Discussion in 'Intros & Welcomes' started by Shewie, Jun 16, 2014.
Welcome aboard Rob
Welcome to the forum Rob
Hi Rob, welcome!
Where do you mostly walk?
Hi Rob and welcome
It is a great group here. Welcome.
I'm from Shropshire so spent a lot of time when i was younger hiking around the Shropshire hills (Also in scouting for 13 years). I now live down in Winchester and only really manage day trips for the time being as i work nights but looking to get back into hiking more and plan some 3-7 night hikes to walk next year with my girlfriend. Want to get a lighter 2 man tent and a few more bits of gear between us and maybe try the south downs way.
Finally got round to registering - been an occasional lurker for a wee while.
Looks like a great site.
I've been an infrequent stravaiger for a bit over a decade - did a bit of hill-walking prior to that point.
Work and young family mean that I usually only get away once or twice a year. Being based in Orkney means it takes best part of a day to get anywhere, and a day to get home. Still, manage to cram as much as I can into four-day trips. Spend a lot of my limited time away wandering about Sutherland. Use public transport for pretty much all my walking - which generally makes for more interesting trips. As likely to be found wandering in lonely corries as highest peaks.
Still struggling to define the words 'luxury' + 'necessity'.
Orrkney is a pretty good place for getting out and about even if multi-day treks might be a bit limited .
I had a week over there 2 years ago and had several lovely walks and there's plenty of places I didn't have time to see . Sanday in particular was on my list but the ferry timetable (and weather) made it difficult.
And Sutherland …… many folks on here would 'kill' to have such a 'wild' and wonderful place so near
Having grown up in Sanday I'm a tad biased, but it's def the finest island...... in my humble opinion!
It's great that despite living most my life here there are still places I've never been to. My current job gets me out and about a fair bit and it's always a treat when you realise 'Oh, I've never seen this view before!'
I do love Sutherland, but limited public transport does still make it a bit of a slog to get anywhere. Kinbrace is a pretty good starting point when it's weather for taking the bike, and in the right conditions (dry or frozen) Forsinard's not bad for yomping off from on foot. Both are just a little over 4hrs door-to-door - which is pretty close at hand by our standards!
It seems that outdoorsmagic
It seems that the OutdoorsMagic forum of which I've been a long-time member, has disappeared after a long and painful death so I've come here for my outdoor kicks. I'm pleased to recognize some of your members who transferred their affections before me.
About me. I’m eighty-six years old and have been a walker and backpacker for most of my life. My first backpacking trip, in the wilds of the Surrey Hills was, at the age of fifteen, in 1947.
I was a librarian for some thirty years but gradually morphed into an outdoor writer and professional walks guide and took early retirement to concentrate on my walking activities. I was an early contributor to The Great Outdoors and was, for a time, its gear correspondent.
I was recruited by Wilderness Travel, one of America’s leading adventure travel companies, to set up its first British walking tours and led most of the itineraries for twenty years. Altogether, I’ve walked Wainwright’s Coast to Coast forty-eight times, the Pennine Way six times, and the Southwest Coast path twice, as well as most of the National Trails.
I’ve written numerous footpath guides but I’m most proud of The Encyclopaedia of Walking and Backpacking and The Walker’s Handbook; everything you need to know about walking in the British Isles which is now in its fifth edition.
I’m a Life Member of the Ramblers but I never walk with them.
Arthritis in my ankles means that my mountain days are over but I still get intense pleasure in 10-mile walks around my home in the East Devon AONB.
There’s more information on my website http://walkwithwestacott.com
If I can still be knocking out 10 mile rambles at 86yrs I will be 'a very happy bunny'
That's some resume!
Hi, and welcome.
The West Country seems to have a lot of walkers on here!
Hi and welcome aboard, great intro
Maybe it's because if you're an enthusiastic walker/hiker then the SW is one of the better bits of England to live ?
I've been lurking around for a while and thought I had better do an introduction.
I feel a bit of a fraud being here as I always seem to have a pack much heavier than most, although in my defense an ice axe and crampons regularly feature in my kit list.
We, my wife and I, have crossed the Pyrenean Haute Route twice and last year crossed the Alps by way of the Via-Alpina (Trieste to Menton) in 94 days, camping nearly every night.
Pretty broken at the moment, achilles!!, but planning plenty of shorter adventures this year and something maybe a bit more exotic next.
Looking forward to being part of this
Hi and welcome Nick, sounds like you've had a few adventures
Are you justanothertrail Nick?
If so, Fraud?! yeah right
Yep that's me only getting heavier
Welcome to the forum Hugh and Nick
I followed your Via-Alpina journey last year in Instagram, pretty eventful weather I seem to remember, and comedy ankle tanlines by the end. Great stuff.
Intensity of ankle tan lines is always a good indicator of a successful summer hiking trip
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