'Having just come back from expedition jetlagged and pushed for time, I thought adding eight extra pages to Descent would be the best way to get back into the swing of things. I hope you'll all find that the extra hours were well spent'.
I am going to buy a new one for the summer!! I'm happy to drag my old one through yorkshire caves that I know well for a bit longer but not stupid enough to go down the berger without gaping holes just wait till you see the state of my harness and jammers...
yeah, I do hate airports. I have flown once in the last 5 years and it was a disastrous experience (stuck in the airport for 2 days, slept on the conveyor belt, then when we finally arrived home had to wait 10 hours for our luggage)
I can get all my kit into a 80l bag (weighed in at 20kg) and a 45l petzl transporter. No idea of the weight of the transporter but probably about 12kg. Transporter had all my textiles. Only caving kit in the hand luggage lithium batteries. I have also do Eva 4 day trip to France, with all my cave kit in hand luggage. The French were not impressed when we flew back as all the metal work was covered in mud.
I also suspect that what ever you use for a cooker you will need to buy the fuel in the country as not sure you can fly with it.