A delight of a day. I was a *model* for @paulbesleywriter as he walked, photographed, and took notes on a walk in the Dark Peak for an article for a special interest magazine 😉. The sun shone, and amongst a lot of wildlife, we were privileged to see five mountain hares. Nine hours wandering and nattering and munching cream cakes and a few stops for a nice sit down. And the source of the Derwent too. It was a joy to be entertained by @searchdogscout too. I’d forgotten the restorative qualities of ‘just’ walking. Many thanks to Paul and Scout 🙏
Ok, so when trying to collect all 64 Clarion Rambler annual handbooks that were produced by Sheffield Clarion Ramblers (between 1901 and 1964) it’s important to note that the cost of those pre-1930 is a LOT higher than those post-1930. Gulp ….
‘I know’, i said to myself at 6pm on a Saturday evening whilst absent-mindedly googling my own name and eating a fist size chunk of Swiss cheese……, ‘i’ll put 20kg in a rucksack, and my big boots on, and see if i can dip in under the 30 minute (Mountain Rescue team fitness assessment) cut-off for the 300m / 980ft 1.3km ascent of Win Hill via Parkin Clough from Yorkshire Bridge.
As you do ….
It served to remind me why i never guide this walk with clients. It’s hideous on the way up (see photo !), and borderline dangerous in descent, slippy in the dusty dry, and like a bobsleigh chute in crap weather.
It also served to remind me that i’m not 23 and living in Aldershot anymore.
Good, solid, HONEST advice, backed up with sheds of experience.
The sort of outdooserists that pour scorn on the likes of Decathlon for being shit are the type of outdoorserists that spend nowhere near enough time *actually* outside to justify that opinion.
Over 75% of my outdoor gear (and there’s a LOT of it) comes from eBay.
Buy shit buy twice Have a ‘Swiss Army Knife Mindset’ (multiple use items) Pack in ‘systems’ depending on activity, duration, and weather Remember that 99.9% of the idolised influencers trying to persuade you to buy that thingy were given it for free
Anecdotally – there’s a small outdoor clothing manufacturer near Manchester UK that spent a long time evolving the very best belay jacket ever made. Many a high profile sponsored awesome alpinist bough that jacket (aka the Zeta) with their own money and wore it when the chips really were down in the mountains … but just didn’t let their sponsors see !!
oh, and learn from experience (preferably you’re own) !!