Kit Review – Hillsound Trail Crampons

Score : 5 out of 5 for grip 5 out of 5 for ease of use / fitting 4 out of 5 for snow accumulation underneath. (score posted after a snowy / icy trip up Snowdon). I’m heading up Snowdon at the weekend so I thought some snow spikes would be prudent. I’m not a proper / climb K2 kinda mountaineer, definitely … Keep reading >

We Built This Valley on Rock and Toil

I’m a bit of geek (and also the writer of bad blog post titles – as above) and I work in the (relatively) new industry of digital marketing. (social media to my granddad would have been a shared newspaper). Apart from some tweets, Facebook updates, reading some blogs and reading wired.com ; I’ve had a break from new technology over the holiday season. A couple … Keep reading >

A snowy hike .. nearly (nearly) the Black Hill circular

I set off on a newly planned out a walk a week ago and had to abandon it. And I did the same today – but clocked up about 9 miles of snow fest fun in the attempt. Along the way we flushed out about 30 Grouse (they didn’t half grumble about it), 1 beautiful winter-coated Hare and lost the route under … Keep reading >

A walk over to my Dads and back to my youth

I don’t see as much of my dad as I could so last Sunday I went that extra mile – and a few more – and walked 6 hours or so from home over the moors to his house. I actually joined the Pennine Way up at the Rochdale Road, having cut across the moors from Eastergate down in Marsden. … Keep reading >