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Friday, 8 June 2012

Backpacking the easier way

Following JP's comment on the last post here is the pic.

I was on my walk of the French Gorges in 2007. The Llamas are quite big out there; the one carrying my kit was following on behind.


8 comments:

The Crow said...

Well done, Sir Hugh - very well done!

Sir Hugh said...

Crow - It's great to hear from you again - are you in a position to resume posting? I keep having a look.

The Crow said...

Not yet; but soon, I hope. I'm sneaking this in at work.

Loved the picture of Katie a couple of posts ago. What a sweetie-pie!

welshpaddler said...

I can detect cabin fever with too much time being spent in front of the magic box and photoshop!

I have every sympathy!

welshpaddler said...

I can detect cabin fever with too much time being spent in front of the magic box and photoshop!

I have every sympathy!

Sir Hugh said...

Welshpaddler - I am getting out for a short walk each day, but not able to drive means I have to set off and return by the same route every time. Although I live in a pleasant location this tends to be a bit tedious, but I am extending my range bit by bit beyond the initial two kilometres there and back, so it won't be long before there are boring photos of hills, usually in mediocre weather, instead of jolly cartoons

It seems the hit rate on my blog has increased since I started producing this cabin fever induced material.

welshpaddler said...

You seem to be getting there, wherever that may be. But hard when so close to the fells!

Spent some time in a bike emporium today, lots of shiny toys! Staff were helpful. Still considering a hybrid, but need to ensure I can go on low level off road as well as roads.

My other interest is canoeing and trying to advise friends what open boat to buy can be difficult. A boat for each ripple.

Keep making progress.

Bob

Sir Hugh said...

Welshpaddler - Hi Bob. Mountain bike or hybrid?

Like you with your canoe advice this is a difficult question.

Having transferred from mountain to hybrid I would say that improvement on the road is overwhelming. The small amount of off-road I have done with the hybrid indicates to me that modest tracks are feasible, but much more care is needed than with the mountain bike.

One way to decide is to estimate what proportion of each terrain you are likely to tackle. For me I had decided that my future cycling would major on quiet tarmac, but with some off-road now and again.

If you look at my post for 28th April : “Yorkshire Dales Cycling” there is a pic of the Roman road I descended, which was partly wet with a surface of loose stones, but fairly even, and I reckon this is about as much as I would want to tackle with the hybrid. I have no regrets about choosing the hybrid. I hope these observations are helpful rather than confusing you further.