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Honey Street

Honey Street Hike

Honey Street Hike

Honey Street Hike

Honey Street Hike

Honey Street Hike

Honey Street Hike

Honey Street Hike

Honey Street Hike

Honey Street Hike

A circle walk up and along the Ridgeway and back from the awesomely named Honey Street. We saw two other walkers on the route (excluding the canal bit which was heaving). But then it was blowing an absolute hoolie. Lovely. As always, thanks chaps, a most excellent strole.

Dartmoor Loop

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

A twenty-something kilometer stroll around Dartmoor. From Two Bridges to Two Bridges. Taking in Wistman's Woods (L9), Winford Steps (M12), Bellever Tor (L11), and more.

Dartmoor

A great day with great SMMS company. Thanks chaps.

Hotel View

Followed by dinner and two sleeps at the White Heart in Moretonhampstead. The first sleep was a post-dinner nod in the lounge.

Dartmoor Loop

Longstone Hill

Mart & Bri

North from Longstone Hill

Great Kneeset

Mart & Bri on a windy Dartmoor

A loop around a bit of North Dartmoor with Bri and Martin. Amazing desolate views. Beautiful weather (although blowy). Very marshy in places. More on flickr.

Trail head team photo

Thanks gents.

Up in the clouds

Aiguille du Midi

A week in the Alps

Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi

The exit from the Aiguille du Midi

Day 1 of a week in the Alps. With Bri, Rob and Mart. Mont Blanc wasn't to be. But awesome fun nonetheless.

More, lots more, on flickr

Preparation Hike

Ridgeway walk

Ridgeway walk

Ridgeway walk

Ridgeway walk

Wearing in new boots and weight testing gear-in-the-pack with an early morning, pre-crazy temperature hot day, walk from the wheat fields up onto the Ridgeway and back. The boots were comfy.

Wandering Around Wasdale

Wasdale

I grabbed a couple of days at the end of half term for some walking at Wasdale. There were lots of sheep. And lots of sheep poo.

Wasdale

There was autumn colour...

Scafell Loop

...some interesting routes...

Wasdale to Eskdale

...amazing views...

Scafell Loop

...and the odd moment or two!

There's more detail, much much more, hiding here. Enjoy.

Komiža loop hike

Path

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An early morning walk (hike?) with a loop up to (nearly) Mali Hum above Komiža and back. The advantage of an early start was amazing light as the sun rose over the hills and cooler air. A (small) disadvantage was the spider webs across the trial and the ants nest in the stick I picked up to clear a particularly webby stretch. The views were worth the effort but a jump straight into the pool was required on our return.

Dan-yr-Ogof and back

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Dan-yr-ogof hike

Lovely hike in the Western Brecon Beacons with Martin. Up the Tawe valley to Llyn y Fan Fawr, up on to the ridge and along to Fan Foel, then back along the ridge line via Allt Fach. Camping at Dan-yr-Ogof (thirty years after staying in the holiday chalets there as a kid); great grub at Tafarn-yr-Garreg; and a lovely cuppa from the guy in the campavan who took pity on us breaking camp in the rain this morning. Awesomeness.

Pen Y Fan

Pen Y Fan Hike

F and F climbed (hiked, then a little scramble climb up Jacobs Ladder) Pen Y Fan, Corn Du, (Pen Y Fan again), and Cribyn. Nice one. They're speedy too.

Some more on Flickr and some previous trips.

First Day in Llangrannog

Sea view

A most marvellous walk from the Farm House (a most excellent last-minute find from lovely Fay) to “the city” as F called it, or Llangrannog to the rest of the world.

Cliff top pose

Break time 

For such a long distance hike many rest stops were required.

llangrannog

But the destination was well worth the effort.

Pen-Y-Fan and Cribyn Again

Signpost

A return visit to Pen-Y-Fan and Cribyn. Only this time the weather was a little cooler.

Iceman

The strong head-wind and horizontal snow/sleet mix made for an interesting hike up along Cefn Cwm Llwch.

Pen-Y-Fan

Visibility was marginal – with the occasional clearing of the cloud to show that we weren’t hiking inside a white tent. The last section up to the summit even had a bit of ice axe action.

Craig Cwm Sere

The trail down the eastern edge (along Craig Cwm Sere) had deep, occasionally thigh deep, snow drifts, with some decent plunge stepping down to the saddle. A brief pause to test the wind speed by noting the angle that the map case flew at (horizontal map case = fast wind), before heading up to Cribyn and then down to the track at Bwlch ar y Fan.

A hike down in the gathering gloom-cum-head torch darkness to a fantastic dinner at the White Swan in Llanfrynach.

Cribyn from the campsite

The view this morning was much clearer – you could even see the top of Cribyn which we’d raced passed the previous day. But no sign of Pen-Y-Fan, nor of Martin’s shades that took a flying dive off the cliff during the summit photo-opp. A good way to go if ever there was one.

Dorset Hike

Coast

Fantastic hike with Martin along the beautiful Dorset coast.

brew on the range

The ranges were closed, so we took a slightly different route so we could get a great view of the red danger flags in the distance.

end of the line

Further along the coast we found what looked like the end of the line on Egmont Point.

best sign post ever

Thanks to the world’s best sign posts, we found the pub. And it was open.

Pen Y Fan

breakie

Breakie for champions (or just Aiddy & Mart) after a restful night (ignoring the herc at 150ft) in the camping field at Cantref Adventure Farm and Bunkhouse.

Road from the campsite

Before setting off down the lane towards the mountains.

Cloud seeding the welsh way

The bright spring morning with clear blue skies had obviously unsettled the locals who, knowing that hikers expect it to rain when in Wales, instantly sprang into action, seeding some low level clouds to make us feel at home during the hike up through the foothills.

Pen Y Fan

Sheep

We saw some sheep too – another unusual sight for this part of the world.

Pen Y Fan Sign

The path up to Pen Y Fan was clearly marked

On the top

and in next to no time we were up at the top, with next to no one else around. Except that is for the UKs teenage population “doing DofE” and two crazy polish mountain bikers.

Pen Y Fan & Crybin from Craig Cwareli

Not content with just one peek, we bagged Crybin and Fan Y Big (or was it Big Y Fan?)

Where we hiked from

before skirting Craig Cwareli which dropped us right into the lovely village of Llanfrynach…

Pub, or not

…and the pub for a well deserved pint of Brains.

Except the pub was shut.

Next time we’ll ring ahead and check before hiking 14-odd miles and up (and down) 3,800 feet for a drink.

Top hike. Cheers Mart.

The Needles

The needles

Sun corner

Martin recommended the Needles and an amazing recommendation it was too. Old battery, new battery and the rocket engine test site. With views of the ‘needles, cliffs, caves and everything’!

The gang with needles

Fay & Finn

The boys were fantastic with the hike down to the headland in the freezing weather. Special mention to little-F who managed to dig deep despite being several shades under the weather.

Martin, photog

Lovely spot for some piccy snapping…

you are here

…and waving across the Solent to Nana and Granddad
(who didn’t wave back despite us being clearly visible).

The needles

Old Battery was sign-posted as closed at the start of the walk down, but don’t be put off, there’s great views and the National Trust redeemed itself with an open tea room!

A lovely end to a FAB thanksgiving weekend. Big thanks to KMDFM.

Roundball Hill

View

A strange collection of characters made the trek up to the summit of Roundball Hill on Sunday afternoon…

Dad

Dad

Boj and Brov

Boj & Brov

Hikers bon the summit

H & A

Fay by A

Fay (photo by A)

air guitar

and F.

hide and seek

Hide and seek was played enthusiastically on the way up,

honiton view

and the view from the blustery top was pretty darn good.

trekking home

Sunday roast was calling so we high-tailed it back down the lane.

Welsh Hike

view from sugar loaf

dry stone wall

elsie

A super duper camp-and-hike in the Welsh Hills with Martin, Martin, David & Elsie.

welsh ponies

And some ponies.

trig point

We totalled 28k horizontal and 1.06k vertical. Pausing at the trig point on Sugar Loaf…

sugar loaf mountain

…to watch an incoming squall soak the tourists.

brew time

Tea half way round was only surpassed…

storm kettle

…by amazing storm kettle powered tea back at camp.
Followed by some beer.

Great w’end. Thanks Guys.

Rattlesnake Mountain

Rattlesnake Ledge

Rattlesnake Mountain Trail

Family Pic

Family walk in the (February!) sunshine to Rattlesnake Ledge/Edge
(although it appears to have been upgraded to a mountain!)

Mount Si Framed

Mount Si Panorama

Cedar River Watershed

Great views: Mount Si, the Snoqualmie Valley and the Cedar River Watershed which supplies much of Seattles drinking water.

Ewok and Fay

Ewok and H

With fay

Checking the trail

Here we are

Finn was in charge of navigation, and kept up a commentary on exactly where we were for most of the 90 minute hike up.

Turtleback Mountain

Turtleback Mountain Preserve

Ship peak trail

A great little hike up to Ship Point on Turtleback Mountain. Steep going up but the views were fantastic.

F on the trail

Lego shop ahead?

Ewok ahead

F found the going a little hard at first, but magic signs on the trail soon had him whizzing upward.

A wet lunch, but a grand view

Our lunch spot was out of the wind but got damper as the rain set in…

We're dry here

…we didn’t get too wet though!

Garland Peak

Morning drive

Up early on a dark and misty morning to cross the mountains to the east side.

19F

It was a tad chilly – 19 degrees in old money (or -7 Celsius if you prefer).

Smoke to the distant south

Where's the trail?

The hike up was tough (to quote one guide “The first half of this trip is a brutally steep, brushy at times, curse-inducing slog”) although Chris and Jeff appeared to dance up.

Ridgeline

Taking in the view

Autumn Coloured Trees

Glacier Peak with trees an pumice

But the views of peaks, including Glacier, Rainier and a hint of Baker, the autumn colours, and the pumice field that exploded out of Glacier 10,000 years ago left me speechless (or maybe that was just the lack of all round fitness)

Taking a photo of the brew

Tea at the top

Summit Photo: Chris, Aiddy, Jeff

A couple of warming brews at the top (7525 feet) before the obligatory summit photo…

That's me!

…and the longest shadow of me I think I’ve ever seen.

Thanks guys. Awesome trip.

[More on flickr]


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