2012 Blogging in review

WordPress sent me my annual report on how I’ve done as a blogger. It threw up some interesting stats: Of the 11,000 views of my 93 posts this year, the busiest day was May 14 with 188 views.  I posted 608 pictures. However, I’m not sure how this number has been affected by me recently starting to use my pictures on Flickr in my posts rather than uploading directly to WordPress. Most popular posts (and explaining the May 14 total views) were those to do with wild camping, especially the My First Wildcamp series of posts. There were 3 of … Continue reading 2012 Blogging in review

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”

Looking north from Esk Hause


Each lunchtime I take a walk, both for the exercise and to get what passes for fresh air in the centre of London.  It’s a walk of about 3 miles, which is about as long as is decent for lunchtime.  The terrain isn’t particularly challenging of course, but what it lacks in ruggedness it makes up for in terms of being able to just switch off, plough on and let my mind wander.  Which is pretty much what this post does… Continue reading “Daydreaming”

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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Project Management for Hillwalkers – Part 3

What could possibly go wrong ?

In Part 2, I talked about the benefits of planning and how I do it, and in this third installment I’m going to talk about what happens when the plan goes wrong.  Of course, sometimes the plan doesn’t actually go wrong – sometimes I simply change my mind – so I’m going to cover that too.  And most important of all, how to minimise the chances of being in these situations.  So let’s start with that. Continue reading “Project Management for Hillwalkers – Part 3”

Project Management for Hillwalkers – Part 2


No facetious subtitle or opening remarks today, as this looks like being a long post, so I want to get straight into it.  In my hillwalking, planning is the single most important factor in having a successful day’s walk.  It’s also one of the most enjoyable parts too, and helps fill the gaps between proper walking trips quite nicely indeed. Continue reading “Project Management for Hillwalkers – Part 2”

Hillplodder’s Laws of Motion

I’m going to let you into a little secret – I did Maths at university and then went on to become an accountant.  So it’s probably no surprise to any readers of this blog that there’s a fair amount of analysis of my hill walking contained within.

Now, I’d like to emphasise that it’s not just for the sake of it, driven by some geeky obsession with figures (ok, maybe a little bit), but because for a while now it has seemed to me that I walk to a pattern.  And if I can work out what that pattern is, I can bring more predictability to my walk planning so that I never miss the last bus or get overtaken by sunset.  So this post is an attempt to share the results of my experiments, and to give my equations of motion. Continue reading “Hillplodder’s Laws of Motion”

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”

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”

A Lakeland Round (2011): Debrief

This has been a bit of a strange trip, and I have to say after 15 trips to the Lake District, I didn’t expect to still be learning lessons about my walking capabilities. Continue reading “A Lakeland Round (2011): Debrief”