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Pedalling the Globe
By Connie Ceuppens
08, Feb, 2018
Sam on his Skyehigh sleeping bag and cycling around the world
I wanted to share this with you as it was a lovely email to receive, especially on a cold and dark Monday afternoon. Sam emailed in because he was so impressed with the performance of his SkyeHigh 700. He is currently travelling the world on his bike and raising money for Unicef as he goes. His trip looks awesome and definitely makes me want to cycle away into the sunset, well worth sharing. You can follow his progress (and look at lots of interesting pictures) here.
I just wanted to send you good people a brief email to say thank you.
At the beginning of this year I purchased a new sleeping bag from you, the SkyeHigh 700, in preparation for my attempt at cycling solo around the world. As I was planning to spend most nights camping where I could I wanted a bag that packed down small and was lightweight but was also capable of giving me a comfortable nights sleep in all seasons. Having now been on the road for 9 months and covered a little more than 11,000kms through seventeen countries and spent an estimated 95% of my nights camping, the SkyeHigh has proved itself to tick all three boxes. I’ve been meaning to send you an email to congratulate you on such a great product for some time now but it is after my latest experience with the SkyeHigh that has prompted me to write this now.
I’ve just come back from a little side trip to my main adventure which saw me cycling The Annapurna Circuit here in Nepal. I wanted to see if it was possible to ride a loaded touring bike around the circuit in a self supported style, carrying all my own food and clothing and staying away from the lodges that line the route and instead camp the whole way round. I was repeatedly warned beforehand by local guides that many aspects of my approach to the circuit would mean that my chances of success were slim. I was told the bike was unsuitable and too heavy at around 35kgs and that as it is now winter here in Nepal, camping would be extremely uncomfortable, especially above 4000m where they predicted temperatures could drop as low as -20c.
I’m pleased to say I was able to complete the circuit in the style I wanted to in a little under 13 days. Having spent much of my life climbing and playing in the mountains I’ve gone through my fair share of sleeping bags from very well known brands with their eye watering price tags to lesser known companies but can honestly say I believe your SkyeHigh bag is one of the best I’ve ever had. During those 13 days I was up in the mountains temperatures regularly fell well below freezing at night with the coldest camp at 4900m reaching -17.2c inside the tent but even then I was still able to get a relatively good nights sleep, something I attribute for the most part to the SkyeHigh.
So in short I just wanted to say thank you for such a great product. I know of no other company, certainly not the ones I’ve used anyway, that offers such a great sleeping bag at this price point. With around three years and 40,000km still to go on this trip until I arrive back home I’m sure I’ve many challenges ahead of me but at least getting a good nights sleep is not one of them thanks to the SkyeHigh.
All the best for the future and long may you carry on creating such outstanding products. I know where I’ll be coming for any future purchases.
Best wishes from Nepal
Sam was in Nepal when he got in touch but I think he is now currently in Thailand. Good luck with the rest of your trip Sam!
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