Right Back Where I Started…

Earlier this evening I had an idea as I stared at my chart of Lake District Fells. I was taking a break from planning my assault on the Cambrian Way and was instead thinking about how I could put together a walk that would be good preparation for that project and which would also help propel me further onwards towards completion of the Wainwrights. Continue reading “Right Back Where I Started…”

Planning my last Nuttall

I’ve now done 150 of the 253 English Nuttalls, meaning they’re 59% complete, and by the corresponding stage in my Wainwright round I’d long had my final fell lined up. Indeed before I was 40% through the Wainwrights, this was clear. So it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about my last Nuttall.  The only reason for doing this is to make sure that I don’t end up finishing on some dreary top that only just scrapes in as a Nuttall on a technicality, and has little to commend it. I’m simply not prepared to just leave it to chance. Continue reading “Planning my last Nuttall”

My “Oriental” Plan takes shape

I’ve spent what little spare time I’ve had in the evenings over the last week staring at the map and my Lake District wallchart, trying to crack the puzzle that is the Far Eastern Fells.  And I think I might finally be getting somewhere… Continue reading “My “Oriental” Plan takes shape”

A Far Eastern Odyssey

All Change

The rain is falling outside, but otherwise all is quiet as I have the house to myself. Soon the family will return from their afternoon out and in a few hours time the long Jubilee weekend will be over, and it will be time to head back to work. And it’s likely to be an intense and busy few weeks. My current client project really gets going in earnest this week and this starts to cast doubt on the feasibility of taking two weeks off at the start of July to do a coast to coast walk. Continue reading “A Far Eastern Odyssey”

Climbing to Scarth Gap

A Day of Judgement

The title’s probably a touch dramatic, but in my post New Year’s zombie-like state of mind, it seemed to do the trick.  Of course, if you believe the Mayans we’ve just had our last New Year’s Eve parties (no loss there really) as the world is due to end sometime this year. Continue reading “A Day of Judgement”


Whilst everyone else is starting the New Year with positive thinking (that is apart from the effects of last night’s drinking), I thought I’d take an opposite tack and talk about failure.

In my walking career I’ve notched up a few failures and whilst I’ve not let them get to me too much, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a desire to expunge them from the record.  So I thought I’d start the year with a good positive post about all my failed ascents – whether down to the weather, the terrain or simply running out of time. Continue reading “Failure”

No longer caring how ridiculous I look

Hey, that went a bit quick!

Ok, I know it’s not the slightest bit original, but I felt the need to write a year-end wrap up of what’s happened this year.  I’ve tried it before in less eventful years, but this year I’m really looking back at a year quite unlike the previous one, and looking forward into next with barely concealed excitement.  But I’m going to keep the over-the-shoulder part short and focus on what’s in front.

The past

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Wainwright Reflections

It’s that time of year when my Lake District walking is over and all I have left to look forward to is next year, and so start gathering my thoughts.  I’ve also been reading “The World of the Wainwright Bagger” by Chris Stanbury and it’s given me some inspiration too.  Over the coming days and weeks, there’ll be a series of posts covering various aspects of my own Wainwright Bagging, and here’s just a taster of some of the things I’m planning to talk about. Continue reading “Wainwright Reflections”

Some Reflections on Peakbagging

A temporary aberation or a permanent affliction ?

Readers of this blog recently, may have noticed that it seems to gone a bit anal at times, particularly in relation to peakbagging lists. I’d like to reassure you that I’ve not gone completely over to the dark side. But with all of this time on my hands recently, and moreover time which for one reason or another I wasn’t able to spend actually on hills, I’ve been doing some housekeeping on my hill data, maps, charts etc, and this has had a few side effects. Continue reading “Some Reflections on Peakbagging”

A Lakeland Round (2011): The Stats

Not everyone is interested in the stats, so let’s keep the analysis in a separate post. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round (2011): The Stats”

Striding Edge

A Lakeland Round (2011): Day 10 – Wednesday 13 July

Making up for yesterday

Despite me saying last night that I’d do today’s original planned walk and tack yesterday’s omitted walk on the end of it, I never thought I’d actually do it. But I have the aching feet to prove it…. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round (2011): Day 10 – Wednesday 13 July”

Grike and Crag Fell

A Lakeland Round (2011): Day 6 – Saturday 9 July

The Unglamourous End of Ennerdale

Today started slowly and at one point I thought I might not make it to the top of any fells, but ultimately I achieved everything I’d planned. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round (2011): Day 6 – Saturday 9 July”