The last (and only time) I had been in Dufton was as part of a flood relief fundraiser walk last year. Actually, we had only glanced the edge of the village before circling back to Appleby. So when I realised that the hostel that friends Ali and Steve had booked was in Dufton (in Westmorland), it was a nice surprise. I’d already decided to be part of the mix of folk staying that weekend and coopted Anita into the trip as she knew a few of them too.
The guys at Go Outdoors contacted me a few weeks back and after some friendly email exchanges they sent me a couple of Rab jackets to try (and write up about, of course).
I have been looking at a down jacket for those cold, drier days on the hills. In fact, I’d been looking at a couple of videos a couple of weeks before to better understand all the technology and terminology. And Go Outdoors had come up in my YouTube searches.
I tend to wear synthetic trousers when I’m out walking but I’d seen a couple of folks out with what I’d assumed were a heavier cotton cargo pant style trousers and wondered what they were. I sort of dismissed them became I assumed they’d get really heavy in the rain. Then after chatting with someone on a walk last year I realised they were waxed.
I haven’t been as far afield as I’d like since my recent Scotland trip. An already painful knee problem was exacerbated during the moors trekking we did. One (all ok) X-ray (‘now you need an MRI’) and an eight weeks (and counting) wait for a specialist consult – and I’m … Keep reading >
When friend Jenny suggested a trip to the Cairngorms, I jumped at the chance.
She had been out with Cairngorm Treks previously and really enjoyed the experience. So she liaised with Simon (Lead Guide and owner) to arrange a trek for a few of us (myself, Jenny, Karl and Taru: challenge walk mates in the guise of ‘Butterley Booters’).
I have been helping to organise an outdoors themed day – Marsden Adventure Outdoors.
And thought I’d share it here for any readers in the West Yorkshire / Saddleworth / Peak District region (or further afield!) who wanted to come along.
This will be part of the Pennine Prospects Walk and Ride 2016 Festival.