Sponsorship and influence

(TL:DR I’m not sponsored, nor am I ever likely to be)  A short, slightly ranty, explainer piece, to clear up a misconception, and a couple of snide, trollish* digs.  Digs about my status as a punter who’s somehow become a sponsored athlete and influencer.   To get that idea in …

In My Bag: Midsummer Day Dawdles

One of a short series of pieces, looking at what I carry/use on solo, self-supported jaunts.  Though I hope folk find something helpful here, it’s just geekery really. The links are to help you find things you might like; I’d always encourage you to try local independent shops first This is …

Playtime

The bus has stopstarted out from Sheffield to Fox House.  The stopstarting shlep from Fox House, sweatily burdened under bouldering pads and bag full of shoes and food is finished.   Time to climb.   But maybe coffee and a teacake in this sun warmed hollow first.  Eventually the pad is positioned, shoes …

The Grit

“Millstone Grit; coarse-grained carboniferous sandstones – gritstone specifically refers to such rocks in the Pennine areas of Northern England – the gritstone edges and boulders of the Peak District provide one of the world’s classic climbing areas.” Yes, yes they do.  The grit; Burbage South boulders, The Brick.   A cold …

two stick figure runners, one holding half their leg with a speech bubble asking erm, have you got a plaster?

In My Bag: First Aid

One of a short series of pieces, looking at what I carry/use on solo, self-supported jaunts.  Though I hope folk find something helpful here, it’s just geekery really.  Why carry a first aid kit?   Well, habit for one.  And more practically if I get injured, I can maybe fix …

Spring: run

A prologue, of sorts. In these interesting times, a vignette of memory from a couple of years ago. It would be wonderful to be as full of love and laughter as those two ladies who shared a good few years of life well lived. spacer Spring. Blackthorn in flower and …

Solstice

spacer Northern winter; at the turning of the year.  At the turning of nature’s year, not the turning of our human year.  Mistchill and windwhip swirl around the fell and valley blurring sound and sight.  Reminders this place of aeons old fort and ritual may be within Sheffield’s city bounds, …

The Ridge, To Hope

spacer Car park; drop off, jump out; car door, shut. Wave K off, now; Run Mam Tor steps steep past scowling tourists. Quick, tap summit view guide then skedaddle fell shoes scarting on crumbling paving slabs where grass once grew. Run on Down now – more people; polite good afternoons …

Solo Self-supported; my take

“Never go into the hills alone”, so say the sages.  Now, I think a sage is best taken with a pinch of salt(especially good on tomatoes and new potatoes).  I also think solo, self-supported is the best way to play in the hills.  Ooh, such a rebel am I.  A …

Review: Inov-8 X-Talon G235

FOR AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT:  I use a fair bit of Inov-8 kit.  It’s simple, it fits, and it works well in the UK hills.  I have neither been paid for this review, nor been given the shoes by either Inov-8 or Accelerate.   Okay, so what am I reviewing here?  The shiny new Inov-8 X-Talon …