Food for the Snowdonia Way

In two days I set out walking north, so last night I finally sorted out my food.

Last week, I finished work on a newDIY food bag in a lovely shade of shocking pink.

All set and ready to go – sic days food. Done.

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Snow Day

Last Wednesday, we had a dusting of snow in Torquay and with an amber “be prepared” weather warning for SW England for Thursday, the school I work in was closed for Thursday, as were most schools in the area.

Come Thursday morning the snow had yet to arrive, but by 10am the first flakes were falling and by 4pm a good 15-20cm had fallen.

By now we had a red weather warning in place for the SW and the village had been cut off; so there was nothing to do but head out for a walk.

Come Friday, the trampoline in the back garden had a good 50cm of snow#, which just had to be jumped into.

Snowdonia Way here I come

With the Easter break approaching, my wife is going to the the children to visit in-laws for a while, giving me a week to head to Wales and walk the Snowdonia Way. Can’t wait to go.

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Although I had planned a summer trip, when the weather would have been a fair bit warmer, beggars must be choosers and it’s not often that I get a week away, so I am grabbing the opportunity with both hands.

Expecting cold, rain and loads of fun!

The R1 Pack – version 0.1

Sometimes ago, I decided I wanted to have a go at making my own pack which, with a nod to the great Glenn Van Peski of Gossamer Gear, I am grandly called the R1!

A lot of the inspiration came from a video I watched on Scott and Genevieve’s YouTube channel.



Having bought some frame components from zPacks, I set about making a prototype in Tyvek cloth. This worked out quite well, but I was not happy with the frame system, which seemed too flimsy for my purposes.

To this end I have started on a second prototype which will have an internal frame. Really looking forward to seeing how this one works out!

A ridgeline amble

Two week ago, I took my daughter and her Panda on their first microadventure on Dartmoor.

Two years previously, we complete our first family microadventure, whcih took place a year before that the first Dad and Lad microadventure complete with light-sabre!

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Last weekend, was my chance to visit some of the places we’d used for these outings during a very pleasant ridge line amble about some of Dartmoor’s northern Tors.

Following the path where we camped for our family microadventure two years ago, I made my way along the ridge over Belstone Common.

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Past the site of the first Dad and Lad microadventure.

Next, I stopped at Oak Tor to cook a meal, a delicious homemade concoction of cous-cous and polenta, flavoured with a spiced olive oil. Something to savour in the sunshine, in complete contrast to my last visit to this tour during a mid-winter trip in December, three years ago, when the overnight the temperature dropped to -8 degrees C.

After, I continued my way south, I collected water from gorge, which i managed to cross keeping my feet dry, before climbing Sterpton Tor, making camp just as the sun set spectacularly to the South.

The moon that night was spectaculalry full, but sadly few stars could be seen because of the cloud, nevertheless,by morning, The sun rose next morning just after 4am and I was up not long after.

Dropping down into the valley, I crossed eh rover by the ruins of the old tinner’s hut before climbing up to Hound Tor and Cosdon Hill, then heading back to the car a Belstone.

A lovely quick and rewarding trip.