A year as a Mountain Rescue trainee

I spent Saturday evening high up on the moors of the North Pennines in driving rain and strong winds trying to find small features in the dark using only a map and compass. There were no paths to follow, so we waded through knee deep heather, bogs and streams hoping that after pacing 800m onContinue reading “A year as a Mountain Rescue trainee”

The Cheviot and back to Teesdale

Two very different walks this week, but variety is good. On Thursday I went to Northumberland for the first time in many years for a long walk with my brother Jim. He was wearing trainers and a lightweight rucksack, prepared to walk as fast as he could. I was as usual in my heavy bootsContinue reading “The Cheviot and back to Teesdale”

Fendrith Hill and Chapel Fell Top

Lockdown v2 is giving me an excellent excuse to explore my local hills a bit more. I’m ashamed to say that although I know the Lakes like the back of my hand, I rarely visit the remote hills in Teesdale and the North Pennines. There is a good reason for this – long walks overContinue reading “Fendrith Hill and Chapel Fell Top”