Hi, I’m Mark and this blog is mostly about hikes I’ve done both in this beautiful corner of the west yorkshire hills and moors and also further afield.
I got into longer walks / hikes at the end of 2010 as a way of getting fit, flipping the bird at the hereditary high blood pressure (hypertension) I had been diagnosed with and also to make the most of the hills I’d been surrounded by for the last 20 years – the Marsden and Saddleworth moors area of northern England.
Hiking is a great way to get healthy without the crash course route of taking up midlife running (which I think may well have ended in a cardiac for me!).
I also write about things I’ve come across that related to long walks or hikes and that I think are good to share with others (kit tests, new books out, apps and technology for hikers etc). I’m not an expert hiker so hopefully the things I review are the kind of things that people starting out, or who don’t have huge technical knowledge, would want to know about.
My local hills walks are with my lovely (albeit, a bit daft sometimes) dog Brodie, as featured on the photo on this page. I’m not sure who walks who actually.
I’ve also started a sketchy bucket list of challenges I’d like to do around hiking / trekking.
2011 included a hike up Snowdon (some photos here on my Flickr Set ) , a hike up Scafell Pike and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge (raising over £300 for The Red Cross, which I was chuffed with).
I’d love to do a high mountain trek but I’ve been kinda ice-and-rock-phobic since I fell down a mountain many years ago. Which is a real shame but it was a big fall to be fair, 300 metres / 900 feet of snow, ice and thankfully, not so many rocks. I still vividly recall the toboggan run that was me, without the toboggan.
Buy me a drink and I’ll tell you the whole story but in essence it put me off climbing or hiking high, snowy places. It is on my bucket list though to go skiing again and also to do some alpine treks.
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Some photos of the area I live in are here over on Flickr:
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