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Long Distance Walks / Re: Mileage 2018
« Last post by fit old bird on Today at 17:37:40 »

Nearly made your thousand, Ilona!

It's creeping up, I should make it. Not done as many longer walks this year, so most of mine is three miles around my village. Some walking to town, 5 miles, and bus back, some within a ten mile radius of where I live. I log my miles every day on the calendar.

This is my third year of doing this challenge, three years older and I sometimes have to make myself get up off my bum and go and do it. Do I carry on for another year? Probably will because I don't want to deteriorate into a couch potato with all kinds of ailments. I see people of a similar age shuffling back and forth to the doctors surgery, people driving there and hobbling from the car to the door. The only time I have to go is to get batteries for my hearing aid. 

I've had one or two over the last few years. I was walking along a flat gravelly and sandy path, on my way to Florac on the GR70, fence on my right hand side, raging rocky river on my left. Suddenly the footpath just crumbled away from under me. I have no idea to this day how I managed to grab a clump of brambles before I fell into the river, but I did and I managed to pull myself onto the path again. I was so scared and shocked I just lay there and could hardly move for some minutes! My hands were cut badly and they were painful for a couple of days but I survived!

Whilst walking towards Champex on the Tour du Mont Blanc I crossed over the top of the Fenetre d'Arpette and whilst descending over some large boulders, in an instant I slipped and luckily fell backwards, my rucksack cushioned my fall (I could have I think broken my back?) but I was only bruised and shocked. I just hit the deck and then fell and rolled to one side. If I had fallen forwards I'd be no more!

The first time I walked from Kirk Yetholm it was blistering hot and I ran out of water well before I got to Byrness! So scary, my throat was like a rasp, my thirst was overwhelming,  a very scary period of time! Since then I've always made sure my water supply amount is more than good enough!

On odd occasions I've also had irrational thoughts as well, especially when crossing large boulder areas. Going up or down hasn't worried me particularly, its the horizontal crossings that starts me thinking, what if it all moved and I become part of an avalanche?
News and Articles / Re: National Geographic Film - Free Solo
« Last post by richardh1905 on Today at 16:45:26 »

My heart was in my mouth just watching the trailer! What an achievement.

But soooo risky, just one mistake or broken hold away from certain death.
Long Distance Walks / Re: Mileage 2018
« Last post by richardh1905 on Today at 16:40:12 »

Nearly made your thousand, Ilona!
Gear / Re: Wild Country Helm tent
« Last post by jimbob on Today at 15:55:50 »
Thanks Richard
General Walking Discussion / Re: SNOW ?
« Last post by Slowcoach on Today at 15:40:59 »
Richrdh. Thanks, that was the best video i have watched about ice axe arrest. I have watched a lot but really fancy having a go.
Been up Sugarloaf today. It was a bit windy  :o
Gear / Re: Wild Country Helm tent
« Last post by richardh1905 on Today at 15:15:46 »
Can you get spare poles?
FIbre glass poles spilt , and snap easily then it's a  problem getting them replaced. I know you've got this problem with one of your existing  tents.

The Helm 1 and 2 use 8.5mm alloy poles. Virtually indestructible, and Wild Country/Terra Nova would be able to provide spares, I'm sure.

I've got an elderly Wild Country Trisar tent - wonderful bit of kit that has withstood some fierce weather over the course of almost 3 decades. Wild Country build them to last!
General Walking Discussion / Re: SNOW ?
« Last post by richardh1905 on Today at 15:08:36 »
I am planning to take a winter skills course in the Helvellyn. Have any of you been on one?

You might be interested in the winter skills videos published online by Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms, Slowcoach.

Here's one for starters:

Enjoy your course!

News and Articles / Re: National Geographic Film - Free Solo
« Last post by redeye on Today at 11:05:15 »
He appeared on the one show last week. Hell, and I thought waking across crib goch was an adrenalin rush 😮. Just watched this
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