A Quick Pop Up Kinder

Poor old Cath (@wellycath), she tries to arrange a get together and the weather forecast doesn’t play ball. Yours truly ends up having a sneaky camp on the North Downs instead. She tries again, and then finds everyone dropping out for a variety of reasons. Still I made it. Continue reading “A Quick Pop Up Kinder”

Monica takes it easy as she dries out

My first wild camp – Part 4: Job Done

Monica is in the garage, sprawling languidly over a selection of discarded furniture and old boxes, as she dries out from the trip. It was sods law that having been dry as a bone both nights up high, that she should be sopping wet on the morning I travel home.

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Should I stay or should I go ?

I hate leaving things until the last minute.  There’s always more to do than you think, and in the final rush to get it all done, you have to cut corners and risk not doing it properly.  However, I find myself in the position of having to leave this decision to the last minute… Continue reading “Should I stay or should I go ?”

A first date with Monica

It’s early morning and I’m in a unique situation.  Whilst I’ve blogged from a tent several times before, this is the first time I’ve done it over a Wifi connection.  And moreover, my own home Wifi!

Yes, I’ve never camped in the back garden, and thought it was time I did so.  I had an ulterior motive of course – I felt the need to test my new tent, before I take her out to the hills for adventures together. So having sorted her out in the afternoon, we had our first date. Continue reading “A first date with Monica”

Decision time - the path splits

North Downs Way 9: Dunn Street to Chilham

I learned something overnight.  Something which was actually pretty obvious and staring me in the face the whole time.  And it’s this….you really don’t need that much stuff to have an ok time.  Let me elaborate…. Continue reading “North Downs Way 9: Dunn Street to Chilham”

Typical NDW scenery 2

North Downs Way 8: Detling to Dunn Street

Last week I was all packed and ready to go on this walk, but for one thing – my fitness.  On the morning of the walk I realised my ribs were still not healed enough for it to be a sensible thing to do.  So reluctantly, but in hindsight pleased with myself for making the right call, I changed my plans and hoped that the weather would hold for another attempt later in the month.

Now with another week of rest, I can feel my ribs getting better everyday, although they still hurt like hell when I first get out of bed in the morning.  But yesterday I had to go to the post office in town, a round-trip of about 4 miles on foot, and felt good.  In fact rib-wise I felt better after the walk than before.  So I decided last night to risk the walk, Continue reading “North Downs Way 8: Detling to Dunn Street”

Finding Grasmoor summit wasn't easy

A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 4 – Thursday 19 April

The Crummock Horseshoe

It was quite windy last night, but somehow I slept better than Monday night.  I lay awake listening to the wind and wondering if the tent would stand up to it.  Which it did.  When daylight came, I fell asleep and later after a lingering breakfast I found myself running for the bus which would take me to Lanthwaite Green where today’s walk started. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 4 – Thursday 19 April”

Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere

A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 3 – Wednesday 18 April


I went to bed last night clean, refreshed and with a new plan formed, that would see me claim 21 peaks between now and Sunday.  So I woke in a more positive frame of mind and set out round the shops first thing to secure the kit that the whole plan relied upon – a cheap daysack.  This would enable me to be free of the elephant on days where I was returning to the same overnight point.  Not sure whether I would keep it or simply chuck it, I strapped it to its bigger cousin and headed for the bus.   Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 3 – Wednesday 18 April”

A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 1 – Monday 16 April

I woke at sunrise which I considered good as that’s what is probably going to happen whilst I’m sleeping in the tent.  After final checks and packing of last minute items I set off.  The first thing I noticed as I walked down the road to the station was that I somehow must have left my rucksack behind – as surely I was actually giving an elephant a piggy-back. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round 2007: Day 1 – Monday 16 April”