Walk Eryri Revisited

Backpacker’s Handbook

I’ve taken to buying old books on ebay, and I recently got one called Backpacker”s Handbook by Derrick Booth. Ok, the cover”s good for a laugh. It even has them posing in jeans on the front (which he does, to be fair, say is not recommended wear for the hills). Originally published in the early …

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Leum Uilleim from Corrour

Originally posted on the Walk Eryri Blog a few years back and the images are rather poor as taken with a mobile. This was my second day in Loch Ossian YH with an ascent of Leum Uilleim. The next day saw much the same sort of weather as yesterday. Rain and wind, with very little sun …

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Loch Ossain to Staoineag Bothy

This route originally appeared on the Walk Eryri Blog a few years ago. The weather forecast had been eagerly anticipated the previous night and it shaped the next day ‘s walk as it was anticipating not just foul weather, I can cope with that, but lightning. That I don‘t really fancy. So Carn Dearg and a couple …

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Carn Dearg from Corrour

Carn Dearg from Corrour Station – originally posted on the Walk Eryri Blog a few years back. Arriving on the sleeper at Corrour, i had managed to sleep much better this time thank you. An easy walk was all i wanted though, and the easiest walk left was that up Carn Dearg (and Sgorr Gailbhre). I …

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SkyWatch Xplorer 4 Review

I wanted an anemometer to see how strong the winds really were that were rocking my tent. I want to be able to relate the speeds given on the forecast to something i can see on the hill. So i wanted one of these. Their basic model, XPlorer 1, is just a wind speed meter …

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Path Surfaces…

I was thinking about this on a run the other night. I’d decided to take a slight detour to take in, possibly 400m of forest trail. Decent trails like this are an absolute rarity around Caernarfon, where you’ve either got roads/tarmac cycletracks or the usual farmland ROWs that are either impassible, muddy or require a …

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Pedant’s Corner

Ever wondered what happened to all those people who would complain that we all got pissed on the 31st December 1999 because it wasn’t the Millennium for another year? Well they’re at it again, this time measuring mountains… The idea is that a bunch of guys (and maybe gals) want to re-survey Tryfan so as …

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Freezer bag cooker

I’m fed up of dried meals in a pouch! I want to take some real food with me next time, but I don”t want to take loads of pans with me. The solution? A rice cooker – or basically a cosy for ziploc bags. It” light too, at 30g. Plus i reckon it”s far too …

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Illegal Offroader Destruction

Did my little walk up Mynydd Mawr yesterday. I was stunned as to how quiet it was walking across the Uwchgwyrfai Common, and how unseasonally warm it was. The only thing that was against the day was the exceptionally poor visibility. Moel Eilio, barely a couple of K across the valley was just a faint …

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ML Training 3

The final section of the course was an expedition with night nav. We did a bit of rough walking and navigation to get up to our campsite in Cwm Edno. It was almost ghyll scrambling up past the Afon Edno, much more interesting than the faint footpath. As it was due to be windy, we …

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ML Training 2

Day 3. This was a bit of a shock to my system. Ropework. However, i only needed to use one knot, the overhand (or is it underhand?), and that was easy enough. A mentally challenging day to anyone unfamiliar with ropes, but at least there wasn”t much walking involved. I”d have found concentrating on the …

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ML Training 1

Had a great weekend with Phil George and the rest of the group. Small group, but means that contact time was maximised. Day 1. Met at Pete”s Eats. Didn”t know there was a flexibility to the 9am meeting time, so missed out on breakfast (will do me good). Met up with a couple who looked …

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Aquapac Review

After I’d moaned about my phone not being waterproof in a previous post (might as well complain that it always bloody rains on my walking days for all the good it does), i bought this straight off ebay. Well, i had some cash in Paypal so it seemed the sensible thing to do – almost …

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SPOT Review

What is it? SPOT is a personal beacon that transmits SOS messages, or “I’m safe” messages so you can notify friends and family that you’re safe at the end of a walk (especially relevant in remote areas without mobile signals). First Impressions. It’s very much like a little orange GPS without a screen. In the same way …

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Midnight Train to Corrour

This was a bit of an expedition, having to book the sleeper weeks in advance. And as for Bargain Berths, forget it. I think only the psychic manage to get hold of them. I then spent weeks looking over the maps of Lochaber, deciding on a route. The Grey Corries and a bothy trip was …

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Netbooks on Mountains?

We’ve had the old arguments of mobile phones and hills, but here’s a new one for you. Netbooks on the mountain? For those of you who’ve been sleeping in Millican’s cave for the last twelve months, a Netbook is basically a small laptop (7-10inch screen) with decent battery life and optimised for browsing ‘tinternet on …

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Loch Ossian SYH Review

I’d never stayed in a youth hostel till this trip. Why bother, I’ve lived within convenient distance of the hills. I can camp if it’s foul weather, or make use of the one and only mountain bothy in North Eryri if it’s worse. So this was a change of tack for me. I was greeted, …

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