With the skinny dip fast approaching Mike and I agreed acclimatization dips were of a necessity. Mike recently has had a period off intense busyness. Knipe towers had been under siege by a screaming hoard. Aided by his indomitable companion, Lucky the dog, they overcame all difficulties and restored the peace. With a bit of time in hand, Mike managed to slip away for a walk and an overnight bivi.
Heavy rain on the way up to Wooler gave some cause for concern. However, by the time the car was parked and we had lunch, the skies cleared and the afternoon became quite pleasant.
From Wooler we headed over to Ross Back Sands for our overnight bivi. Recently I picked up a modified tarp which I thought may be ideal for our overnight stays. However, it was a major faff to erect . Modifications are required, I need a sewing machine!
Water is the biggest problem when we bivi. Carrying in four plus litres is heavy. Modified tent stakes that will actually be effective in loose sand also adds to the weight. A griddle and charcoal was also carried in. Mind, the grilled lamb steaks and spuds were great.