Regular readers will know that a rather strange Christmas tradition has grown up in our household. It is now traditional for Santa to bring me presents from Bob and Rose’s range of the weird and the wonderful over at backpackinglight.co.uk. Every now and then — as I go through the year — I stumble on something quite bizarre and try and remember what it is. It is always one of these things!
So — the excitement mounts I know — what landed this Christmas?
Well, there were two items this year. The first is actually rather impressive and useful.
This is a diminutive light from Petzl. I should have included something in the photo to give it scale but the lights you can see are three LEDs. This tiny torch packs a real punch and gives off some serious light. A tiny chord unwinds from the top section and this can be placed around the head or the neck. Great stuff.
But, then there is this!
This would appear to be a water container. It has the words Military Approved on the side. But what the hell do you do with it?
We played a game over the holidays. It was suggested that it would be useful for keeping water in camp until I pointed out that I can already do this with a bottle which has the useful addition of a top/closure to avoid spillage.
It seemed to me that this can only really be used as a dog bowl. I do not have a dog. I have no plans to get a dog.
Racking my mind I thought of Bob and his backpacking habits. Bob is well known for his fastidiousness and, well, cleanliness. When backpacking I like to forget about all of this stuff (apart from the basics) until I find a proper shower. But could it be that this water carrier is for morning ablutions? Even worse, could it be for washing up?
I have usually found hat a little stream will surface for all of my backpacking cleanliness needs. But have I missed something? What would you use this for?