Kühl Stealth VS Quechua hiking pants

To start I will be going with the pair I got first and those were the Kühl STEALTH hiking pants. 
The cost of the pants were R1400 or close to 90€. They were made from a light material and had zip off legs just above the knee. 

The Quechua pants cost R300 or about 19€ and had the zip off legs at the same place as the Kuhl pants, just above the knee. 

The material used in the Quechua pants was much thinner than the Kuhl pants and this was great for summer but shit for winter which meant buying another pair for winter hiking. 

The Kuhl pants had a lots of pockets and I found this nice but having the back pockets although for every day was great, for hiking made it uncomfortable to do long distances with anything in them and after a while of sweating the pockets ended up causing more problems than they solved, on the other hand, the Quechua pants had only three pockets and they were not very big. Great for hiking but pretty useless when it came to carrying anything. 

What I like about the Kuhl pants is that the zipper stays with the piece that you take off. This means you don’t have that little metal ball rubbing on your leg. The Quechua pants end up rubbing your legs in all the wrong places. 

The life expectancy is not bad when it comes to the kühl pants as I have done almost 2 years and many Kms in mine and with a little seam coming loose only recently I felt that they really stuck it out. I will be fixing them and going forward with them into their 3rd year of hiking. Their loose fit and the ability to wear them all years round by simply slipping thermals underneath makes them a ‘one pant does all’. 

The Quechua pants, on the other hand, has taken some beating in the 3 months that I have been using them. With the fit being much tighter and having more elasticity. It has lead to the appearance of the little Cotten balls from chafing between the legs and scratching of the zipper I will be laying them to rest until I have a less demanding job that may require them. 

The conclusion is that you pay for what you get. 

The Kühl STEALTH pants live up to their name and their cost and are recommended for those who are going down a road that needs strength and multi purpose clothing. 

The Quechua pants are not terrible but serve more for sporting pants in the periods where the mornings are fresh and the days are hot. Ideal for instructors and trainers. 

The shadows behind the photos

I have gotten a lot of negative feedback from people over the last 12 months, as I ask for support in the form of sponsorships I get told that I am not able to ask for any support due to the fact that I am living the dream everyone else wishes to live. Well I can promise it’s not all just beautiful landscapes and pretty pictures. 

I have given up my house for a tent,

I have given up my car for a pair of hiking shoes,

I have given up my bed for a blanket on the floor, 

I have given up my family and friends for a community that doesn’t understand me,

I have given up breakfast and lunch many days so I can afford to take my dogs out and have fun,

I have given everything up to live my life,

I made the choice to reach for my dream and I live it.

Is it always easy? No

Can I manage to survive here? I don’t know.

Do I struggle to put food on my plate? Yes.

Do my dogs ever go hungry? No. 

Do they ever stay at home? No. 

Would I change my life? No. 

If I am asking for support, it’s not because I am looking for an easy way out, it’s not because I want you to feel sorry for me. It is purely because I am not able to carry on posting those beautiful photos, it is because I can’t give my dogs the most amazing experiences 

I ask for help because everything I do here I do it to help and change the world for dogs. And I don’t ask them to pay me for that. 


News

We have been struggling lately, we bought a camper about 10 months ago and it has been impossible to have it registered here in Italy, it has drained our money and has stopped us from travelling, I am hoping we manage to fix the problems and push on but it is not easy. 

We did manage to get to Croatia for a few days. It wasn’t really a holiday as we were there for training but the dogs had Fun so I guess it counts. Well here are some pics

1 year and going strong

So it has officially been 1 year that my dogs and I have been travelling. Well I can tell you that it definitely didn’t go the way we planned but if has been perfect, we have had the most amazing times, met the most amazing people and seen the most amazing places. I am thankful for the people who have helped us with our travel and with our necessities. We are not done yet. Unfortunately travelling will still be done on an extremely low budget, but will be following the road that the wind guides us along. I stand here 12 months from the person I was, I can’t believe that that was me. Who I have become and what I have had to do has left me in a state of disbelief. From here we go forward. 

Importance of travel. 

So we all know the saying “travel makes you wise.”

Well why is this? 

I feel it is for a few reasons. The first is that it exposes you to many different cultures and many different traditions and mindsets. This is great for the main reason, you can select what you like and work to avoid what you don’t like. You colour in your likes and dislikes. 

For instance i love Germany for its care and interest in its people, they look after their people. I don’t like it as the people don’t interact with each other easily, they are scared and cold. I love italy as they are passionate and full of life, But the government and the church is killing the people and the earth that they live on.  Now before i experienced either, i loved italy and hated germany. Now i have a colourful reasoning to it. 

The second is your knowledge grows hugely. You meet people that know all sorts of strange things. Travel makes you interested and in return makes you interesting. I have learnt secrets of Sheppards and the ways of the mountains. I also learnt a lot about who i am and who i wish to be.

The third and final thing i will talk about is the confidence it gives you. There is no possibility to fear life when you travel. You need to work through all situations no matter how great your fear is. 

I will add that to do this all alone is key to the effectiveness but any travel is good travel. 

I recently wrote that without travel there is no purpose in life. I will stand by this till someone can give me a better reason.

I don’t stand up to lots I stand for one. Peace. 

So looking at Facebook this morning, sticking my nose once again. I sense fear. So i go look, wolves. I go yay and the town goes blood thirsty. Wolves are seen as the devil, coming in the night and killing. This is not the case unfortunately. 

Here is the problem explained by a very wise friend of mine. We will call this friend “Tree”. 

There is a greater reason to the problem. This reason makes our fear one of self. The people of the valley hunt a lot. They kill many animals, this leaving the ecosystem very unbalanced. We are having problems solving this imbalance. This is how the wolves are solving their imbalance. There is no food left for them in their habitats. We have taken it. They hungry they come and look for food. 

So this is not an act of greed on the wolves behalf, it’s an act of greed on our side. An act that needs to be let go. 

Now this is how we solve this. The wolves are not to blame. It’s the hunters that are to blame for the depleted food source for the wolves. And the hunters are only hunting because we buy their meat. Now I don’t say stop hunting, this would solve the problem but I realize that there is no hope at this happening. So this is my proposal. Hunters should pay an organization per kg of animal they kill. This money should go to breeding programs and compensation for livestock damage. This way we put a balance in the system. I can promise you that humans hunt more animals then the wolves come to our farms for. 

This is the only way we will have peaceful farmers, still do the pointless sport of hunting, and have wolves that keep our mountains alive.

More on TBE

So with the recent vomiting for no apparent reason episode in altair(my dog) we did some more in depth research on TBE(tick borne encephalitis). 

What I have learnt. 

TBE is not found/ rarely found above 1500m and likes humid and warm climates.

We are looking at a disease that is transmitted immediately on bit. So a lot of your prevention methods will not work as they kill the ticks after they have bitten. 

With your Lyme disease it needs abit more time and this give you a greater chance of prevention. 

We are not worried about this just yet. We are worried about TBE. But should we be? 

Well further studies(on the net) have said that Italy has a very low count of infections and non in the area that we are in. 

Below is a link to a great sight, it is based on human infection and not animal but I feel it is relative to one another. 


http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/emerging_and_vector-borne_diseases/tick_borne_diseases/tick_borne_encephalitis/country-profiles/Pages/TBE-Italy.aspx
We are righting this vomiting off as a bug that was picked up at a show. 24 hrs after the vomiting started it ended and all is looking better, still reluctant to eat but I don’t blame him.