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Hiking, backpacking, trekking, mountaineering...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Col_M, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Street

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,174

    Location: Liverpool

    I use one of the old Petzl Tikkas, not sure which one but it takes AAA. I use Eneloop rechargeables in it. I keep a spare set in my pack and make sure the ones in the torch are freshly charged and have never had a problem in low temperatures.
     
  2. thegreysquirrel

    Gangster

    Joined: Dec 1, 2017

    Posts: 121

    The Petzl Tikka is not USB but rather has the option to insert a battery (Petzl Core) that is recharged via USB. It takes 3x AAA batteries like most other ones. I have the green tikka pictured a few posts back with the red light option and love it. I use it for running at night in the countryside and it's fine for that. Doesn't project much but gives a nice flood of light for the first 20ft or so.
     
  3. WoodyUK

    Soldato

    Joined: Dec 29, 2009

    Posts: 6,234

    Hey there,

    Just after a few quick footwear suggestions really.

    Recently started walking in an attempt to get my active levels up as I have quite a sedentary job, first thing I need is suitable footwear where I'm not going to get wet feet or be slipping in wet grass/mud etc.

    Relatively low budget for now but will happily spend much more down the line if I know I'm going to keep up with it.

    What's out there for the sort of £50-60 range?
     
  4. Dup

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 10, 2006

    Posts: 9,821

    Location: East Lancs

    Sprts Direct can be good for some offers on walking boots. Salomon boots for ~£60 aren't bad, in fact they're my go-to. I'd rather ruin £60 boots up the mountains and replace after a couple years then over spend and ruin them anyway. But for more casual stuff they are up to the task. They also do cheaper Karrimor stuff. Just make sure what you buy deffo states it is waterproof and breathable, not everything is.
     
  5. Yadda

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 2,153

    Location: Baa

    Lots of lovely fresh snow on the mountains, right down to the foothills. I'll be doing my annual pilgrimage in the coming days - Ogwen to the coast, over the Carneddau. Marvellous
     
  6. Street

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,174

    Location: Liverpool

    I'm heading over this Sunday. I was hoping to have a play on something on the Trinity Face or Clogwyn Du, but it's looking like the gullies are loaded with unconsolidated powder at the moment. Need a few freeze thaws to settle things down. Someone was a bit eager to get on one of the Trinity gullys yesterday despite the conditions and got avalanched on. Hopefully it doesn't all get washed away again though and we actually get a good winter season in Wales this year!

    For most things I wear Innov8 Roclite 315s. Check out Sport Shoes as you can grab last seasons colours for about £60 instead of the usual full price. Worth checking out if they fit your feet.
     
  7. Yadda

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 2,153

    Location: Baa

    Good stuff, yes indeed. I won't be doing anything too adventurous - just a slog over the tops, taking in Pen Yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Llewelyn, Foel Grach, Carnedd Uchaf (Gwenllian), Bera Bach etc. The riskiest thing I plan to do is eating baked beans in the snow. :)
     
  8. Street

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,174

    Location: Liverpool

    Sounds good, make sure you get some pics! :) You doing it over a couple days?
     
  9. Yadda

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 2,153

    Location: Baa

    Cheers, I don't usually carry any photo gear with me - I get too distracted and end up chasing photo's instead of enjoying the walk - but we'll see, I might take the little Fuji.

    I do it in a day, setting off early with enough time to easily complete before dark, all being well (touch wood).
     
  10. Street

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,174

    Location: Liverpool

    Ah yeh, just looked and it's about 12 miles across. I've always had it in my head that the Carneddau were longer. I guess it's because I've never been further north than Foel-fras.. I really should go and explore that bit!
     
  11. Yadda

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 2,153

    Location: Baa

    Yes, about 12 miles all told. Coming down the north side is a nice walk, whether you finish in Rachub or Abergwyngregyn. A very good chance of seeing the wild ponies too, they're often on the lower northern foothills.
     
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  12. robj20

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

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    Location: Manchester

    Anyone here done the Ullswater way. Wanting to tick it off my list shortly. Given myself 10 hours which should allow a nice slow pace of 30min/mile. Should easily be able to beat that though depends how many photos i stop to take.
     
  13. stockhausen

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 30, 2006

    Posts: 9,254

    I have done bits and pieces but never the whole thing. What I have done is fairly straightforward but as I recall, in a few places it can be a wee bit "slippery".

    Since I plan to do it in the Summer Holidays I will be very interested in and look forward to your feedback - good luck :)

    EDITED: Incidentally, there is a .GPX and a MemoryMap file HERE - although you shouldn't need either.
     
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  14. robj20

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Manchester

    Already did myself a gps route, gives me ETAs if nothing more, i know its well marked. Hopefully do it early April, depends on the weather.
     
  15. robj20

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Manchester

    Well did the Ullswater way at weekend, just under nine hours so happy with that, could easily do it faster but it would have been a shame to not stop and take in the views now and again.

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    Glad i chose the day i did as well, stunning weather, bright clear skies and not too warm.
    In hindsight i took far too much gear with me as well, i didn't need either my waterproof or my hoodie, i did forget my suncream and hat though the lakes love to keep you guessing when it comes to the weather.

    I wore my boots for the first half from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding via Aira Force as that's the steep bits, then i swapped to trail shoes.
    Glad i did it the way round as well anti-clockwise from Pooley Bridge, gets all the steep bits done first.
     
  16. stockhausen

    Capodecina

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    Congratulations - lucky you!

    The weather looks to have been fantastic - that's what happens when you carry wet weather gear ;)
     
  17. steve45

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 10, 2006

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    Location: Catterick/Dundee

    I was up in the lakes last week too, wasnt so lucky with the weather...
    we got there just after the big snow dump.
    Plan was for Helvellyn, Scafell and Skiddaw. Unfortunately we only got near the top of Helvellyn. Had I been on my own I'd have pushed on, but there were quite a few completely inexperienced people in the group. After encountering the snow and full winter conditions above 600/700m decided it best to err on the side of caution, sacked off the idea of the other two peaks, instead we headed down into ambleside had a cuppa, then headed up round fairfield horseshoe, still had a great walk and everyone returned safely.

    As you can see didnt quite have the blue skies and blazing sun...
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  18. stockhausen

    Capodecina

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    Were you planning to do all three peaks in one go or over the weekend?

    Catterick huh? Do you wear Altbergs?
     
  19. steve45

    Mobster

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    Location: Catterick/Dundee

    All three in one day, driving between, I'll head up on my own another time.

    For work yeah. Up in the hills? No, I prefer Salomons, the fit and feel are so much more comfortable for my weird feet. I wear X-Alp MTN GTX majority of the time, in summer/hotter conditions I wear Quest 4d GTX or XA Pro 3D GTX.
     
  20. Rexton

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 2, 2009

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    Location: UK

    Did Snowdon via South ridge and Ygarn too last year. Looking forward to doing Scafell Pike in 2 weeks and hopefully Ben Nevis during the Summer :)