In my last post I was talking about a hike that I will do this summer. Actually, the start of the hike is in about 2 weeks! So what will my hike be? I will be hiking in my home country, The Netherlands, the Pieterpad. This is a hiking path from the top of the Netherlands down to the bottom and I will walk it from North to South. The trail is about 490 km.
You can choose if you want to walk it from North to South or from South to North. I think (and also a lot of other people) that the best way is going from North to South. The northern part, the last days in the hike, will be very flat and not a lot of nature. The southern part goes more up and down and the nature is more beautiful. The last couple of days will be hard so it is better in my opinion to have a nice surrounding.
I’ve got 3 weeks for the whole trail and it will be about 25 km a day on average. The first week I will try to do a bit more. The walking will be easier because it’s flat and I will have more energy. I’ve scheduled 2 resting days.
What is good to know is that you can not camp in the wild in the Netherlands so you are bound to campings, bed and breakfasts and hotels. Also, you can ask if you can camp for a night at a farm or something. We are nice people on average 🙂
I will stay the most at campings so I will be hiking with full gear with tent and everything. I was looking at my gear from my Arctic Circle hike and I decided to get some new gear, especially my sleeping bag. The one I brought to Norway was very warm and because of that heavier then it needed to be in for this hike. After some searching I found the Mountain Equipment Solo Long (I’m quite tall). This one, including the stuff bag weighs 448 grams and it will cost about 200,- euro’s, normal price. If you search and wait for it you can probably pick it up for around 150,-. This saved me about 1,2 kg which is a lot!
Also, I got another sleeping mattress. The one I brought with me had an R value of 5, which also means it was heavier then I need. I bought the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite Large for this trip. it has an R value of 3 and it will also be good for other trips.
Some time ago I also got another tent. I went from the MSR Hubba Hubba NX to the MSR Hubba NX, the one person tent. The weight difference is about 600 grams. I know that there are lighter versions of this tent. The way they save the weight is the thickness of the materials, so the lighter tent is more prone to get beat up.
In my next post I will talk in more detail about my gear list.