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Film review: Everest

Everest the movie - will it inspire or scare you?
Everest the movie – will it inspire or scare you?

My Dad, Uncle, two sisters, cousin and I all went to the cinema to see the newly released film, Everest at Vue in Swiss cottage. Everyone was so excited and we didn’t know what to expect.

At the beginning of the film I thought that the story line made it very obvious that somebody was going to die by the way the climbers said goodbye to their families, I had a couple of ideas who it was going to be.

It was interesting seeing what type of equipment they brought and how they had planned the climb. It was very sad seeing how many people had died before they climbed Everest and actually realising how dangerous it is. Continue reading Film review: Everest

Our first microadventure

On Tuesday night my Dad asked my sisters and I who wanted to go on a microadventure. We didn’t know what that meant, so only Shelley and I said yes. It sounded interesting.

We looked at different bivvy bags and bought three for me, my sister Shelley and Dad.

On Saturday night we packed our stuff together. All we took was the clothing which we were wearing, a fireproof cup each, a sleeping bag and some matches to get our fire going.

Microadventures use bivvy bags not tents

So last night we slept in a divvy bag without a tent.

We rode our bikes 5 miles from our house to a local camp site. When we arrived at the field we were sleeping in, a scout group was there. They only took up about an eighth of the field, so we had plenty of remaining space.

We picked the place we were sleeping at, then laid out our bedroll, then made a fire. There was a really good wood pile that at the camp site, and we started the fire with just one match.

While our fire was scorching hot we made hot chocolate and ate marshmallows on sticks.

We ended up getting to sleep by 10:15pm and we slept in our full clothing.

Eventually when my Dad woke me up at a cruel 7:30 we didn’t have breakfast, but we rode our bikes back home and straight away had breakfast and a very warm shower.

I didn’t think I was that tired, but ended up falling asleep for three hours this afternoon.

I enjoyed the microadventure because it was a different experience sleeping outside of a tent. I’ve camped in a tent for over 60 nights in total, but sleeping in a bivvy bag was warmer (although my face felt colder), had less space yet was more fun than a tent.

Now I’m looking forward to the next microadventure. Definitely.

Our first microadventure

South Downs Weekend #1

My dad and I had climbed  mountains before this weekend and we felt that we wanted to do a different challenge so we did some research and spoke to friends and we said that we would walk the whole of the South Downs Way.

We’d been planning this for a while and all we wanted to do was go.

We bought lot of new equipment like a kettle and a gas stove from GoOutdoors and we found that they were much lighter than we thought they would be.

As we were planning the weekend we planned what we were going to eat each day, making sure that we were picking light weight foods.

My Dad carried the tent and I carried the food which meant that my rucksack constantly got lighter throughout the weekend.

We travelled to Winchester by train from Waterloo station after getting a tube from Bank where my Dad works.

When we arrived we had to walk to a caravan site 3 miles away. It was quite basic. There was only 1 other tent with a local artist staying there, which meant that it was a very quiet night and we could have a  choice of where we could pitch our tent.

Some of the caravans looked lovely and the grass was kept in very good condition. Nearly every caravan was fenced off and the camping area was fenced of too. They had clean drinking water, clean toilets and nice showers.

We woke up super early and only saw 2 other people awake at that time.

We saw lots of hills with beacons on (beacons are large torches which people used to set on fire to signal things to other people far away).

We saw some offroad motorcyclists zooming around as we were walking and could not stop hearing their loud engines for a long time. We also saw hang gliders jumping off a hill in Queen Elizabeth Country Park and even saw a charity bike race.

We started to get really tired about a mile from the Sustainability Centre and I could really feel the blisters on my feet. But we carried on waddling and when we arrived there were no staff so we had to go searching.

Eventually we found our pitch which had someone in it with a BBQ cooking their dinner so we had to wait for them to finish. Luckily they went to their teepee quickly and they were kind.

We had a very good nights sleep.

The Sustainability Centre had very strange toilets as they had a straight hole into some hay were your waste got decomposed. The showers were solar heated  which meant that they were hot and were lovely!

When we woke up water had got under our tent’s outer as it rained that night and we’d put the tent up in a hurry. We had to dry it off as we had breakfast. The washing up facilities were good as the sinks were clean.

As we left from  The Sustainability Centre our aim was to get to Petersfield station (which was not far away from the south downs track) so that we could get back home by train and tube, and we made it!

So that was the first 26 miles of the south downs way.