total base weight 6.9 kg
total pack weight 9.5 kg
total distance 24.1 km
I had hiked in this area in March this year with a group. This time I hiked an alternate and varied route solo. I was also lucky with the weather this time with little rain. I drove the half hour from home and parked the car at Farum Train station arriving around 12 noon.
I was really looking forward to this trip as I was wanting to use my recently acquired ZPacks Duplex tent. I am still very pleased with my Tarptent Notch and will continue to use it. However the Notch weighs in at 827g after, I seam sealed it, while the Duplex only weighs 595g and requires no seam sealing. The Notch only has room for one while the Duplex comfortably sleeps two persons. Another great feature, which I love, is the fact that you can have the doors open on the Duplex all night even in rain weather, as long as it is not a downpour. You can’t do that with the Notch, not without getting wet. I am really sold and I got to tell you that I love it.
After leaving the train station I followed the trail south-west until I arrived at the western end of the lake where I took a lunch break. Visibility was only about 300m so it was difficult to see the views of the lake although I could hear the ducks diving and splashing around in the water.
After lunch I headed south-west to the outskirts of the forest area where I then changed direction to a north heading towards my camp area for the night. At the Nyvang camp area there are no facilities, no toilets and no water. I packed an extra 2ltr of water in so my pack weight on Sunday was considerably lighter. Just a basic camp spot, which I prefer actually, as you can nearly always have these places to yourself. I tried to get a fire going after setting up my ZPacks Duplex, but the wood was just too wet. So I opted to an early night instead, which was okay, as I was wanting to spend time in the Duplex shelter. It worked really well having the doors open and it did rain slightly through the night. I could just lay in bed and look out at the scenery and the rain. I’m really going to love it in the spring/summer time I’m sure.
Another item that I was wanting to try was my new Pinguin Surpass Titan (titanium) burner. I only use a gas stove in the winter months as I prefer the alcohol stove. I am not normally in a rush so the waiting time is not a problem for me. I have been using an Optimus CRUX folding stove but I have been unhappy with the performance for some time. I had to keep adjusting the flame constantly which was very annoying. The Pinguin Surpass Titan weighs in at only 48g and 52g with the accompanying bag. The Optimus CRUX weighs 107g with the bag. This is a considerable difference and the Pinguin Surpass Titan preformed beautifully. No problem with the flame; I adjusted it to where I wanted it and it just stayed there and the weight is the best feature. I can highly recommend it.
On Sunday I got out of bed when the sun came up around 8:30am. I was in no rush and took my time to eat breakfast and drink my morning coffee. I guess I was packed and ready to leave around 10:30am. This is really late for me as I prefer early starts normally, but these winter months just lack in daylight. I am already looking forward to spring time so I can get in some longer days of hiking.
I also only had about 11.5km back to the car today so I was just enjoying myself. Another great feature which I forgot to mention about the Duplex is that it doesn’t soak up water like the Notch does. A quick wipe with the towel and the moisture is gone and the Duplex is quickly packed in it’s stuff sack again and still weighing in at 595g. The Notch will soak up water and when you pack it in it’s stuff sack again it weighs considerable more. With the Danish weather conditions it is not normally possible to dry your tent out before you are ready for the day’s hiking. So this is a great feature for me.
The day’s journey takes me to the Bastrup Tower ruin first. It was built around year 1100. At the top you have a magnificent view of the Bastrup Lake.
From here I followed the Mill Stream Path (Mølleåstien) east heading towards the parking area at the train station. Today I hike the path on the opposite side of the Farum Lake from where I was yesterday and I can see where I had eaten lunch the day before as there is no fog today. The path is very busy and slightly stressful as there a many joggers, walkers and mountain bikers in this section.
On arrival back at the car around 2pm, I am pleased that I found the time to get outdoors one week before Christmas and with the bonus of trying out some new gear too.