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Long Distance Walks / Re: The Spine Race2018 - List of competitors
« Last post by harland on Today at 17:06:13 »
Bacon and lentil soup (almost as bad as curry) and mince and mash. + veggie versions of both.
At least, for them, haven't got far to go afterwards given a fair wind!
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Bacon and lentil soup (almost as bad as curry) and mince and mash. + veggie versions of both. 
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Long Distance Walks / Re: The Spine Race2018 - List of competitors
« Last post by harland on Today at 16:53:25 »
Wakey Wakey Eoin you`ve got company
What delights have you got for them to eat this year, I can't believe that Pav was eating curry at one of the previous stops - whilst I love curry I don't eat it when I am walking in case....!
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Long Distance Walks / Re: The Spine Race2018 - List of competitors
« Last post by sussamb on Today at 16:41:24 »
Tom Hollins is still in with a shout I reckon, he was strong at the end last year  O0
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Wakey Wakey Eoin you`ve got company
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Personal security whilst hiking.
« Last post by jimbob on Today at 16:28:28 »
When I did the Camino I was looking for a prepaid card in Euros, as I had been told they were easily available. I drew a blank then, yes they were available but at a cost. I ended up asking my bank if they could keep an eye on my card whilst I was in Europe and they said they like it when people warn them that their spending would change drastically like that. I also informed them that I would always use my PIN so not to accept anything from France/Spain without PIN. Forward booking was done through a booking agency on the web, and paid via PayPal.

Does anyone know of any cheap ( i.e. free) prepaid cards?
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Personal security whilst hiking.
« Last post by pauldawes on Today at 16:27:07 »
One of my friends spent a fair amount of his working life as a risk manager.


He keeps two cards, one with a low limit (about 500 quid) for internet and telephone purchases and second for PIN authorised withdrawals. In theory the second one never leaves his sight...never allow it to be taken away by a waiter in a restaurant, for example. Easier said than done in some restaurants abroad.
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Welcome / Re: Walking in a group?
« Last post by Edgarr on Today at 16:19:31 »
Thanks to everyone for all of your responses. I can honestly say I'm split down the middle! The consensus seems to be that group walking can be mildly irritating but potentially rewarding if you can get past the chatter. Also, it depends on the group - there may be huge differences between groups, so it might be an idea to try all of the groups in my area before I come to a decision about officially joining one.


Or maybe I'll just keep walking on my own and relish the peace and quiet  ;)
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I never take my debit or bank cards out into the hills, or out for a long walk.
Unless your out on a real adventure, lasting several day's, when you may need access to your bank account, then its best to take a small amount of cash, or sufficient money to cover your needed expenditures.
You lose the cash, and it upsets you for a while, but you eventually get over it.
Lose your bank cards, ie wallet, full of all those important bit and pieces, and  without realising it, you can be down by a significant amount.
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Gear / Re: Sleeping Bag (4 Season down to -10 degrees)
« Last post by Owen on Today at 16:06:28 »
Peru is a fantastic place you'll love it. However in the mountains it does get very cold at night. On one of our trips my brother just used two regular three season bags one inside the other. Never used them but I've heard good things about Alpkit bags, and their quite cheap.
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