Squeezing it all in, reducing pack weight!
08/08/2018
Trip Plans

Squeezing it all in, reducing pack weight!

When I went out wild camping a few weeks ago with my pal, we walked 18 miles and the weight of the kit I was carrying left me with sore feet and legs. I’ve been trying to reduce my pack size and weight now for some time and for summer camps I think I’ve finally cracked it. I’ll be heading out to the Peak District to try the new pack load out. Read on to see what I’ve packed.

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Sorting my hydration system
06/08/2018
Trip Plans

Sorting my hydration system

I went out on a wild camp to Bamford Edge a few weeks ago with my friend. I was carrying 4 litres of water, which equates to 4kg in weight. That was on top of my camping and camera equipment so it made the total load a lot. So I’ve been looking at shaving some weight off my load and one way to to re-consider my hydration system.

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Everest Base Camp by my 50th!
05/03/2018
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Everest Base Camp by my 50th!

I’ve set myself some goals, to be achieved before my 50th birthday. One was to stop smoking, which I’ve achieved. Another was to complete an Everest Base Camp trek. It will be the hardest trek I’ll have ever completed but I would love to complete it!

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First camp of 2018! 2 Nights at Edale, 2 Hikes Planned
13/02/2018
Trip Plans

First camp of 2018! 2 Nights at Edale, 2 Hikes Planned

I’ve been trying to get a couple of days in at the Peak District since Christmas but work and families commitments scuppered those attempts. So this weekend, come hell or high water, I’m off to Edale for a couple of nights camping and I’ve planned two hikes to keep me busy during the daytime.

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My Favourite Camp Dish - Pan of Red
13/02/2018
Camping Food

My Favourite Camp Dish – Pan of Red

I like to have at least one decent hot meal a day when I’m out camping. I’ve used ration packs, gone to the local pub or cafe but my favourite is eating a Pan of Red under the stars, sat at the campfire. Can’t get any better!!

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Last hike and camp of 2017, can't wait!
03/12/2017
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Last hike and camp of 2017, can’t wait!

I’ve been wanting to get out for another hike and camp at the Peak District for a while now but work and family commitments have stopped me. So I’ve cleared my diary for next weekend and it’s going to be nippy!

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Bamford Edge walk with my daughter
30/10/2017
Trip Reports

Bamford Edge walk with my daughter

My eldest daughter and I set off for Bamford on Saturday morning. We had planned to camp overnight on a wild camp. It turned out to be a bit of an eventful trip. Read on to find out more.

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Attempt 2 for Bamford Wild Camp & Hike - Thanks to Storm Brian
24/10/2017
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Attempt 2 for Bamford Wild Camp & Hike – Thanks to Storm Brian

I was hoping to get out to the Peak District last weekend for a 1 night camp and hike around Bamford Edge and Ladybower Reservoir. I wanted some sunset/sunrise photos of the area. The weather wasn’t being kind though, so I’ve rescheduled for this weekend.

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My Winter Camping Kit List
21/10/2017
Trip Plans

My Winter Camping Kit List

The weather has taken a turn for the worse over the last month, so now is the time for me to start working on my winter camping kit list. With this list I travel heavier but I’d rather be lugging more than going cold!

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Trying out the new gimbal on my camera phone
16/10/2017
Video

Trying out the new gimbal on my camera phone

I’ve been using my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge to record video when I’m hiking. I don’t have a steady hand and the footage suffered as a result. So I’ve bought a Zhiyun Smooth Q gimbal stabiliser. Read on to see some test footage with the gimbal.

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Next Peak District trip planned, something different!
10/10/2017
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Next Peak District trip planned, something different!

On the 20th or 21st of October I’ll be leaving Doncaster for the Peak District, for a 1 night camp near Bamford. I’ll be taking the camera equipment and hopefully getting some great sunset and sunrise shots while I’m there.

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New bit of kit on the way, smoother videos
30/09/2017
Video

New bit of kit on the way, smoother videos

When I’ve been out walking I’ve taken some video snippets with my smartphone but the quality has been severely lacking, the video was wobbly at best and didn’t do justice at all to the scenes I was trying to capture. So I’ve ordered a new piece of kit to help with that, the Zhiyun Smooth-Q 3-Axis gimbal.

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Another 2 night camp at Edale done
24/09/2017
Trip Reports

Another 2 night camp at Edale done

Although the weather wasn’t looking great for photography, I wanted to have a weekend at Edale. I needed to seam seal my tent and test it out so I headed out on Friday and returned today.

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Plans for golden hour photography at Peak District
17/09/2017
Trip Plans

Plans for golden hour photography at Peak District

I’ve been to the Peak District a lot over the summer months, stopping for 1 or 2 night camps. The views I’ve seen are pretty damned good but I want better. I want to capture the views in the golden hours, sunset and sunrise.

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Peak District, 2 Peaks in September
10/09/2017
Trip Reports

Peak District, 2 Peaks in September

I set out at 0510 on Friday the 1st of September, for a 2 night camp at Fieldhead campsite at Edale in the Peak District I’d planned to walk Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, doing one a day.

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Snowdon Challenge
07/08/2017
Trip Reports

Snowdon Challenge

Earlier this year I set myself a challenge, I wanted to start on walking Snowdon, Ben Nevis and then Kilimanjaro, over 3 or 4 years. The first walk would be Snowdon. I decided to try and raise some funds for SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity by getting sponsorship to walk it.

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