…
You never know if and when you may find yourself in a survival situation. If that happens, you simply need to have proper equipment with you. Bushcraft Survival Black is a sturdy and strong knife with a 1/8-inch (3.2 mm) thick blade.