Hi, Having lurked reading back over the forum for a while I felt it time to say hello. I'm a walker of short hikes, preferably good weather, near home, and not too challenging. Yet recently I've felt the perverse urge to venture a bit further and now, at last, have the time and freedom to live life for the thrills. In preparation I have cobbled together the kit to enable me to wild camp overnight. Mostly from what was already lying about in the loft from long ago. Back, way back, I did do some trips further afield and there was also gear that once belonged to other family members. Reading through the forum has been a great help. Many thanks to all who have shared so much good information. No doubt with time I will be able to put it to further use when I gradually upgrade to modern gear. For a while though I'll be more of a retro wild camper/walker. One big exception, my sleeping mat. I've splashed out and bought one. What I had that was warm and comfy proved just too bulky. Also a few odds and ends. Things like a spork. Having spent the odd night testing gear on local hills I've got a two day hike/camp a little further afield all planned and will be heading out just as soon as the weather improves. Michael.