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Completing a Circle This walk is almost exactly the same length as all the other walks in this little series and most of them, oddly enough, have 500 feet of ascent. And, if you do them all you'll have encircled Crook.
Yettanother Local Walk - Stanley Moss No, Stanley Moss isn't Crook's local famiss racing car driver, it's a lowland moss nature reserve near Stanley Crook. Having said that it's lowland, it's reasonably high at about 800 feet above sea level.
Deferred Gratification - Part 1 A few weeks ago, I was inwardly bemoaning the fact that my calendar for 2020 was looking a bit sparse in terms of backpacking trips, with just the TGO Challenge and one long weekend on Dartmoor, inked in. No trips to the Lakes, no section of South West Coast Path.
Finally at the summit… Climbing Cad-Stair Idris Have you ever tried but failed to reach the summit of a mountain? Cadair Idris in Snowdonia is my example of this, I have attempted twice, from two different directions and not managed a complete ascent either time. Last week I at last succeeded to summit but not quite in the way I had imagined.
The Great Outdoors Spring issue The Spring issue of The Great Outdoors is out now. It's the first issue of the lockdown but was written and produced before this began. I guess it's best now to regard it as inspirational. I wrote a piece on planning for the TGO Challenge in May. That's not taking place now of course but the advice will be useful next year!
Into the Mountain: Garbh Choire Mor This article originally appeared in the excellent anthology 'Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms', edited by Anna Fleming and Merryn Glover. A dished out hollow of snow, sharp, granite scree rising steeply before me, disappearing into a cold grey void.
Friday 3 April - So what's been going on? "The spirit was already aloft, I was pulling on my boots" - W H Murray, Mountaineering in Scotland Well, nothing as far as hills are concerned what with the lockdown and trying to keep ourselves and others safe.
Great British Escapades Noun: an act or incident involving excitement, daring, or adventure. Ever since I was tiny, I've had a fondness for hurling myself in at the deep end. Literally. When I was born my mum was a swimming pool attendant which meant that my formative years were spent around the local pool.
Tent sorting Now, here's a very interesting question. How many 'one person' tents does one person need? 'One' you might think! Some people suggest that you can never have too many tents. Others suggest a formula for working it out. Personally I like to think that 3 is just about the right number.
More desert reminiscences - on this day on the Arizona Trail Twenty years ago on this day I woke after a night under the stars to bird song then spent the day walking through the Superstition Mountains on the Arizona Trail. In my journal I wrote: "a great day, but long and hard…. mainly due to the very rough, rugged terrain, but also the scenery - I spent some time looking and photographing".
Blues Turns To Hope There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in… Anthem by Leonard Cohen. Everywhere, there are stories of helpfulness, unity and creativity. There is light in the dark. There is a crack… I'll always remember this beautiful walk:. The wonderful light.
LA Peste - Camus - review But words like, once again, decimate, which have no emotional context but are purely descriptive, and, importantly, have a strict internal meaning, are the words which are actually more useful in the original than in their decadent usage and thus justify the refusal to accept the corrupt usage.
Wainwright walks 68: Wild out West! Hills: Burnbank Fell, Blake FellClassification: Wainwright When: Sunday 8 MarchWho: Me and the mountaineering minionDistance: About 5 miles at a rough guess.Time: About 3 ½ hours including breaks and faffingWeather: Does 'mediocre' work?
Year five: Ordnance Survey Get Outside Champions 2020 We are both well and still excited to be OS GetOutside Champions again! Although we are passionate about the outdoors, we all need to do that in a very different way for now. For us that's a Blonde mixture of outdoor equipment sorting, vegetable growing and local walking once a day.
Evening Around Me and LTD set off quite late, taking advantage of the fact that some eejit had been fiddling with all the clocks.
269 - Y Gamallt and the Migneint In my last blog post I made the comment that "You're never far from a mountain in Wales". It also has to be said that you're also never far from a bog! Regular hikers in the Peak District and Pennines can rightly lay claim on the blackest, foulest bogs in the UK, but Wales is up there in the 'Bog Top 10'.
Figueroa Mtn Freedom: Violating the COVID-19 Lockdown Order - Jack Elliott's Santa Barbara Adventure Jack is spot on with this post! It's far, far safer being spread out over wide areas in the mountains than it is cramming together on the lanes as I was today - never walked with so many people - and so closely! Not so sure he "is spot on" He has a very heavy political agenda.
Another memory from twenty years ago on the Arizona Trail On this day in 2000 I walked through the splendid White Canyon Wilderness on the Arizona Trail. Again much of the route was cross country following cairns. The views were tremendous and this was one of the most impressive sections of the walk. In the evening I wrote in my journal "fine desert canyon and mountain scenery all day".
Another Shortish Walk: Holy Well and Bitchburn Yet another 5 mile walk to prevent the brain from going completely off the rails. Actually, spending yesterday in the sun in the back garden with LTD snoozing away beside me was no bad thing.
Dog Yoga OK, so we had a day off today. It was lovely and warm in the sun in the back garden today. And it was Merlot Friday, so….Here, Lucky The Dog demonstrates various dogyoga positions which are ideal for the mental health on a warm and sunny spring-like day.
Keeping active at home The Ramblers - Britain’s walking charity working to protect and expand the places people love to walk and promote walking for health and pleasure. Walking information, advice and campaigns, walking news and events, group led walks and an online library of walking routes.
Urban green space… Something lovely is happening… With UK lock down upon us I am pleased to report that here, in my tiny corner of Devon, everybody is taking their responsibilities to society very seriously and practising excellent social distancing. It is very quiet and still, apart from the birds who are having a marvellous spring but I have noticed something rather lovely happening.
Short Doggy Walks From Pietowers #1 and #2 There's something about quiet streets and no aircraft that reminds me of the streets of Earby on a Sunday afternoon in July when most of the town had gone off to Morecambe and Blackpool for a week when all the mills closed down for holiday week.
Far away and twenty years ago: On the Arizona Trail On this day twenty years ago I was on a cross-country section of the Arizona Trail, walking through the desert below Antelope Creek. Part of the day was spent in aptly named Bloodsucker Wash, though the bloodsuckers plants not vampires. In my journal I wrote "slow going picking a way through cactii and spiky catclaw and mesquite bushes.
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