Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge – the please-sponsor-me blog post edition

I spent some of tonight reading about the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge and what I was letting myself in for. And ordering a map of the area. I think the Red Cross team (who I signed up with to support) will be around to assist any lost walkers but I thought it was best I had a map of my … Keep reading >

Rain, Mist, Wind and Peat Bogs – a hike on Marsden Moor

I headed off around 7.00 a.m this morning for a circular hike around part of Marsden Moor and picking up the Pennine Way for part of it. See my last post for the route I took. Well, mostly, I did actually get slightly lost (more of that in a mo) but it was essentially the same route and around 15 … Keep reading >

Planning Routes with getamap from The Ordnance Survey

As will be obvious from some of my initial posts, I’m pretty new at planning biggish walks/ hikes. A site for planning hike routes I’ve stumbled over which is really good is the Ordnance Survey’s ‘getamap’ site / planning tool. This is UK only so I can’t point any USA vistors to a similar service but I’m sure one exists. … Keep reading >

I’m walking the Rhinogs – now, where are they?

IMG_2266, a photo by andydolman on Flickr. As the title suggests I’m kind of new to this hiking malarkey and I don’t really know the nitty gritty of Britain’s mountain / hill routes, beyond some of the big names like Snowdon or Ben Nevis or Saddleworth. Okay, that last one isn’t big as such, just the area I walk the … Keep reading >

Mark’s gym: re-opened for training

I thought I’d better build up my leg muscles so I’m resurrecting the multi gym that I bought from a mate for £20 a few years back and haven’t used (inevitably) for a long long time. The York 1001 sounds like robot, not sure what the number signifies, maybe signifies the year it was invented? Or perhaps its actually some … Keep reading >

Just signed up to the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge

I must be mad. Or driven by fear that I really need to get in shape. So my solution? Train for the National 3 peaks challenge by doing the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge. On 16th July to be exact. Which is not long now. So less typing and more planning for that I think! If you want to support me … Keep reading >