The Big Hospice Hike: Saturday 17th June

Those of you who like supporting good cases might be interested in the Big Hospice Hike , to support the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.

 

Grab your boots and get ready for our new challenge – the Big Hospice Hike. Not for the faint hearted, our 22-mile walk includes a climb up Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro.

Starting at Balmaha on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, the Big Hospice Hike will take you along a section of the West Highland Way to the village of Rowardennan, the starting point for the main path up Ben Lomond. You will begin your ascent up the mountain, which boasts spectacular views of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Once reaching the summit at 974m, you’ll descend and complete your challenge by walking back to the finish line at Balmaha.

About 1100 patients are cared for by the hospice each year and we are providing support for about 400 patients and family members at any one time. Our new challenge promises not only to be a rewarding experience for you but for our patients and families who will benefit from the funds raised. Teams, made up of friends, family or work colleagues, will all be walking … Why don’t you join them???

Your choices are:

1. Start at Balmaha and walk via the West Highland to Rowardennan where you’ll start your ascent of Scotland’s most southerly Munro – Ben Lomond. Once you’ve descended you’ll walk back to Balmaha where your challenge will conclude (22 miles). £30 registration fee applies. Minimum sponsorship £200.

2. If the 22-mile hike isn’t for you but you’re still keen to ‘bag a Munro’ and take in the fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond, you can sign up for the climb-only challenge, starting and ending in Rowardennan (7.5 miles). £20 registration fee applies. Minimum sponsorship £150.

Further Details here.

Winning The Battle Against Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

Chatting my friend Tony yesterday the subject of conversation turned to feet _ he’d been reading my recent TGO piece. He asked how my heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis) was at the moment. Well, the good news is that this is has not really been a problem for twelve months now. A lot of experimenting and following tips given by readers here seems to have made a big difference. Tony suggested writing about it.

So, here we go. These are some of the things that I’ve done which seem to help!

Edited 31 Jan 17

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A Day in Arctic Cold Warmed by Liberal Values

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I’ve written a lot about my love of the changing seasons here in the UK. Mind you I could just as much talk about changing days rather than seasons. Yesterday I was back on the same hill as I was about a week ago. Then the weather was mild and benign. Yesterday’s walk was a day slog through freezing fog all set against a cutting, icy, wind

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The Sprit of John Muir v. The Donald

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Although this is a hiking and trekking blog  the political world does make its appearance from time time. Today though is a first — the first time that Trump has appeared in these pages.

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Calling Routebuddy Users

Paging anyone who uses Routebuddy on a desktop machine — Windows or Mac OSX.

I am currently producing some video tutorials on using Routebuddy and am keen to test them with some beta test volunteers.

If you would like to help, please send an email just indicating whether you are a Windows or OSX user. Emails to:

rbeta@andyhowell.info

TGO Preparation 2017: Looking After Your Feet

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The PHD Sleep System

For some years now I have been utilising my down gear as a ‘sleep system’. UK manufacturers PHD have now produced their own complete system. This is not cheap but install might appeal to new TGO challengers who have yet to compete their kit (and who have a decent credit card limit).

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Paying the True Cost of Access?

For the last few days I have been following an online debate about the pros and cons of charging for access to the Snowdon munition in North Wales. This idea has come from members of the Farmer’s Union of Wales. predictably,t he idea has been rubbished by many outdoors enthusiasts but there are some very real issues for us to consider here.

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Quiet Hills But Not Alone

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