Category: Hiking

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Pushing the Limits of the land

I had a busy day today but did manage to finish work on time. I therefore headed out for a nice walk along the beach and ended up pushing the limits of the land. The weather was grey, misty and damp and my walk happened to coincide with low tide. It was a fairly big...

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A Christmas Eve Run and Walk

I had hoped to go for a nice hill walk on Christmas Eve. Nothing too extreme, probably just a walk up Cadair Idris. The icy temperatures and strong winds would have made it fairly exciting at those elevations. Unfortunately lockdown meant that we weren’t allowed to travel and were supposed to be staying at home....

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Walking Diffwys in the Rhinogs

Monday’s aren’t too bad really, especially when you can spend the day walking up Diffwys in the Rhinog mountains. We had an uneventful weekend. It was nice and I did manage to get out for a chilly and slightly damp bike ride on Saturday, followed by a surf ski. On Sunday it was time for...

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Walking in the Dyfi Hills

Making use of my Annual leave I spent much of Wednesday Walking in the Dyfi Hills. Thanks to all of the weirdness of 2020 I’ve almost made it to the end of the year without taking my full compliment of Annual Leave. I can’t usually take it in term time. There wasn’t enough time to...

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Pandemic Perambulation

With the lockdown still in full effect and a recovery day on the cards for me I decided to make the most of my allocated outdoor exercise with a nice easy walk. It was chilly in the breeze and there were April showers promised so I had a raincoat with me just in case as...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 7 – The Descent

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Barafu Camp to Mweka Gate Distance: 9.92 miles Starting Elevation: 4565m Ending Elevation: 1822 Total Climbing: 3m Total Descent: 2759m Highest Elevation: 5895m Total Time: 3:26:24 Moving Time: 3:14:48 Calories: 1186 Summit to Barafu Camp What goes up must come down, so after a little while at the summit, it was...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 6 – Summit Fever

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Barafu Camp to the Summit and back Distance: 7.55 miles Starting Elevation: 4573m Ending Elevation: 5895 Total Climbing: 1227m Total Descent: 1241m Highest Elevation: 5895m Total Time: 10:01:30 Moving Time: 4:03:24 Calories: 3207 After a few hours resting but not really sleeping I heard David’s familiar voice outside my tent whispering...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 5 – Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Distance: 2.28 miles Starting Elevation: 4033m Ending Elevation: 4573m Total Climbing: 460m Total Descent: 125m Highest Elevation: 4673m Total Time: 2:34;39 Moving Time: 1:33.01 Calories: 996 Oxygen Saturation at end of day: 82% Day 5 of our trek was billed as a short one. Just a...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 4 – Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp Distance: 3.73 miles Starting Elevation: 3975m Ending Elevation: 4033m Total Climbing: 450m Total Descent: 390m Highest Elevation: 4213m Total Time: 4:09:29 Moving Time: 1:57:189 Calories: 1271 Oxygen Saturation at end of day: 80% The main event today was the Baranco Wall. This for many is the...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 3 – Shira Caves to Baranco Camp

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Shira Cave to Baranco Camp Distance: 7.1 miles Starting Elevation: 3735m Ending Elevation: 3875 Total Climbing: 808m Total Descent: 650m Highest Elevation: 4498m Total Time: 7:08:19 Moving Time: 4:38:09 Calories: 1930 Oxygen Saturation at end of day: 80%% Today was split into two halves, A climb up to the Lava Tower...