Hello readers!

1 03 2011

I’ve started this blog in response to requests from my friends to write further about my cowardly exploits in the hills of Britain and elsewhere.

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Sledging on Blencathra! (archival)

25 01 2018

In March 2008, I’d just got back from the Aviemore area where I’d finally managed to acquire a plastic sledge suitable for adult use – I’d been after one for years! I was off on a trip to the Lakes with my friend Richard and, as it had been snowing a bit at home, decided to take it on the off chance as I’ve had a burning desire for quite some time to sledge a great 2000 foot slope down the back of Skiddaw! Read the rest of this entry »





Log Pile!

11 01 2018

Since I’ve moved to the ‘wilds’ of Cumbria, well at least a very rural hamlet, I’ve gained a log burner. I’m still crap at lighting it unfortunately but am hoping I’ll learn.

One thing I have been good at though, is getting in wood. I haven’t bothered buying any, just waited until after the Autumn gales and then gone out on foot with my bag and my saw looking for fallen wood of a decent size. I saw up some of it in situ – one woodland even has a handy river bridge on the road where you can use the walls as a multi-height saw bench! The rest I carry home as long logs and saw in the back yard.

Anyway, this is my full log pile sitting drying – all got by my own grubby hands!

Not bad eh! 🙂 Mind you, with the very cold winter we’re having this year, it goes down quickly once you start…





2017 Stats Post/Happy New Year!

31 12 2017

Feel free to add your own stats in the comments below…

Not much in my stats this year courtesy of my often non-working, needing-replacing bad hip. Hardly anything in Scotland in fact…


Munro Top Compleation day on An Teallach
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Merry Christmas to you all!

23 12 2017

Hope you all have a great Christmas!
This photo is of the sun one day this year – it was actually much brighter red than my digi-camera shows and was truly weird. The reason it was red, apparently, was because dust from the Sahara was in the atmosphere making it appear red through the haze…





Kendal Rambling – Hay Fell & Scout Scar

14 12 2017

Tue 12 & Wed 13 December 2017
Richard and I have just come back from our favourite winter Lake District Hotel – Castle Green at Kendal. We did as much walking as my knackered leg would allow but what with that and the weather, nothing high or difficult. Read the rest of this entry »





Upper Eskdale – the Difficult Route

11 11 2017

Wed 25 Oct 2017
This was a 2 Ibuprofen walk due to not being able to manage anything the day before on a simple riverbank walk in the valley! We were staying at our favourite hotel at Boot in Eskdale and I’d been looking longingly on the various photos on the hotel walls and on the map at Upper Eskdale – one of my favourite places in the Lakes which isn’t actually up a hill. I was longing to get up there once more… Read the rest of this entry »





Totally Different Route up Skiddaw

27 10 2017

Sticking with unusual Lakeland Fells routes…

This was an entertaining way up Skiddaw… while staying at Braithwaite, the view of Skiddaw out of the front hotel room windows is a cracker and I spend much time studying it for interesting routes (although I didn’t invent this route as I think it’s been in Trail mag at some time). There are various wide ridges up the ‘front’ with interesting looking gills between them – this is one of those gills… Read the rest of this entry »