What’s in my Backpack? (Winter Hiking – Osprey Manta AG 28)

How much and how many items do you carry in your backpack,

when preparing for a day of hiking?

I’ve seen other YouTubers release ‘What’s in my pack?’-style videos and have decided to create one of my own, centred around winter hill walks and hiking. I also thought this kind of upload might be good for my still-new-but-slowly-growing channel.

It’s also an opportunity to highlight a few features of the Osprey Manta AG 28 backpack that I purchased in June, without doing a run-of-the-mill review-style video.

Audio isn’t great and my camera is partly to blame (hoping to upgrade/replace that, later this year) and I perhaps made the mistake of trying to hide or disguise the camera noise with music… Some will like it; some won’t. In hindsight, I could’ve recorded the audio on my phone and worked through painfully synchronising it with the video footage. But for the weather outside, I could’ve also recorded it in a more appealing location than my own bedroom.

I hope that people find it interesting. Constructive feedback is always welcome. I also aim to release a similar video over the summer so that we (and I) can compare. I’ve also started to create my own thumbnail images to accompany my videos.

Disclaimer: I live in North Somerset and mostly walk ten-to-twelve miles at a time, during winter. Most conditions and landscapes, except for mountains. My arrangements may not suit everyone.

Link to my channel: Olly Outdoors

Thanks for watching and reading.

Video: My First Walk in the Black Mountains

I’m about to begin writing up a memorable walk from the middle of December. It was my first time exploring the Black Mountains in Wales, having already visited the (central) Brecon Beacons three times along with a few walks in the Wye Valley.

If you’re interested in watching my seven-minute video beforehand, you’ll find it below. I’m slightly disappointed (and surprised, actually) that it hasn’t received more views. Some of you may have already seen it but I’m quite certain many of you haven’t.

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Air Frying in a Halogen Oven

Here on my blog, I receive a reasonable number of hits on a regular basis, regarding a few specific search engine terms that include ‘halogen oven’.

One of these involves air-frying – or, more specifically; the optional air-frying attachment that can be purchased for most 12lt ovens.

With this in mind, I recorded a video several weeks ago and, on Monday evening, I go around to completing the editing process and uploading my brief introduction to the use of an air-frying attachment in my halogen oven.

I do hope this video is of use to others and, if that is the case, I will look to record further footage on the use of the halogen oven.

Thanks for reading and for watching.

Exmoor Walk – YouTube Video

Some of you may have already seen this but, for those who have not; I did also create a video of the Exmoor walk I have just previously written about.

I tried to do something a little different here, by including short snippets of narration. Also, I felt as though it might be convenient to use several shorter audio tracks, where I would previously struggle to find one track of the perfect length for the entire video… I have a lot of respect for video editors who work the other way in editing their footage to suit the music they’ve selected!

All constructive feedback on these elements and the video overall are always going to be appreciated so that I can learn and apply changes and different ideas to future videos.

I hope you do enjoy this one and subscribe if you haven’t already done so. I’ve taken an unplanned break from video editing recently and that’s partly to do with the frustration of doing everything on a £300 laptop that is now six-years old… I think I’d be better off with a desktop PC in the long run (my laptop is always desk-bound, anyway).

Thanks for reading and for watching.

Shropshire Highlights Video

Many of you may not be aware that I now have a second YouTube channel (Olly Writes), where I intend to post more predominantly about walking and hiking. This leaves my ‘main’ channel (Olly Parry-Jones) free to focus on woodworking and DIY.

My latest upload to this new channel is a highlights ‘reel’ of photos and footage from my recent trip to Shropshire. I intend to release two further videos on Shropshire, showcasing each of the two walks I completed (both of which, get a brief mention in this new video).

All feedback is welcome and, as I currently have only eleven subscribers at the time of writing, I would also be grateful to anyone with a Google account who can click on the ‘Subscribe’ button.

One thought I had – quite soon after uploading, as well – was that I could experiment with using several shorter music tracks instead of trying to find one that fits my created timeline.

Currently, I’m working on a video of a recent walk on Exmoor, that could be uploaded within days. Beyond that, I’d like to be in a position to upload videos to this new channel quite frequently (walking videos are much easier to cut and edit than my others) and I’d like to also look at some of the equipment I use and experiment with my halogen oven, in good time.

Thanks for reading (and watching).

Yin and Yang Bandsaw Boxes (Part 1)

It’s been a fortnight since I uploaded this first video to YouTube and I had hoped that the second instalment would be ready to upload this evening… Well, it hasn’t quite worked out that way – and it has taken me this long to get around to writing about it!

Here it is, for those of you who haven’t already seen it across my social media sites.

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