|As I left Ribblehead the scene is of course dominated by the tremendous viaduct. Whernside is beyond smothered in a blanket of low cloud and wet mist. Perfect for today's purpose!|
Sunday, 27 April 2014
The objective for today's walk was to check that the waterproofs which I intend to take on the forthcoming TGO challenge are in fact still waterproof. Whernside is less than 30min drive away, so that was where I went. For this test to work I needed it to rain, the forecasters said it would.....and it did. Great..both jacket and overtrousers kept the wind driven rain at bay! Sadly the gloom ensured no views, and the photos are rubbish!
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Just an easy stroll from Dent village up the dale before branching up Deepdale, followed by a return beside the River Dee back to the car. Spring has definitely sprung, it was almost warm when the sun shone!
|The stepping stones across Deepdale Beck below Double Croft Farm weren't on today's route, good job they were very slippery!|
|No shortage of routes to take here.....but they all go the same way!|
|Another set of stepping stones across Deepdale Beck.........|
|.........thankfully this bridge has been built!|
|A patch of blue sky at last, a beautiful view down Deepdale. Sadly so many farms are derelict, Scow Farm in the middle distance empty but it still has a roof.|
|Back in Dentdale and this superb bridleway leads down to the River Dee, a few more weeks and it'll be full of Bluebells.|
|Back down the North side of the river and past the stepping stones seen earlier. From here it was only a short walk back to the car in Dent.|
One month from now I'll be underway on my first TGO Challenge, and it would seem almost traditional to publish a gearlist so..... Although it's my first Challenge, I've backpacked for over 35 years. My gear choices have been arrived at via hard won experience, something no amount of money can buy. A few items are new, but most have stood the test of time. Lists and tables can be somewhat boring so rather than that, here's a series of images with captions. The total weight I plan on carrying is 6.15 kilos plus food and fuel, which shouldn't ever be more than 2.5 kilos. Therefore a total sac weight of under 9 kilos , that should ensure a comfortable carry.
So there we have it, seems a huge amount of stuff when you have to write it out, but it's not much when it's on my back and that's the important thing. Sadly a lot of this gear is no longer made, but thats the way of the world Perhaps it'll give some folk some ideas, all comments/criticism welcome. I'm not a Super Ultralight kinda guy, but I do believe you don't need that much kit to enjoy a long walk. You do however need the knowledge and fitness to make a little work for YOU!!
|Kitchen items consist of, Caldera Cone in Titan mug/Measuring/Caddy see here . I have decided to use solid fuel rather than meths, therefore the Gramcracker "stove". Pan is an Evernew 600ml and MYOG pot cosy,a Snowpeak titan spork.|
Water for camp a 2.25lit Platy and a Traveltap bottle/filter means no worries in finding drinkable water.
2 x lighters, some tiny pan scrubs (and not shown an Alpkit 8lit drybag for food and a baby tin opener)
Total weight for kitchen 459g.
|Lastly this little fella, he's been on all my travels and treks over the last 15years.|
It wouldn't be the same without him.
I don't care how heavy he is...he's going!!
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Todays wander was in the Kentmere valley, including a circuit of the Reservoir. My old mate Bill was out with me today, we had a good natter and catch up as we walked. We were plagued by the dense polluted air which has been featured on the news. The photos are very poor I'm afraid but serve as a memory jogger for me if nothing else!
|Having parked near Long Houses we followed the road to the church. I always think it's a gaunt looking building.|
|Splendid sign for eggs...Rhode Island Reds?|
|Beyond Hartrigg Farm the tarmac turns to rough track on the way to the reservoir. We had lunch here at Reservoir Cottage looking across to the quarries on the other side of the valley.|
|Looking back from the Northern end of the reservoir as we made an anti-clockwise circuit.|
|The only clear picture of the day...small falls on the infant River Kent.|
|Walking back down the East side of Kentmere we passed the quarries opposite Reservoir Cottage. I first visited these quarries on a school geology trip from The Lakes School when I was 12 years old...much tapping by hammers was done as I remember!|
|Leaving the head of the valley behind, these old pines always make me look back....|