Saturday, 23 January 2016

The Dark Side

Marmot Dark Mountains
Marmot Dark Mountains It's Dark 

Saturday, 9 January 2016


It really is called Splatt

Happy New year to you!
My first run of 2016. A damp splash, from St Minver to a tower, on a hill and back.

Some weather

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Blobbed it (Early bath)

Rab Mini Mountain Marathon Saddleworth Moor

A funny day out. Being up out in the hills, on a cold, wet, windy day, is what I do for fun. Which is why I surprised myself, by turning around and heading home, for an early bath.

Rab Mini Mountain Marathons are score events. four hours, to visit as many controls as you can. There are penalties for finishing late, the later you finish the more severe the penalty. 
  • 1  to  5  minutes late-  1   points per minute
  • 6  to 10 minutes late-  2   points per minute 
  • 11 to 15 minutes late- 5   points per minute
  • 16 to 30 minutes late- 10 points per minute 
  • Over 30 minutes late-  All points lost  
The reason I headed home had nothing to do with points. After two hours, I just turned around. Quit, gave up, I had, had enough. My legs were ok. Feet were a bit cold but they have been much colder.
 It was all in my head. Not a DNF, more like, could have done better. Should have done much better.

Could a, should a, would a.  Hey ho! Onwards and upwards.

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Mikk's 30/30/30

Missioning ~ (Mish-un-in)
To go out, on a Mission or adventure. Mucking about in the Hills. Usually self propelled, by foot or pushbike.
Origin ~ Mikk
Synonyms ~ Fun

After bigging it up, my trusty mju lets me down

Mikk's mission- To celebrate his 30th year was; a 30k trail/fell run, a 30k road bike ride and a 30k mountain bike ride. A proper mission.
Mikk Kindly invited me along to share in the celebrations. Not being a banana powered 'machine', I opted to just tag along on the run.
The route for the run was planned by Glen. Glen is at the elite end of the fell running scale, although  he would  probably never use the E word to describe himself, a solo Bob Graham and being able to run Simon Fellmonkey ragged, says he is.
I really am not worthy to run with these Two and proved so, by bonking at about 20k. Fortunately this didn't prevent Mikk from completing his mission(Respect). It certainly didn't stop me enjoying myself.

Happy 30th Mikk ans a big thank you, to you and Glen for the guided tour of the Eastern Peak District.

My first visit to the Ox stones


Mikk readies the Banana bike.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Moto G.O.A.T

The child's toys and the old man's reasons 
are the fruits of the two seasons

Vid owned by Dorna 
It is safe to follow the link to you tube 

Quote stolen from- Billy Blake

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Raking it in

 Jack's Rake
A busy morning around Pavey Ark. Wildcampers, a border terrier, paragliders, a heron, a filmaker and a ...? fell shuffler
Paraglider, moon, heron:
Heron, if you zoom in to the islet,  you might just be able to see a grey pixel

Stickle Tarn 

Obligatory shoe selfie

Goodbye Great Langdale, x

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Proper Bow

Bowfell, at last

Unfinished business. I missed out on visiting Bowfell, twice this year. First at the Rab mini mm. This was a score course and I ran out of time. A month later at the GL3Day , the bad weather course missed out Bowfell.
Time to put things right.

Not a bad view to wake up to

Photo by Mark F

Heading up The Band, I bumped into Mark. Mark had been on the F.R.A navigation course and stopped over for a bit of extra practice. 
Thanks for the photos m8 and your company.

Photo by Mark F