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Gear / Re: Help me lose weight!
« Last post by zuludog on Yesterday at 16:13:32 »
Hello Richard, I just wondered something? Do you wear boots or shoes?


For decades I wore boots on the hills, mainly because I was going over big hills in all weathers, and also because that was the done thing to do


Then fairly recently I was persuaded to try trail shoes. I was doubtful at first, but when I did get a pair the difference and improvement was amazing! - lighter, more comfortable, but still with good grip and no slipping of the shoes on the ground or my feet inside the shoes
Together with some lighter gear I can still enjoy backpacking without being absolutely knackered


I still wear boots in winter or on high hills like the Lake District and Pennine moors, but as most of my walking now is on paths, bridleways, and so on, it's trail shoes every time
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Three levels of walk, approximately 12, 10 and 7 miles offered, with Birmingham Ramblers group leaders. Join us and enjoy a great day of social walking with our friendly members... Reply if you would like to join us or require further information.[/font]
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ďThe Ramblers puts walking at the heart of improving the nationís health. With increasing concerns about the physical and mental health of the nation, it is more important than ever to find solutions that are practical, effective and affordable. With proven benefits for health, walking has the potential to save public money and help ensure that as we live longer, more people are able to enjoy a good later lifeĒ.[/font][/size]
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General Walking Discussion / Re: What do you drink when hot on the trail?
« Last post by ninthace on Yesterday at 15:54:05 »
On the trail we drink water with an electrolyte tablet or 2 in it, either Power Bar or Zero. Replaces salts lost in perspiration and makes the water taste better.


Once done for the day then real ale or proper cider for choice. Mrs N prefers a cup of coffee after a hike.
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Gear / Re: Whistle?
« Last post by ninthace on Yesterday at 15:47:47 »
I carry a WW2 aircrew whistle, complete with Air Ministry crown and part no. It was my fatherís and since he, too, was a keen walker it serves as both alarm and keepsake. It can be heard in the next county, unlike the one built into my rucksack chest strap.
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Gear / Re: Whistle?
« Last post by richardh1905 on Yesterday at 15:32:39 »
I too carry a whistle and thankfully have never had to use it.


And I will continue to do so, as mobile phones cannot be relied upon in the hills, and I go to some pretty remote places.


P.S. To save weight, I've just swapped my metal "acme thunderer" for a plastic whistle that I scavenged from an old lifejacket that was being scrapped; about half the weight.
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Gear / Re: Whistle?
« Last post by adalard on Yesterday at 15:28:02 »
I do carry one.


Specific distress signal aside, I would think you could make a racket with it that might stand out more than just shouting and take less effort. That could still help if the MRT are searching for you.
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Gear / Re: Whistle?
« Last post by gunwharfman on Yesterday at 15:24:42 »
I too carry a whistle but have never used it. I also have a mobile and I also carry a couple of 130db personal alarms as well, one of which I use just to secure my rucksack to my tent overnight.

As a child I also learned how to whistle loudly with two fingers in my mouth and can still do it now.
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Gear / Whistle?
« Last post by jimbob on Yesterday at 14:57:32 »
I always carry a whistle, because, well just because I was told to in the scouts. I have never used said article.
On chatting to some folks on a hike recently they stated they wouldn't recognise the sound of a distress call on a whistle.

You know what I'm not sure I would either, given the background noise and just general lack of awareness on my behalf, I am a total daydreamer when walking.  (Heaven knows the extra miles I've walked past turnings which on trekking back were clearly obvious :o )
So given that I now carry a mobile phone and a GPS to give exact positions to anyone if I was in distress, do I really need to carry a whistle? I probably will continue to do so because they are so insignificant weight wise, and I wouldn't like it to come up in a coroners court that I didn't have one and have people on this or other like forums criticising my stupidity.

So the only reason I see for one is my fear of criticism rather than feeling them to be helpful.
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General Walking Discussion / Re: What do you drink when hot on the trail?
« Last post by jimbob on Yesterday at 14:37:29 »
Wine, Adams wine that is.
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