Monthly Archives: Jun 2019

DofE 14: White Peak (2)

Pollen VH, 18°C, brisk SE, dry, full sun. 14.1 drive the minibus to Hulme End to meet coach B. The boss had split the year group and I met the northern half to issue kit. Soon, classic bronze route planning … Continue reading

Posted in DofE, Hiking, Lowland | Leave a comment

DofE 13 South Downs

22°C, light wind and deep blue cloudless above. A very long drive down near Brighton. I hope it’s worth it. Heathside has always been brilliant previously, so it will be again. Before the punters arrive, I have the field to … Continue reading

Posted in camping, DofE, Hiking, Lowland | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ribble nature reserve

16°C, bright sun and dry Not a long ride but I’ve clocked up well over 100 miles in the last few days. The trips to work have been quick except the return home yesterday. My legs were just empty and … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, cyclocross, No category | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Perfect summer’s day.

19°C, no real wind, bright sun.Rode along thinking about my yet to build new frame. The fit on the cross bike seems best of the bikes I have. It should be easy to copy over the measurements. I need to … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, No category, Summer bike | Tagged | Leave a comment

DofE 12: Chilterns (2)

Sun-rain-sun/repeat 18°C. 12.0: arrived a day early on a busy Scout camp. Presumably, most will go tomorrow before ours arrive. I needed an early night but they did quieten down after 9.30. The owls were loud in the night. 12.1: … Continue reading

Posted in DofE, Hiking, Lowland, No category | Tagged | Leave a comment

Beach pipe

12°C, light rain, N. What is that thing? I features in the background of some of my beach shots. From a distance, especially in poor conditions, it can look sinister. This rain is an escape from the severe storms south: … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling, cyclocross | Tagged | Leave a comment

DofE 11 North Downs.

12°C, rain and strong Westerly gusts. Another late one: I have two likable groups to manage and assess. The tricky part is the way their routes diverge south of the hills. If all goes well, there would be a bit … Continue reading

Posted in DofE, Hiking, Lowland | Tagged | Leave a comment

DofE 10: Cannock Chase

14-17°C, sunny. 9.2: Practice, independent travel with staff and instructors on mostly mobile checkpoints. I headed out on foot to the most easterly point on any of the routes. If groups go wrong here they could get lost in a … Continue reading

Posted in DofE, Hiking, Lowland | Leave a comment

The annual tent repair.

14°C, rain. The tent pole that most often breaks is the 2nd or 3rd from each end. This one broke on expedition late one night after dealing with an especially late group. Good that I had the foresight to take … Continue reading

Posted in Hiking | Tagged , | Leave a comment

DofE 9: White Peak.

Sunshine and showers. 5-19°C.9.0: I thought I was driving home when the phone rang on the M6. “Are you available for a Silver Qualifier” in the White Peak? I pulled into Sandbach services to check. It would work as long … Continue reading

Posted in DofE, Hiking, No category | Tagged | Leave a comment