Somewhere along the 18th mile of Rome Marathon the sensation of defeat hit me like a left hook to the jaw. What’s more this shot hit me in the Soul: down where it counts. Where it’s tricky to get at and fight back.
Despite battling on and completing the Marathon, the source of the defeat lay within the knowledge I hadn’t given it all in my preparations. I hadn’t sufficiently focused my attentions to any one thing but let a host of interests compete for the scraps of time I could provide.
I swore on those marvellous streets of Rome that I’d focus on doing more with less next season…. That I’d focus on putting a bit of magic into more focused efforts. At the end of the year it’s time to see what needs dumped from the Rucksack of Life.
Having been asked to cover someone’s late shift at work on Thursday, I decided my new found freedom on Thursday morning should be used for something worthwhile. In no time at all a camp was arranged at the shelter stone at Ben Crom, with Spud, Oisin and John. The weather looked set to make a fantastic camp.
A sneak peak at later on
This is a collection of photos I’ve taking over the last couple of years. Since doing my mountain leader course it opened my eyes to the somewhat overlooked Flora and Fauna beneath our feet. Reference book used was Nature of … Continue reading
After months of hiking to camp with a heavy pack every time I saw the hills, it was time for a proper day walk with a lighter weight. I spoke to my friend Chris and we decided on a circuit around Silent Valley, taking in Carn and Muck en route.
We arrived at Silent Valley car park quite late at around 13:25 and knew our route would involve some night hiking. I threw on my new Aclimatise Osprey jacket, eager to test it in the colder temperatures – and we set off.
Ready to set off
It’s not every day that your faith is restored and rewarded by a magical walk through the mountains, but Tuesday was one of those days.
With just a few hours of work left, I smiled with glee at the adventure we had planned for ourselves that evening. Customers commented at how happy I was, but they were unaware that I had the mountains on my mind, and a healthy workout in natures gym.
The Zephyros 2 is a great tent for those who are getting more serious about their camping and hiking pursuits. This tent offers a light-weight, affordable option, for both backpackers and hikers, and can stand up to most weather conditions.
Having owned a Wild Country Zephyros 2 for over 8 months I have finally got around to reviewing its performance. The Wild Country Zephyros 2 is based on the Terra Nova Laser Competition design and is very similar, which is no surprise when you take into consideration the fact that Wild Country tents are the little sister company of Terra Nova.
With just a few hours to spare on Thursday evening, Spud and I ventured towards the Mournes. It was 8pm, and Spud’s car smelled of the bacon and potato dinner that he had hastily eaten in order get on the way towards the hills.
Our plan this evening was basically just to put in a couple of hours hill time and stretch the legs, and with that in mind we parked our car at the Cecil Newman car park and made our way onto the Trassey track. As usual Spud set our pace at around 5 KM an hour, which nicely warmed us up, as we made our way into he darkness. Continue reading
John has been in and taken some great photos in the Mourne mountains over the years. Check out this gallery for more:
I was in need of a camera that I could take to the hills and use in all conditions. So the hunt began for a waterproof/shockproof/freezeproof camera that would stand up to the worst weather.
Like you are doing now, I read many reviews and looked at many sample images before going ahead and buying a camera. In the end I settled for this camera because of the great price and features. Yes there are many other cameras that have twice as many features and twice the price, and I looked at these too. In the end I was rational and decided that I would rather buy a cheaper camera and have more money to spend on hiking and camping equipment.
I’ll be reviewing this with a very outdoor orientated use, hopefully you still can find some use from it. I also own a DSLR camera, but when it comes to taking pictures on the move when in the hills, this is my go to choice, every single time.
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