As you can see my names syd, live in derbyshire so most of my walks are in the peak district(though for some reason I forgot about the 80th anniversary events last weekend).
I've been walking since I was a todler, I absolutly love the outdoors, that much in fact I'm currently re tading from dreary office work to forestry and conservation. As well as beingactivly involved in scouting since I was ten years old, some 20 odd years ago(I'm hoping to get my MLTE ML Quals through them in time for the next "Peak" event in 2015)
Kit wise I normally use
Paramo Alta 2 Jacket & Taiga Fleece, seal skinz waterproof beanie & gloves, karrimor trousers, HH Base layers, Bridgedale endurance trekker socks, Magnum classic boots, Osprey Atmos 50 pack and hydration bladder, Jetboil PCS, leki poles, assorted bits & bobs I've picked up over the years,and I'm a big fan of the OS Active/ Lamfold et allaminated maps.
I normally carry a full emergency kit with bits like 10 person F/A kit, survival bag, Mora knife etc and all the bits you'd expect.
Welcome to the monkey house.
I took a dozen Eplorers over Kinder in abyssmal fog last summer. Other groups kept running in from stage left, waving maps, wide eyed and panicked, exiting stage right only to cross our path 20 mins later. We followed the gullys and looked smug. I was a bit swan like - in so far as looking calm outwardly but crapping myself below the surface. All went perfectly I'm glad to say. I'll bet you know exactly what I'm talking about!
Hope to take the missus on a few of those walks in summer.
Hi Grumps. To be honest, I've only had times like that when I've been out with adult mates, normally because they cant read maps and keep pestering me on where we are.
When I'm out with the scouts I'm normally content to let them navigate (even if I "guide" their choices) knowing that if/when they make a mistake they'll learn from it, and that I can deal with any eventuality that may arise.
I recently got a subscription to one of the walking mags that had a free gps offer, so even If I get completly lost I can boot it up and have the correct grid ref within a few mins, it takes a lot of the presure off, wether I'm alone, with a group or scouts.
Welcome to OM
NickNick wrote (see)
Wot Nick said
Hey up Syd, i live in Sheffield so we share the same stomping ground.
Welcome to OM.
Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - http://pecsaetan.weebly.com/
Your kit list seems to have omitted flowery shirts. Was this just an oversight?
Hi Syd, welcome to OM.
I'm also in Derbyshire. Was daft enough to go here yesterday
Salmon Shirted Panther wrote (see)
Your kit list seems to have omitted flowery shirts...
Do you like pink, Syd? If so, you should see SSP's pictures
Milly. wrote (see)
Was daft enough to go here yesterday
And she wasn't the only meteorological masochistic OM-er
Monday night I walked from ripley to chesterfield along the A61 in similar weather, and that was fun. Infact I'd probably do it again if I take a pair of boots and decent walking gear with me, being in smart office cloths was a bit of a pain in the bum, but other wise it was quite enjoyable.
Not sure if that makes me a metoralogical mesagonist or just plumb anti social.
I dont own any flowery shirts, Pink or otherwise, I think I may have to address that oversight at some point, or maybe not. I havent really thought about them for some time, well since the last time I wore a pair of bamuda shorts.
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