It was time for a walk. I needed to think on recent family matters and autumnal exercise was required. I headed to the North Downs prepared to do battle with mud while labouring up a couple of modestinclines.
The North Downs of South-East England offered recently unexercised muscles the perfect antidote. An opportunity to find a variety on my not-so-local local walk and think a little while walking the paths through trees and fields. Family loss has visited recently and I realise I am simply one of many to experience this. An outward gruff and accepting exterior would benefit from physical expression, albeit a simple walk that provided time for thinking, as opposed to simply sitting and morosing.
I stood atop the North Downs with the Weald of Kent stretching left, right and ahead. At this times of year the days are short and the light was already fading. Pin pricks of light would soon be appearing in a hundred distant unseen homes. A cold wind rolling up the slopes bought tears to my eyes. I wiped them clear and turned inland for the two mile woodland walk back to my car.
This is an update on the progress that Tyler Reeves is making in further reducing the size and weight of his home-grown pad inflator. It isn't available yet, and may differ substantially from the prototype shown here, but watch this space...
It is three years since I did a dedicated post on the electronic gear I carry on backpacking trips, so here is the 2023 update. Do note that this selection is peculiar to me. I am a UK lightweight backpacker who still enjoys a bit of luxury. As always, there is also a little experimentation underway at present so one item at least will be dropped later in the year.
Three Points of the Compass looks at three similar remote canister stoves from Fire Maple- the FMS-117T Blade, FMS-117H Blade 2 and FMS-118 Volcano. These stoves range from three-season, to lightweight four-season, to heavier weight four-season options. There isn't a bad stove amongst them.
Few UK backpackers and wildcampers will be unaware of the recent furore surrounding the incredible, unfathomable, decision in the courts that wildcamping is not recreation, so should be banned on Dartmoor. Three Points of the Compass had hoped we might slowly be moving toward increased access to, and enjoyment of, outdoor spaces. Instead, we are headed in the opposite direction. Protest, action, share, fund, or at least talk about it
Three Points of the Compass likes to have an idea of the temperature on trail. Just how hot was that sweltering climb up? How much did it dip below zero in the small hours? Most little thermometers are pretty useless. Difficult to read, wildly inaccurate, easily broken, stupidly expensive or cheap and nasty. I may have found the answer...
A look at the medal awarded to successful participants in the Marche Européenne du Souvenir et de l'Amitié (MESA), an annual four-day international 'march' that remembers war time operations in the Ardennes region during World War II.
Thank you for sharing this. My mother went through it. My late wife struggled with cancer and severe rheumatoid arthritis. You and your family did everything that could be done.
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Beautifully written.It brought back so many memories.
Thank you for sharing.
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