Lonewalker Blog

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Blogging on the move

I’m in the process of justifying to myself the purchase of an iPhone mainly for mobile updates to the diary and mobile email. I have a BlackBerry for work use but it’s very clumsy as a browser and not great for personal email. I have borrowed my sons iPod Touch...

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2008 Walking Round-up

It feels like an awful long time since I entered anything into my diary, in fact it’s been over a month, which I suppose is a long time. Unfortunately the muse has not been on me and I’ve just not felt like recording anything – neither my weekly walks or...

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City Walking

Not the most appealing of titles for a walking site, but often we are forced to traverse cities, either to get to the start of a walk, or in this particular case, to get through one. I am still planning my LEJOG walk and not in a very structured way...

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Project Wainwright 2007 – Update

Early last year I began ‘Project Wainwright’, which was my way of officially beginning the collection of all 214 Lakeland fells classified by Alfred Wainwright. This is a bagging list that many thousands of people are probably working through and many more thousands have already finished. In fact I’ve met...

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New kit purchase #3

This item of kit is actually my Christmas present from my wife; but I went out and bought it myself and she just gave me the money – which may not sound very romantic, but it beats the hell out of opening another set of walking poles and chunky socks...

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New kit purchase #2

Like my Sealskinz gloves, mentioned in a previous post, this kit purchase was also based on recommendations from readers of the blog who commented on a previous post. Thanks must go to Robin Evans, Gayle and John Hee for taking the time to help. I have been looking for a...

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New kit purchase #1

Apparently it’s almost Christmas, a point in the year which seems to be getting earlier and earlier. Our town council had the bloody lights up on 13th October! In a couple of years I can see them not bothering to take them down, just leave them up and enjoy that...

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LEJOG Planning Frenzy

Sunday was an awful day,weather wise and I had an itchy mouse-finger, so I gave him some exercise in Memory Map – I began planning the South West England section of end-to-end walk. Before Sunday planning had been very tentative. I have a rough route sketched out and a single...

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Post Walk.. (what’s the opposite of Blues?)

There’s something incredibly satisfying sitting down to write a walk report, with the wind and rain rattling against the window, feet throbbing gently under the desk and calf muscles slowly loosening themselves back to their usual butter-like consistency. It’s even more satisfying to know that you beat the weather as...

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Waterproof? Really?

I’ve spent two out of the last three weekends walking in torrential rain and driving wind that seems to have tested the limits of my supposedly waterproof outer layers; both upper and lower, but the most disappointing waterproof item I have is/are my gloves. My Rab Bergen overtrousers are less...

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Lost on Buachaille Etive Mor

I mentioned in a previous post how much it hurts to lose a piece of equipment you’ve had for a long time and which has repaid its initial outlay many times over. I don’t mean lost in the sense that it’s under the stairs somewhere in that miniature black hole...

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Scotland Walking Weekend

With some reasonable weather predicted for central Scotland at the weekend, I took a quick trip up in the car to bag a couple of hills on my “to-do” list. On the Saturday I walked up Schiehallion… … and on the Sunday I tackled Stob Dearg, one of the Munros...