I’m really, really, REALLY excited to announce #Challenge446 – my mission to climb every mountain over 2,000ft in England and Wales in just six months. If I make it, it’ll be the fastest ever time (as far as I know) taken to complete the peak-bagging feat. The adventure will involve: climbing 446 mountains – 256 in England and 190 in Wales* walking 1,000+ miles wild camping for 100 nights ascending the height of Everest five times * The geeky mountain bit (!) – the 446 list comes from John and Anne Nuttall’s book “The Mountains of England & Wales”, which...Read More
Bali is a beautiful, friendly, vibrant place with amazing people. I spent two weeks travelling around the Indonesian island last year. I loved it, had a real laugh and loads of hilarious things happened. Here are 5 of the funniest things that occurred during my stay. 1.Playing barefoot beach football with the 10-year-olds in Jimbaran – and NOT scoring 2. Drinking coffee made from civet poo – “Mmm, yummy – is it meant to taste this thick?!” 3. My wife (almost) ditching me for a bike-riding Balinese toyboy 4. Looking up in the jungle and seeing this monster (I hate spiders) 5....Read More
Climbing Mellbreak from Loweswater – a last-minute hiking decision On Friday I had the day off work. I very nearly spent it catching up on household chores, pottering about and relaxing – I’m glad I didn’t. At the last minute, a glimmer of sunshine in the sky tempted me and I decided to head out into the hills. I drove from Cockermouth towards Buttermere with no real plan. Cloud was lingering over the high fells of Grasmoor and Red Pike, so on a whim I changed strategy (again!) and continued towards Loweswater. The imposing pyramid of Mellbreak immediately caught...Read More
Gable Girdle: is this the Lake District’s most adventurous day walk? I originally wrote this feature for Lakeland Walker – check out the magazine here The clue is in the name. Great Gable is unquestionably one of the great Lakeland fells. It is a towering, rugged mass of rock and crags and cliffs. It is captivating to look at – an unbroken, devilish pyramid from the south, the dome of a sleeping, curled-up giant from the north. It is a mountain that captures the imagination and fuels passions; a place that demands respect and admiration, and gets it in spades. Alfred...Read More
This is a random story I stumbled across while researching local history. It focuses on Carrock Mine (see photo above), which is located at Grainsgill Beck, near the village of Mosedale and a short distance from Carrock Fell in the North Lakes. I found it hilarious (and fascinating) so I thought I’d share it on my blog… German “spy” mix-up in the fells In 1917, amidst the grip of German spy mania, a geologist was sent by the Geological Survey to explore Carrock Mine for further tungsten – a rare metal that was used in armaments manufacture (aka vital to...Read More
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