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Saturday, 2 February 2008

Extreme (ish) Sledging

Short video sequence from a sledging trip to Kirkstone Pass - January 2008, Not that much snow, but you can still have a bit of fun!


video

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Saturday, 26 January 2008

Free Tea Cake in Yorkshire Cafe Shock

Such an unusual event I though I better record it! A cool windy circuit around Ingleton, Dentdale and Barbondale from Lancaster saw us dropping in at Stone Close Cafe, Dent.

Not only free but big!

After a couple of weeks of pretty poor weather getting out on a long ride was great. Even saw some Alpacas! We did however fail to extract any useful information about a new cave from a member of the Misty Mountain Mud Miners who we "met"!


Alpacas in Dentdale


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Sunday, 23 December 2007

Crisp and reasonably even - Kentmere MTB


The last day of a 10 day high pressure spell meant John and myself had to make the most of the opportunity. So a quick 2 hour circuit around Kentmere on a quiet Friday morning was the choice. A few technical bits of ice dodging were required, and on one bit John broke through the ice into the mud below and did a front end dismount as his foront wheel staying in the "crem brulee" style
bog!

VIEW VIDEO CLIP HERE

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Sunday, 2 December 2007

Windsurfing (minus wind and surf)

getting to grips with my new "rig"

Coniston on a wet December, rain, no wind, cold - this is reality

Living close to one of the windiest coasts in the UK this seems like a good hobby to pursue, although lying in bed at 8 am listening to the rain drumming on the roof I was having second thoughts. Still by 10am John was helping me put together the mysterious range of parts that make a "rig" up (see I'm learning the lingo!). Despite forgetting some vital bits it all seemed to fit, John bought some spares that made up for my early morning kit packing errors. (note to myself my hands were frozen already so must get some wetsuit gloves! ) Windsurfing was a bit of a misnomer, no wind and certainly no surfing. More like board balancing which is tricky after a gap of about 20 years. Still eventually I got out into the lake and started to get the feel of it a bit. John shouting "sail forward, feet back, sheet in" etc. John later described windsurfing at Roe Island near Barrow, where he had got up to around 40mph the day before; 5mph tidal flows, 20 knots of wind, rocks, mud, other windsurfers coming 40mph in the opposite direction, etc. I feel a long way of that!

I also thought windsurfing was a simple hobby, just you, a board and sail, out in the wind. I was mistaken, you also need a few other bits and pieces, see picture below.


John and his "rigs". Plus the most important bit of kit, a great big van to carry it all in

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Monday, 26 November 2007

Winter Birds

I'd heard that Starlings can arrive in big numbers in the reed beds at Leighton Moss - certainly a sight worth seeing. We saw a few big groups, couple of times they flew right overhead with a loud noise of 1000's of beating wings! We'll go again in a few weeks to look again I think as the numbers should increase. Also there is a tame robin, it will even eat out of your hand, apparently it's quite famous!


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