It’s now less than two months until our trip to Sri Lanka with Craghoppers and Adventure Worldwide; and as of last night we have our Visas, so looks like it’s definitely happening!
The itinerary for the trip is extremely active, what with all the cycling and trekking and mountains and white water rafting… Being an active girl I’m dead excited about all that, but also anxious to stay fit for our dawn hike up to ‘Adam’s Peak’ (2,240m).
With that in mind (and a convenient excuse to test out some of the new kit I got from Craghoppers!), a couple of weekends ago I took the boyfriend up to Snowdonia for a long adventure weekend. He’s a professional windsurfer so gets a bit lost above sea level. I had used my prize to get him some Craghoppers Kiwi Pro trousers and a long sleeved base top, in an effort to make him look more like a mountaineer, since if he’s left to his own devices he usually remains in boardshorts and a t-shirt whatever the weather, which quite frankly I find a bit embarrassing. I definitely approved his new look, and he in turn seemed pleasantly surprised by how comfortable and mobile he felt in the Kiwi Pros.
Anyway, as usual the weather in the mountains was horrific, but despite wind and rain we had a completely brilliant time. I have to admit that I wore my own new *winter lined* Craghoppers Kiwi Pro trousers for the four days straight: scrambling, mountain biking, hiking… I’d have worn them in bed if I hadn’t been so worried about getting mud in my sleeping bag (I’ve no clue how to go about washing a down sleeping bag). They were a revelation; I never realised I lost so much heat out of my legs before… And I wore the big cosy Fernlee fleece in the bunkhouse to keep warm in the evenings.
Luckily the day we left was sunny so we stopped to go up Cadair Idris on the way home. Here’s a pic of the spectacular view, with the boyfriend getting to grips with his fear of heights.