Kit Test – technical shirt from Aldi

A short post to mention that Aldi UK are bringing in some walking gear as part of their ‘Special Buys’ programme this Thursday 17th April.

I was contacted by the Aldi PR guys and asked if I’d like to try out the Technical Shirt.

Having been out with the shirt once I can only offer a limited review – but I have to say that for the retail price (£7.99) it’s a really comfortable shirt and wicked nicely. That seems like a good price.

I like the look of the green version (I was sent the blue) so for that price I might go and buy myself a ‘spare’ one if I can get to a store on Thursday.

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Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Team #GorillaHope

Craghoppers Film launch evening – #GorillaHope

Mountain Gorilla raghoppers Dian Fossey #GorillaHope

Whilst not a walk or a hike as such I thought there was enough resonance in an event I just attended, as a competition winner (and it’s such a good cause) that I wanted to give it a mention.

I was at the launch this week of a film that shows the great work that the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund does to protect, nurture and grow the population of Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. The distances, conditions and danger that the guys who work for the Gorilla Fund endure put my 3 days on the Ridgeway Path to shame.

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Kirklees Way Huddersfield Hike

Walking The Kirklees Way – part of the NSPCC HACK training

I walked a big chunk of the Kirklees Way on Sunday with friends Taru and Jenny. We’re jointly doing the NSPCC ‘HACK’ challenge in June and this was one of several training walks we’re doing.  And this time we had Carl, an Iron Man participant, along with us. So no pressure then ;-)

I was going to call this post ‘Five go mad on the moors’ or similar; as we had the destination (Taru’s old family house – an ancient hall) and the home-cooked tea we knew was waiting for us, fixed in our minds. And the 2 boy, 2 girl and a dog combo lent the day an Enid Blyton feel.  Can’t remember who came up with the theme but it kept us amused, chatting across the misty moors up to Cupwith Res and then on to Scammonden.

We started at Marsden and walked 16 or so miles at an average of 2 miles an hour. So not a heads-down rush but with occasional steep inclines and a bit of mud and slurry to navigate, it was a sociable but purposed pace. Continue reading

Hiking on the Yorkshire hills and further afield


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