On Saturday 7th May, I will be walking 40km (the furthest distance I have ever walked in a single day) across the South Downs in aid of MS Research, a dedicated Multiple Sclerosis (MS) charity committed to research that will make a real difference to those who have MS and those who share their lives.
Here is my pick of my favourite outdoor-related posts from week beginning 11 April 2011.
Much to the annoyance of my local post office (I have parcels delivered there as I cannot hear the doorbell from my garden office!), I have had a few deliveries of new kit over the last few days.
As a kid I used to attend an annual cadet camp in Devon as a cadet leader (the main influence on my present day outdoor interests). The aim of the week was to get the younger kids through part of their Duke of Edinburgh, so there were class room based map exercises, an accompanied hike and camp on Exmoor, a night military navigation exercise (the highlight – think flares, finding contacts on dunes and ex-army personnel ‘hunting’ you!) and the main DofE hike and camp (usually along the coast). During the main walk the cadet leaders, who already had their DofE awards, had to be kept busy, so we usually ended up on Dartmoor. I have fond memories of bogs, magnetic rocks upsetting the compasses and getting lost in the fog (I knew where we were but no one listened!) – all these memories came flooding back yesterday after spending a few happy hours in the local pub with my Dartmoor OS map (OL28) planning some routes for this weekend.
Running a little later than usual this week (and shorter), but here is my pick of my favourite outdoor-related posts from week beginning 4 April 2011.
Hiking boots or walking shoes? Until recently I would have said hiking boots – I have a pair of much loved Brasher Supalite II GTX boots, which I wear on most hikes. I also have an old pair of North Face waterproof shoes (now less waterproof) but, while they were convenient for dog walks, I found my ankles were left aching when I used them for longer distances. So what has changed? Well, I was recently sent a pair of Keen Targee II walking shoes to review by Webtogs, and over the last 100 miles I have learnt to love them!
Here is my pick of my favourite outdoor-related posts from week beginning 28 March 2011.
Whilst there are very few parts of the UK far from civilisation, I still think it is a very good idea to carry a basic first aid kit with you when out hiking. Not only does having a first aid kit mean that you can provide basic aid if a serious accident occurs (like stopping / reducing bleeding etc) whilst you wait for the emergency services, it also means you can handle more minor injuries like strapping up a twisted ankle, or treating cuts and grazes.
I have recently put together a new first aid kit, and as a few people seemed interested, I thought I would do a brief write up of the process.