Here is a list and review of each camp site that Ishai and I stayed at during our hike across the South Downs Way. We carried our own tents (sharing a two-man tent), stove, food and water and always booked the camp sites before arrival.
We covered the South Downs in four weekends, arriving on a Friday afternoon at the first site, walking to the second campsite on the Saturday afternoon, and then continuing the walk to a train station to return home in London. (Incidentally, if you are planning to do something similar, investigate a Friends and Family railcard to save a small fortune on rail tickets).
Last night I was invited to a pre-screening of a new film called Meru. The pre-screening was organised by The North Face, one of the sponsors of the film.
The film itself was fantastic – edge of the seat stuff. It’s a documentary with interviews and pure first-person recording – no camera crews or drones. But it’s still exciting. At one point I jumped out of my seat just as everyone else in the cinema winced. I don’t want to give anything away, so there are no spoilers here. Continue reading Meru film review→
When you’re re drinking two litres of water a day in Europe on long hikes, or 4-5 litres a day on Kilimanjaro it’s easy to get sick of the taste of water.
I use SiS hydration tablets for long hikes. They don’t offer any energy (i.e. they are calorie-free), but they taste nice (which encourages you to drink more) and replenish good thingies in your system. During the summer I was getting some cramps on cycling commute and after using these (one every other day) I stopped getting cramps.
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→
We’re both big fans of Bear Grylls, and this book looked interesting. Plus, both Ishai and I have read Mud Sweat & Tears by Bear and liked that.
This book is incredible addictive. There are two stories – the first is about how Bear climbed Everest and the second is his North Atlantic crossing.
We’re more into walking and climbing than sailing, so the first story appealed the most.
Both the stories are action packed, and touch upon some of the detail of his expeditions, so you get a good picture in your mind of what the environments and conditions are like for both the adventures.
There are several page of photos in the book as well, which help put faces to the names of the people in the stories.
This is an inspiring book for children and adults, easily readable and thoroughly recommended. We struggled to put the book down.
Microadventures consist of a most-simple overnight stay in a field somewhere. No need for a tent – use a bivvy bag instead. No need for food – get dinner from a pub nearby and breakfast from a café nearby. With no food, it means no camping stove. Microadventures should be basic.
A few years ago we decided to camp in Snowdon. Up until then we’d always found a B&B nearby.
After a little hunting around, we booked the Snowdon Base Camp, also referred to as the Snowdon Inn or the Cwellyn Arms because the camp site owner also owns the pub of that name (as well as a few properties in the tiny village of Rhyd-Ddu).