New campsite location service – Hoplett

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I got an email this week from the guy behind a startup service aimed at the outdoors market, I liked his friendly approach and the premise behind the platform / service. And I put aside the fact that he’s way too entrepreneurial for a 22 year old – leaving a good job at Google to launch this service – too much energy and enthusiasm from the youth I say ūüėČ

Hoplett looks like a great service idea and with my other hat on (web marketing / digital content consultant etc) it has the making of a nice user experience / interface and functionality.

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Let the dice decide – a walk around Marsden

I had a couple of hours to spare this¬†afternoon to get out for a bit of a walk with the hound. ¬†Actually, I never have time to spare, too many projects in the go, maybe ‘allocated’ is a better phrase. And yes I did *some* chores, although not as many as I *should* have of course.

Anyway – with a couple of hours to hit the hills, I was wondering where to go. I considered one of the Walkers Are Welcome¬†¬†walks I haven’t done yet or maybe heading straight up the hill to the Heritage Trail to get some views?

The subject of how / why I choose one walk over another has been front of mind for a couple of days, as I’m taking part in a long-range survey (over August). I can’t say anything much as have been asked not to by the organisers but suffice to say that the act of being observed must have impacted my behaviour!

And impacted it to the extent that the idea of using a dice to decide where to go came to mind. Not something I’ve ever done before. I’m not sure why it popped into my head other than I was musing “head out through back of the house and up the hills, or head out the front door and towards the canal and the hills? hmm” and to let a dice decide seemed an interesting idea. I read the Dice Man years ago (now that’s a teenage thought provoker of a book ..) and I know there’s also a school of travel (and an old TV programme?) that uses dice to decide where to go next. My ambitions were less, well, ambitious. Mooch about with the dog on a 2 hour journey, with any major intersection maneuvers decided by the roll of a dice. Or the tap of my phone as it happened – there’s an App for everything!

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Kit Review – The no-hiking hiking kit roundup

I’ve hurt my back and that coupled with busy work life has meant no real outdoorsy-ness for a while.¬†My lower back occasionally fubars (traced back to schoolboy rugby and then a very long tumble down an ice-field where it all went a bit somersault-y).¬†This time it was brought on by an¬†innocuous¬†slip on some leaves on a steep cobbled path. Pah. … Keep reading >

New App for hiking the West Highland Way #hike

I got contacted today by an app¬†developer¬†who has brought out an app (for Android initially I think) for people looking to do the West¬†Highland¬†Way. I’d love to do this path / trail its entirety – on my bucket list, as having driven up most of it (and walked a tiny part + one¬†mountain at the northern end) it’s a beautiful … Keep reading >

Kit Review – What’s under here? New Augmented Reality App for geologists and hikers

My son just¬†put¬†me on to a new app from the British Geological Survey – iGeology 3D. It’s only available on¬†Android¬†(maybe it was too¬†onerous¬†/ time-consuming / costly to develop an iphone version? not sure.) We’re going to give it a proper test drive (walk) on Saturday – I like the idea of being able to identify what you are walking over … Keep reading >

I can use my phone / GPS thing in bad weather! The Hiking Geek post

I did a short (no doubt, by hardcore Hikers standards) 4 hours on a local walk / hike this morning – up the Wessenden Valley , onto the Pennine Way and then back down across part of Saddleworth Moor to Marsden. I used the Viewranger GPS app , now installed on my phone – although I’m still figuring it out. … Keep reading >