Archive for the ‘Adventure’ Category

Trundlin slowly home……

December 8, 2011
Shoreham-by-Sea Railway Train Station sunrise

When the weather decides to give a display of its force, travelling by any means can be difficult. A 149mph gust of wind on the peak of Cairn Gorm in Scotland today has been reported and there are widespread issues in the UK, from floods and travel difficulties in Scotland, to cancelled ferries from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.

In between, a fallen tree has blocked the London – Brighton rail line so my commute home is likely to be a slow one. (I have a rucksack with a fully charged iPhone, a book and will pick up a coffee / beer at Gatwick rail station to ease my journey home).

Be safe out there, however you travel.

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A Short Break That’s Just Too Long

December 2, 2011

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Next Wednesday, a group of friends are heading up to Cumbria for three days of walking in the hills.

Last year I was one of the group, and the winter weather made for a wry memorable weekend. Using Keswick as a base we had magical snow all around.

This year, I’m back working in the travel industry, and more precisely, in the world of IT. For me this means that November/December is spent trying to shoehorn improvements into our systems in time for the peak booking season that everybody in the industry hopes will materialise as usual.

This means that I won’t be going on the road trip from the south coast to Cumbria, but will have to vicariously enjoy the hills via texts/tweets and browsing the excellent Striding Edge website.

If you’re considering a visit to the Lake District then I also heartily recommend www.golakes.co.uk which won a Travolution award recently for Absolute Media. It’s the “official website of Cumbria Tourism” so is an ideal place to start your research.

I’ll be heading into the South Downs National Park for some trail running on my traditional two day weekend, so I won’t be too hard done by….

A short break in Wales

November 25, 2011

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Mountain Bike Rider magazine has just awarded the Doethie Valley in Wales their “Trail of the Year” award, and I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in the area last month with ten friends.

With liberal car sharing we made our way across the Severn Bridge on Friday evening and awoke the next morning to crystal clear skies.

Saturday was to be a guided ride, ably led by Carl of Bike Brechfa and he did a marvellous job of showing us the best the region has to offer.

Now, due to my recent change in jobs, I’ve been riding a train a lot more than riding a bike, so of the eleven of us, I was near the tail end of the group for most of the weekend.

We were a disparate group, from XC whippets on £4k of Ibis Tranny, to weekend warriors on £400 Specialized Hardrocks the fitness and skill levels varied just as much, and Carl nurtured us throughout the day.

Just as the light started to fade we popped out of the end of the Doethie Valley and had a refreshing drink at The Royal Oak Inn (Royal Oak) in Rhandirmwyn, before the short trip back to our rented cottage.

A great day in a fantastic location, with impeccable guiding and good, Welsh hospitality.

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The Ultimate In Low Impact Travel

November 25, 2011

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I’ve just finished reading “”Born to Run” by Chris McDougall – a fascinating read for runners AND non-runners.

Primarily focussed on the tale of the Tarahumara (Raramuri) of Copper Canyon, Mexico, Chris McDougall’s gripping writing covers subjects as diverse as anthropology, shoe technology and the economic roots of the Leadville 100 race.

The overall tone and sentiment of the book is one of secular humanism and the sheer joy of the running experience made me want to lace up my shoes and head out the door.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

If you HAVE to fly, this is the chap to have in the cockpit..

January 16, 2009

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III is the chap you want guiding you in to land, if ever there is an in flight “issue”.

Reading a potted biography of the pilot of  US Airways Flight 1549 on CNN reinforces my view (especially as I approach the big “four O”) that experience counts !

L’Etape Du Tour

November 1, 2008

It’s been announced! The venue is Mont Ventoux – Hardly a trundlin destination. L’Etape Du Tour is heading up “The Giant of Provence” at the end of a gruelling 172km route.

L’Etape follows the route of a single Tour de France stage every year and this one is a cracker. Enter now and start training, for the experience of a lifetime!

www.letapedutour.com

www.lafuga.cc

www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk

Twixt Seattle and Vancouver…..

October 17, 2008

……lies Bellingham, one of those places in the Pacific Northwest that constantly features in magazines’ “Best towns to…” features.

Check out the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism website’s outdoor recreation page for an idea of what you’re missing .

It may be time to head for the hills!

October 6, 2008

“Survivalism” isn’t something you hear about too much in the UK. The Americans have a vast expanse to lose yourself in. Where your stockpile of guns, tins and candles won’t be found.

When Capitalism fails and anarchy takes over (tomorrow maybe?), if you;re English you’d do better to hole up in Russia, or wildest British Columbia.

Why? Well, nowhere in the UK seems to be more than a brisk walk away from civilisation (used in the loosest possible sense for most provincial English towns!).

Not quite as remote as a Shetland Bod, but a good introduction to a remote area are the lodges at Cadair View (http://www.cadairviewlodge.co.uk/).

Family friendly, great for exploring, mountain biking, walking, or just being away from the rat race, “off grid”. Check out the photos on the website and give it a go!.

Cadair View Lodge

Cadair View Lodge

Trundlin in the San Juan mountains, Co, USA

August 18, 2008

There is no greater opportunity to vacation at your own pace, than when you set the pace.

A bike, a BOB ( www.bobgear.com ) , and some free time are all that are needed to leave schedules and timetables behind.

Set off from your front door and the world is before you, all the better if you call home the San Juan mountains in Colorado as the San Juan Hut System ( www.sanjuanhuts.com ) means you don’t need to carry a tent.

Huts or yurts ( Wiki: Yurts ) ( www.huts.org ) are ideal for hardy Trundlers and as you will see if you do some research on the sites mentioned its not just a Summer option, skiing from Hut to Yurt in the Winter months is is a great way to Trundl at the pace of nature……