Lonewalker Blog

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Wild Camping

I write this lying in my tent on my first wild camp. Its currently 7.33pm on Thursday 5th April and I couldn’t have asked for better weather to lose my camping cherry with, the sun has shone on me all afternoon and the wind has been fairly mild. I have...

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Walk Report: Wharfedale Day 2

Date: 6th Apr 2007 Stats: 11.0 miles, 500 feet Weather: Blue skies, warm, no wind, no rain Trig Points: 3: TP4020 – Horse Head, TP3179 – Firth Fell, TP4811 – Middlesmoor Pasture Fells: 1: Horse Head Moor Other Info: Overnight parking in Kettlewell, using 2 tickets from the P&D machine...

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Walk Report: Wharfedale Day 1

Date: 5th Apr 2007 Stats: 9.0 miles, 1600 feet Weather: Blue skies, warm, no wind, no rain Trig Points: 0 Fells: 0 Other Info: Overnight parking in Kettlewell, using 2 tickets from the P&D machine Summary: Kettlewell, Dales Way to Buckden, Hubberholme, Yockenthwaite, Beckermonds, Eller Car Moss Key to symbols:...

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On-line Outdoor Retailers

A short entry, I just wanted to jot down a few thoughts about online retailers, especially the “outdoor” ones. In my experience, there are three categories of these; great, awful and indifferent. The vast majority fall into the indifferent category of course, neither providing an outstanding service, nor doing anything...

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Nothing worse than dog shit?

In some respects, I’m very fortunate in where I live, although I’m in the middle of the Cheshire plain with hardly a hill for miles around, I have a load of local dog walks on my doorstep. Two minutes walk from my house and I can be walking along the...

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Walk Report: Gunnerside

Date: 17th Mar 2007 Location: Yorkshire Dales Distance: 12.0 miles Ascent: 2000 feet Time: 4 hrs 10 mins Weather: Starting cloudy and cool, clearing and warming as the day progressed Trig Points: 0: Wainwrights: 0: Walking with: Alone Access details: Free parking at Surrender Bridge Walk summary: Surrender Bridge, Old...

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Bits & Bob’s

No, thats not a punctuation error in the title of this entry, its a pun, which you may spot if you read on a bit further. My kit list is looking remarkably complete, albeit virtually. I have kit on back order that still hasn’t been delivered, which is very frustrating,...

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The Quest for the Holy Gra…. er… Rucksack

I am heartily sick of looking for a rucksack now, I am in danger of just saying “bollocks to it” and buying the next one I see. But I have steeled myself to the task in hand and will not waver in the face of overwhelming odds 🙂 My shortlist...

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The Stove

The stove selection process was even easier than that of the sleeping bag. I know nothing about camping stoves – nothing at all. Therefore I have no idea what to look for, no preconceived ideas of what to expect, no baggage at all in the “I quite fancy…” department. As...

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The Sleeping Bag selection

Selecting my sleeping bag was probably one of the easier kit selections I had to make for this backpacking equipment. It certainly had the shortest shortlist in my notebook. I decided quite early on that I wasn’t going to be able to afford a good down bag and besides, I...