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General Walking Discussion / Brecon Becons in February
« Last post by Vincent82 on 17:24:10, 19/01/19 »

Hello
I'd like to go to Brecon Becons, possibly Pen-Y-Fan or other walks near Storey Arms, the first weekend of February. Do you know if it's ok at that time of the year?  I'd be travelling from London but could wait until last minute to check the weather and book train and hotel.


Thank you in advance
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Long Distance Walks / Re: SPINE RACE 2019
« Last post by tonyk on 17:13:35, 19/01/19 »
 Ekimo Kwakami is showing a bed sign and seems to have been dropped by the pair she was with.She is at the point where you rejoin the border fence before Hut 1.
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Long Distance Walks / Re: SPINE RACE 2019
« Last post by sussamb on 16:48:21, 19/01/19 »
That should give him enough time, hope he makes it.  There are medics at both huts and numerous safety teams up there now so he'll be watched and assessed carefully.
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Long Distance Walks / Re: SPINE RACE 2019
« Last post by richardh1905 on 16:42:09, 19/01/19 »
The 'Lantern Rouge', Satoshu Funakoshi (143), arrived at Byrness at 1315, and they have let him carry on after 1h15 rest - he's now heading up into the Cheviots; a long night ahead. Hopefully he'll dig deep and make it.
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Record Movement of Magnetic North.
« Last post by BuzyG on 16:41:06, 19/01/19 »
Ironically I think one reason I still use my mag compass and have not switched completly over to GPS, is because mag and true are aligned from the UK at present. Makes life easier.
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Long Distance Walks / Re: SPINE RACE 2019
« Last post by sussamb on 15:47:04, 19/01/19 »
Strange, our team leader said there were only advisories there based on how fast folks were moving etc
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Long Distance Walks / Re: SPINE RACE 2019
« Last post by dav on 15:38:34, 19/01/19 »

There is no official cut off time from Byrness as it's not a full checkpoint.
There is actually Sussam. You have to leave Byrness with at least 20 hours left ie: Midday today, Saturday.
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Long Distance Walks / Re: SPINE RACE 2019
« Last post by dav on 15:35:39, 19/01/19 »
Sounds like a new challenge for Slogger........unaccompanied of course. ;)
Not for me as it's just about all tarmac.
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Round here it is usually pheasants that are tired of life and suddenly decide to run out in front off you just as you are passing them.  Why they have to do it I have no idea but despite slowing down as best I can, I have clipped a couple in the last two years.  Unfortunately, both times it was too dangerous to stop to retrieve the body but I expect the foxes and crows appreciated the windfall.
My pet hate in this regard are the people who ignore the 40 limit signs on Dartmoor - no excuse for that and quite a few ponies and sheep are lost each year as a result.
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Record Movement of Magnetic North.
« Last post by ninthace on 14:56:46, 19/01/19 »
When I learned to drive one of HM's war canoes about, magnetic variation and deviation was bread and butter stuff as we still used compasses to get places and to avoid the hard bits (with a bit of help from Messrs Decca and Loran to be fair). Subsequently, in the RAF, when I flew for fun, I followed roads, rivers and railways but occasionally I used a magnetic bearing to find my next waypoint.   The variation correction was usually to throw in a tad of right hand down and fix off the ground I as wasn't allowed to fly in clouds.  Even as a spotty youth, when I started walking and using bearings I knew the theory but in reality it tended to be same principle, let the needle point a tad west of north and use geography to fix.  Nowadays, my compass never comes out and anyway, in the UK, magnetic N and True N are now so close together who cares?
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