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Walking, backpacking, trekking & camping
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A Wanderer's Guide To Winter. A brilliant infographic. Created by Mountain Rescue, funded by Varta the battery boys and girls. A nice colourful checklist. Erm except for the torch. Why is it trendy to have a black torch? If yours is black wrap a bit of white PVC tape around it. Help you find it in your sack, in the dark. Applause to MRE and Varta though.
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I don't know whether to laugh or cry. We've known the curlew has been in danger for over a decade. It was even publicly declared so in 2007. So I guess I'm glad someone is taking a serious initiative. Fair play and full marks to all those involved.
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If you are new to hill-walking or just hill-walking in Great Britain, the British Ordnance Survey blog "Get Outside" introduces 5 "great British walking destinations". Bound to have you thinking about your holidays...
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The best way to learn anything, is through discovery. Having said that I'm very slow on getting something written about using a compass. So in the meantime, here's a tutorial from the OSGB
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I'm trying hard to think of a link and not succeeding. Pay inequality means that women are now effectively working for free until the new year. That includes all those women working in the industries that support our hobbies in the outdoors. And I'm failing to link that to this.... a web site for women's walking holidays. Go take a look anyway....
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Take a short bus or taxi ride from Newcastle strand to Clough (pronounced "Clock" - NOT "Cluff") for this delightful walk through enigmatic Northern Ireland countryside strewn on all sides with symbols of natural and human heritage. Like confetti at a wedding...
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If you're not getting a kick out of your map reading, and you still think it's a chore. Maybe you should read this post of mine...
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Time to take lessons on ice-scudding from a duck
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Good to see this new section of English coast path now open. I recall walking it several times about 30 years or so ago. I especially enjoyed it one winter. But conditions were quite severe and I recall a resident in Caister, living close by the beach, let me pitch tent in their garden. But that whole section around East Anglia and into The Wash is a delightful area. Plenty of campsites and other accommodation. And opportunity for engaging day walks.
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OK... I wrote this review. And yes that is me cooking up a late lunch on the steeper parts of Rocky Mountain in the Mourne Mountains. (Yes I am off the summit to hide from the wind). And yes... it's a wood-burning-camping-stove. That day was the day I learned that dead and dried erica tetralix (heather to you and me) is an amazingly efficient fuel. I cooked up a whole pot of soup on just a handful with no danger of setting alight to the environment. Read the reviews. The Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove is a great backpacking and day walking companion.
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