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Gear / Re: Buying gear from Amazon
« Last post by zuludog on Today at 12:54:30 »
several months ago I bought a couple of (non-outdoor) items off Amazon; and yes, when I got my credit card statement I found I had inadvertently signed up for Prime
I worked through their website and cancelled it, but I couldn't be bothered to reclaim the 7-99.
It has, however, taught me to be aware of such things in future

they might not be illegal, but they are definitely sharp practice
Perhaps the recent shake up of online purchasing will improve things - but then, they will always find a way
Welcome / Re: Walking shoes
« Last post by Jac on Today at 12:49:23 »
I have a pair of Inov8 Roclite 286GTX which have proved fantastic for me - very lightweight, very flexible, (I like to feel the terrain beneath my feet) soles very good non-slip, GTX not as waterproof as leather +GTX. Looking tatty now but have been on some rough trails - Tatra mountains, Dartmoor, Pembrokeshire & SW coastpaths, volcanic El Hierro - 
However, this model seems to have been discontinued to be replaced by 320GTX or 325GTX. Slightly heavier though still half the weight of my 'proper' leather boots.
General Walking Discussion / Difficulty Eating on Long Walks
« Last post by bigalxyz on Today at 11:17:04 »
Hello forum,

I do some long hikes from time to time. Did exactly that yesterday with a friend of mine.

I have an odd problem...when on a long walk, I rarely eat a thing. No hunger at all, and the thought of eating makes me feel slightly queasy. Once the walk is over and I've had a bit of a rest, however, I shovel food in like Homer Simpson.

Happened that way yesterday. Walked 15 miles with some stiff climbs, on nothing more than a cheese sandwich and a cup of coffee before we set off. Got to the end of the walk and started to feel very peculiar - very shaky, a bit faint, cold, irritable. Suddenly very hungry and scoffed a big portion of fish & chips in no time at all. Started to feel better after that. Fine now.

My friend told me off, said it's important to have something to eat on a long walk. I dare say he's right, but I'm puzzled as to why I have no interest in food if my body is in need of it. I suppose by the end of the walk, my blood sugar levels were all over the place. Probably very low.

Would be grateful for any comments/advice. Tempted to try to force something down in future when on a long walk, even if it's just a handful of nuts from time to time.


Lake District / Re: VR - Wild camp on Wrynose Fell Sat 19 May 18
« Last post by pleb on Today at 10:24:45 »
It's not thurr its...........oh never mind.
I am SHOCKED that u didnt watch my twin get married to that American lass................thats treason  :o :o :o
Er, like I was glued to it  ;D
Gear / Re: Buying gear from Amazon
« Last post by Ridge on Today at 10:17:38 »
Amazon are very crafty operators but probably no more so than most. You just need to be careful what delivery you choose as they use this of a way of signing you up to Prime.
Gear / Buying gear from Amazon
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 10:12:33 »
I do buy items from Amazon now and again. The last time I bought something was on April 25th. Today, whilst looking at our bank statement Amazon has taken 7.99 out of my account because it claims that I have signed up for Prime. I do not remember doing so, how has this happened? Did I at some point sign up for Prime? I am normally very, very, careful with this company because I think they are a very crafty operator. I do not want Prime so how has this happened? If its not me they must have done it without my permission? If it is them, how have they done it, does this mean they can do what they like with my finances (and yours?) and we may never know a thing about it until I check my statement? I find it all very spooky and potentially dangerous.

I went on line, scrolled down to the Prime section and lo and behold, the screen details told me that I had 'signed up' to Prime? I immediately cancelled it, carefully going through the obstacles put on screen to deter me and to change my mind about it. I fully cancelled!

The within 2 mins I received an email saying that Amazon will reimburse me 7.99 within 7 working days. Has anything like this ever happened to anyone else? It all seems very dodgy practice. Amazon I'm sure will have their answer but dare I trust them again?

Something like this happened to me before when I bought tyres and a 'tyre insurance' cost was added to my bill without me being told about it. I phoned the company and they immeadiatly refunded me, no questions asked. My brother in law experienced the same problem when he purchased a virus checker from PC world. He queried it and he too was immeadiatly refunded. I suspect a lot of customers wouldn't bother so these companies would have made a packet anyway! Is Amazon trying the same trick? I'm going to be refunded but I suspect a lot of people will not bother and just pay up.
Welcome / Re: Walking shoes
« Last post by zuludog on Today at 09:41:50 »

The obvious answer to your problem is to scour the usual outdoor shops & websites, but also look round more general sports shops
You could consider trail shoes and fell running shoes.
See if these can help you -    and

Altberg have a wider range of widths than most stockists, and can do special fittings
Welcome / Walking shoes
« Last post by Jcraigharvey on Today at 09:30:08 »
I love walking but have osteoarthritis in my ankles. I want to keep mobile for as long as possible. So I am looking for ultra lightweight, narrow size, very flexible walking shoes....or boots. If anyone has any recommendations I would be very grateful.
Gear / Re: Making Toast
« Last post by BuzyG on Today at 09:14:49 »
When I was young we lived a caravan roaming life. Toast was an everyday part of our breakfast routine. The men used to make long handled (the handle about 15" long) forks out of wire (could be found anywhere on most farms) with a pair of pliers. A bit crude but they worked. The fork end was nearly as broad as a modern day slice of bread with three prongs. On most days when the weather was in our favour it was us kids that had to make an outside fire, or keep the one made the day going all night. We also had another job, we had to find and cut Y shaped bits of wood (6" to 9" long) to balance the fork handle in.

So the fork end was stabbed through the bread (I can't rember ever having sliced bread when I was young) and by a bit of trial and error the fork was balanced so the bread was directly in front of the flames. In those days we only used butter, magarine was unheard of and families were very much into local jams. When toasted the bread was always covered in soot and smut so we all went through the ritual of scaping it off, most important, the knife did not touch the butter and jam until the scraping had been finished. If we made an error it was a real clip around the ears!

When the weather was bad the toast was made in the caravan, using one of the forks, but this time pressing the bread against the grill of the coal fired stoves that were used then. Breakfast was slower on these days because we could only toast one slice at a time.

Every year we used to go to Cranbrook, Kent, hop picking and so on. If any of you know Cranbrook, there is a steep up and down hill by the windmill. At the bottom of the dip, from the direction of Cranbrook school to the windmill, there used to be a local bakery on the right, (a private house now) they made some fantastic bread. Again it was the kids job, at the crack of dawn or soon after, to run down the road, buy X amount of loaves and run back before the bread became cold.

I have fond memories of toast, butter and large mugs of tea first thing in the morning before we all went off to the fields to work. Thanks 'alan de enfield' for bringing this toast memory to my consciousness again.
Now I'm hungry. O0
General Walking Discussion / Re: Ditching the Car
« Last post by BuzyG on Today at 09:08:17 »
Now that is serious. You had to run.  James May would be horrified ;D
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