I often get laughed at by members of the group for the sheer amount of kit I carry on walks in the Peak District or the Lakes or wherever, especially in Winter. Typically in my pack I'll have a 2-man mountain shelter/bothy, at least 2 extra layers to those I am already wearing, spare gloves, spare hat, spare socks, goggles and sunglasses, a first aid kit, a strobe, grippers/crampons, ice axe, spare batteries, map and compass, phone, ID, enough food for the day (and a night), fluids, and one or two other bits and bobs....of course in addition to my camera. It makes the bag heavy and often explains why I'm a bit slower than most, but to me this is the bare minimum I can get away with carrying. I have no idea what could happen during the day and having sprained my ankle badly on the very top of a mountain before, I know just how quickly you cool down and get very cold (even at the height of summer), that when still being mobile let alone immobile, and how long it can take to get down (The typical 1 hour decent took 4 hours). It would be very easy to lose the group in bad weather and if I did suffer a fall I may not even be reachable by the group. A fun day out can turn bad before you even know what has hit you.
So, it's little wonder why I get so annoyed with folks who complain of getting cold when we stop for a rest, simply because they do not have enough layers to put another one on, or they only have thin gloves, or they only brought half a sandwich because they don't eat very much (pet hate that one is), to know that in effect, I'm carrying all the stuff YOU need to survive...and I get laughed at. What would happen if you too had a simple fall and broke your leg, like Debbie did last year, not everyone is capable of carrying you down a mountain quickly like in that case. If you get cold just having your lunch, how cold will you get with a broken leg and the onset of shock?
Anyway, point to this post isn't about me moaning, but to encourage you all to read the following article, take note and learn from it, it might one day save your life...
Nottingham City Centre – Ceilidh – Saturday 14th March – 7.45pm – The Belgrave Rooms ,25 Goldsmith Street, NG1 5LB Nottingham
If you fancy a great night out - come and join us for some Scottish dancing (You don't need to wear a kilt) . You also don't need to know what to do, as a caller will explain the steps.
This is a great venue with a licensed bar and free parking if needed.
As this is a very popular event it's advised to buy advance tickets early. Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 at the door (limited ticket availability on the day). For tickets contact Schuggie on 07875718702 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please buy your own tickets for the event)
If you would like to join us please contact me either on 07881 9937 58 or via email@example.com ( so I can get an idea of numbers etc).
Weekend walks: This Sunday 1st March, Charlotte W and I are leading walks from LONGNOR, there are 9 and 15 scenic miles to choose from, highlights being the lovely Chrome and Parkhouse hills and there will be a pub stop at Earl Sterndale. Guaranteed to be a fun, wintry adventure. It would be great to see you there at 10-30am on Sunday. (liz)
Easter & Ullapool 'The Re-Load' at the Crafty Crow Nottingham Regular Meet 26/02/2015.
As you all think about coming out of Winter hibernation, how about 'living the dream' over the first two bank holidays of this year. Spaces are available on both the Easter Caernarfon trip (02/04/15 to 06/04/15) and our flagship week holiday in Ullapool incorporating the May bank holiday (02/05/15 to 09/05/15). Being longer trips than the usual weekend fare, there will be great opportunities to sample sea, sand, summits and sssss.....several miles of walking, or just take it easy for a day if you wish.
Both of these superb trips are get value for money being a snip at just £70 and £91 respectively. Also, the bargain price does not mean 'slumming it'. The accommodation is of a great standard for both trips.
Bookings will re-open for Easter (Caernarfon) at 8.30pm and Ullapool at 8.45pm.
Further details for both trips are available on the 'Weekends' section of the NDWG website.
Come on folks - life is too short for mowing the lawn, washing the car or decorating the spare room at bank holidays!