“Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it.  Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it” (Richard Lamm)

This last year I seem to have acquired more new items of kit than usual and, despite promises not to buy any more parangs, more parangs too!

Although I don’t see myself as a kit junkie it may well be true that this is like an drug addict in denial about the extent of their problem and, on the basis of the amount of camping equipment I have, the evidence does seem to be mounting against me.

Part of the reason for this splurge on camping stuff was the revelation of ultralight camping.  When I was younger the need for a lighter pack was not so great and I could lug around heavy rucksacks for days without (much) complaint – now I am older, less fit and more lazy and a heavy rucksack is something I will go to great pains to avoid.

I had hoped to cover more on ultralight camping this year but didn’t get round to it so it’s on the list for the New Year.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a short video on some of the products I came across this year that I liked and it might give you some ideas of what to ask for this Christmas…

…and all the best for the festive season from the jungle!