Crookstone Knoll – July 2020

A friend of mine (aka Webby) phoned me a while ago looking for some advice as he wanted to start wild camping. After a chat covering the usual sorts of questions such as where to go and what kit you need, he went away to buy some gear. Fast forward to last week we’d arranged to get out Friday evening after work for is first wild camp adventure! Kit packed and laptop lid slammed shut, we headed up to the Peaks. The only plan was to camp somewhere on Kinder, given time was fairly limited we opted to park in …

Fairbrook Naze – July 2020

Finally the lockdown eases and some sort of normality resumes…. This being the first trip since the chaos unfolded and only a couple of weeks into the relaxation of the lockdown, I was in two minds about heading out into the hills or not. Part of me just wanted to get back to normality and start enjoying adventure once again. The other part of me was nervous about how busy it would be, the reception of visiting the tourist hotspots, the perceived necessity, potential additional load on emergency services and perhaps the risk of highlighting the delicate subject of wild …

Seal Stones – January 2020

2019 proved to be a tricky year, redundancy and starting a new job, twice, isn’t for the faint hearted nor does it inspire adventure. So 2020 is going to be a year to correct the balance, adventure is at the top of the list. So to kick things off for 2020, Dan, Dave and I met up at the Nags Head in Edale on Saturday 4th January. We set off from the pub slightly later than we would have liked, and not for the usual reasons, I’m on a dry January so for once I’m not to blame. No, it …

Swines Back – August 2019

Yet again I’ve neglected to write this up for 6 months, thankfully there isn’t much to say other than, it was a pleasant wonder up to Swines Back from The Sportsman Inn. 31 August 2019 I met Dan, Bryn (numba1) and Audrey at The Sportsman Inn near Hayfield. After a few beers, arguably too many beers, we headed up onto Kinder for a one nighter in Dan’s huge Locus Gear Soris. As it was getting late (too many beers in the pub) Dan made a dash for Swines Back as Bryn, Audrey and I plodded up the hill soaking in …

TGO Challenge 2020 – Route

So our route has been submitted for vetting, we’ve received our feedback and responded to the requested changes and now we wait for the final approval. The comments we received were, as always, very helpful and extremely detailed. Only a couple of minor tweaks and one FWA (Foul Weather Alternative) to amend. Update: We now have approval, the vetters are happy and rubber stamped our route! Our group consists of Pete (my brother), Dean (DeanRead.net, PeakRoutes.com), Tim and Andy (I met both on 2017 TGO). We’re starting at Mallaig and finishing at Lunan Bay, approx 300km. The first day we …

Lake District – May 2019

I should have written this ages ago, now it’s just a vague memory, so only a short summary of what I can recall. My brother Pete and I set off on the morning of Friday 24th May 2019 from Derbyshire for a 3 day trip in the Lakes. Arriving at sunny New Dungeon Ghyll Inn around early afternoon we parked up in te field opposite and went in for a pint. We didn’t have a route planned as such, just a rough idea sketched out and a few camp locations penciled in. While we worked on our plan of attack …