Recently I have been reading more and more outdoor-related blogs, and have come across a number of really enjoyable posts. This got me thinking that it might be useful to share some of what I have read, so each week I will be picking out my favourite blog posts to share with you!
As this is a new feature, I am cheating slightly by including a couple of posts that I read previous to this week…. (but you forgive me right!)
The Lightweight Outdoors Guide to Layering
When I was younger, I was told about the basics of layer – have lots of thin layers you can take off or put on! Since then, I have refined my approach slightly, but it is still pretty basic – I tend to walk with a base layer, a walking top, a thin fleece and a water proof jacket, and switch around accordingly.
In this post, Phil has a video demonstrating his modular layering system (designed for rain soaked Scotland) – I found it really interesting and it really got me thinking about how I can improve the system I use (and perhaps more importantly the kit I have).
You can read the post at: http://lightweightoutdoors.com/?p=1811 (the video is embedded below)
Many Trees Make A Forest
Blog: Hiking In Finland | Published: 3rd Feb 2011 | On Twitter: ?
A beautiful description of the joys of trees, forests and woods (at a time when the UK government is looking at selling off publicly owned forests).
You can read the post at: http://www.hikinginfinland.com/2011/02/many-trees-make-forest.html?m=0
Dear Barry Took
In this post, Petesy is having a moan about weather services, but in the process gives a pretty good summary of what mountain weather information is available online (and their short comings). Bearing in mind I have only recently discovered MetCheck, I found the information useful!
You can read the post at: http://www.petesy.co.uk/dear-barry-took/
Snowshoeing overnighter and Social Hiking test
Purely selfish reasons for picking this one, but it is great to see a Social Hiking map embedded into a blog post to allow people to share your progress live.
You can read the post at: http://backpackingnorth.blogspot.com/2011/02/snowshoeing-overnighter-and-social.html
Walking improves your memory
This post gives a summary of the results from a scientific experiment carried out which demonstrates that walking improves memory for older adults. Great news for all hikers!
You can read the post at: http://mindblog.dericbownds.net/2011/02/walking-improves-your-memory.html
Here are a few other posts worth reading: