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General Walking Discussion / Re: I was so cold last night!
« Last post by ninthace on Today at 19:00:13 »
[size=0px]You wouldn't have caught AW dossing down in a field![/size]
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I remember a programme where AW said that rather than head back to base and start again the next day he wrapped up in his coat and slept in the heather.
Even if that is true it does not mean he ever did, let alone that he ever chose it as a preferred strategy.  Read A Pennine Journey and you will get a measure of the man. He attitude to his hosts does not come across well by modern standards.  Moreover - he binned the walk because of bad weather.
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General Walking Discussion / Re: I was so cold last night!
« Last post by Slowcoach on Today at 18:38:30 »
[size=0px]You wouldn't have caught AW dossing down in a field![/size]
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News and Articles / Re: Foulshaw Moss Ospreys are back (webcam)
« Last post by harland on Today at 18:35:32 »
Whilst I am not 100% certain I think I just saw a 3rd egg.
Definately 3 eggs.
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General Walking Discussion / Re: I was so cold last night!
« Last post by richardh1905 on Today at 18:17:55 »
If you do buy some good new kit, and then decide to give up on walking in a year or two's time, you will be able to sell it and probably recoup the majority of its value, as long as it is still in good nick.
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Why do people do this?
« Last post by Perranwell on Today at 16:54:55 »
Last year I visited Goss Moor in Cornwall for the first time. It's a wonderful leisure area now, with lots of footpaths and designated cycling trails. But there's a problem with motorbikes. Signs clearly ban them.


Sometimes you walk along very narrow scrub-woodland paths and have to work your way past a little herd of amiable wild ponies. You can see motorbike tracks, and I can't imagine the effect of a motorbike coming through there on the ponies--not to mention the degradation of the footpaths.


I came upon a father and his two sons hand pushing their motorbikes up a steep broken path. The guy said to me, "The path seems to have been washed away". I said, "No, it's been destroyed by motorbikes".


Why do people do this? I can't get my head round it. Yes, it's mainly kids--but here was a father encouraging it. Some parts of the area have been reduced to a scrambling wasteland. How can they do this to such a beautiful place?
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Gear / Re: It seemed a good idea at the time!
« Last post by Perranwell on Today at 16:26:03 »
When I went hiking in Italy, I brought an ultra-lightweight cheapo tent from the Army & Navy stores, thinking it would do for the conditions. About 5 nights in, the most violent thunder-and-rain storm I've ever experienced smashed the flimsy item away from over me, after which I huddled besodden till dawn in the cleft of a tree.

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A few years ago I bought a rain cape, planning for it to double as a groundsheet. The blasted thing flapped like a sail going round Cape Horn, so was useless for anything below the waist. On top of which, within 5 minutes it caused intolerable condensation issues. I'd've assumed all that flapping would at least aereate it, but no. A horrible thing that went in the bin after the first couple of rainstorms. I'd rather get rained on.

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Walking in Scotland, we pitched on some nice grass near the pier at Toscaig, ready to catch the Kyle of Lochalsh ferry the following morning. Sometime during the night we felt water coming into the tent; and when we looked out we saw that the waters had risen around us. Don't know if it was some kind of neap tide, but it was totally silent. Lesson learned--always give the sea a generous berth these days.
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Gear / Re: It seemed a good idea at the time!
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 14:48:30 »
Thanks for that, I didn't realise there were different sizes of mesh. I was planning to order this afternoon, I'll now have a more detailed look at what's on offer. I bet 'midge proof' is more expensive!
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General Walking Discussion / Re: I was so cold last night!
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 14:45:32 »
I mention my experience because as I said a new experience for me. The only comparable 'feeling so cold' was when I once tried to sleep in my car in 2018. I've felt for some time that my quilt has been losing its heat-retaining qualities which is why I've adapted by using my anorak, this is the one time it failed. I have never experienced cold through my NeoAir before definitely a new experience, I've had this a few years now.

I can adapt again, I've resisted using my Rab Alpine down jacket (I might give that a go while the weather is stable) and I've still got my backup down blanket, which was made for me recently by my wife's friend. If I carry both it's all extra weight, but not much. I might just go back to the same spot and try again tonight?

I'm loath to buy anything new, as I'm just not sure how long I can still hike for? This year yes, but next year, I just don't know, I think I'll wait until this Autumn before splashing out any real money again.

That's what I like about hiking and camping, there's always something new to think about.

I'm glad I've experienced this now, better than when I'm on an actual hike. After I got home this morning I was out again in a couple of hours to complete my 99 runs in 99 days, only ONE more to go! YES!!!
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Charity walks in 2021
« Last post by WhitstableDave on Today at 14:34:12 »
I'm contemplating the Lands End to John O'Groats virtual challenge, which starts May 2nd and is a year-long challenge. Considering I'm just getting back into things this is just perfect for me, it will spur me on, but I'm unlikely to get overwhelmed by having to complete it in a short time.

That one looks very tempting...  (https://www.theconqueror.events/lejog/) ...and the medal looks great!  O0

I'd probably enter (for the medal!), except that I already do lots of syncing of activities and copying data and I'm not keen to add any more. I'd certainly be interested to hear how you get on though if you decide to do it.  :)
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Charity walks in 2021
« Last post by DevonMaid on Today at 14:16:49 »
I'm contemplating the Lands End to John O'Groats virtual challenge, which starts May 2nd and is a year-long challenge. Considering I'm just getting back into things this is just perfect for me, it will spur me on, but I'm unlikely to get overwhelmed by having to complete it in a short time.
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