Chop Gate to Osmotherley Walk

So today me and @Cadab decided to go and do a point to point walk from Chop Gate to Sheepwash (Osmotherley).

This was one of the first point to point walk that we did across the cleveland way. We parked at Clay Bank car park and got picked up over at Sheepwash car park. It was a cold start to the day, but the weather opened up over the moors. There was numerous ascents and descents but nothing to challenging.

Cairn

We started our hike at 8:31 am and our total duration was 3hr 30mins.

Here is some data tracked from my Fitbit.

Duration Steps Distance Pace Altitude Heart Rate
3h 29m 01s 20,087 9.0 Miles 23’13” 2,210 93 bpm


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Climbing Carrauntoohil

Im not the best at stringing sentences together so here is a little write-up of mine and @Cadab’s climb of Carrauntoohil, County Kerry, Ireland.

An early start on a cold November friday saw us heading to Leeds Bradford Airport to catch our cheap Ryanair flight to Dublin. We arrived in Dublin around 7.30 and had collected our hire car by 8.00.

Once we had picked up some supplies from a local Tesco (water, fruit, sandwiches and treats) and then a quick McDonalds breakfast we embarked on our 4 hour, 207 mile (333 km) drive to Carrauntoohil.

Climbing Carrauntoohil

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Volvo L350f Front Loader

Title – Volvo L350f Front Loader
Build Time – 7 hours
Pieces – 1,636
Purchased – 7th November, 2015
FlickR Linkhttps://flic.kr/s/aHskoZ2osa
Lego Linkhttp://shop.lego.com/en-GB/Remote-Controlled-VOLVO-L350F-Wheel-Loader-42030

The Volvo l350f Wheel Loader is one of Volvos biggest front loaders.

Weighing in at nearly 50 tonnes, producing 560 horse power and lifting up to 15 tonnes per bucket load. This is an enormous machine and The Lego Group decided to make a fitting replica.


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Snowdon: What we did

The second highest peak in the UK. The highest peak in Wales and England.

Snowdon stands at a proud 3,560 ft (1,085 meters) above sea level. On average 360,000 people summit Snowdon every year!

On the 17th of October we wanted to add 2 more people onto the total.

Snowdon Route MapThere are numerous ways to attack the summit depending on your conditions and what suits you most. Visit Snowdon is full of information regarding the mountain and providing information regarding routes and weather updates.

Our route started at Pen-Y Pass and up Pyg Track. This is the express route as we started the climb at 12:30pm and we didn’t want to get stranded when the sun went down. The climb started fairly easy which was a surprise for us both with some slight inclines, then a nice flat plain with a few more inclines. It was only the latter part of the climb where it started to become difficult with us doing more climbing and the odd bit of scrambling.

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Climbing Ben Nevis

I’ve always wanted to challenge myself and see how far I could push myself to do something. I guess we all do in different ways. Some of us compile bucketlists which consist of challenges and accomplishments of what they want to do before there time is up.

I’ve done this and number #3 on my bucketlist (http://bonxy.info/bucketlist) was to climb a mountain.

Ben Nevis

  • The tallest mountain in the UK
  • 4,600 ft high.
  • An average round trip of 15 miles.
  • 110,000 people summit Ben Nevis every year.
  • Part of the Three Peaks challenge.

Most people you speak to know about Ben Nevis. It’s not the hardest mountain to climb. A lot of it is designated footpaths with some routes harder than others. There is no time restrictions and you can stop as much as you like. I saw a wide range of people the day I climbed from 6 to 60 years old.

Some people treated it just like a walk. Not me. 

The first 1000ft of the walk was fine. Small inclines, some big steps to climb up. Easy. It wasn’t until we made our first stop that we felt the strain.

Prior to this I had done zero training. I’d say I’m an active person, I have an active job where I’m moving around average 13,000 steps a day (Tracked via my Fitbit) and have done a few long walks on weekends. We stopped plenty of times on the way up drinking plenty of water and eating snacks to give us energy. The clouds where low the day we climbed which created a nice drizzle in the air which helped us cool a lot faster (We got over halfway up Nevis in just a t-shirt).

Once reaching the 8 switchbacks we knew this is when the proper climbing started.

Welcome, Charge HR

Resting HR StatsSo after owning my Fitbit Flex since March ’14 and accumulating a mass total of 2,817,405 steps equating to nearly 1,500 miles i have decided to upgrade to a new type of wearable tech.

Sticking with Fitbit as i like there style of products and there website / app i upgraded to the Charge HR. The HR standing for Heart Rate!

Yes, ive been waiting for this little gadget to be released for about 6 months now. The Charge HR’s smaller brother, The Charge was released back in November ’14 and it was crammed with some new cool features.

Crammed with features such as;

  • All day active tracking including steps, calories, floors climbed and active minutes
  • A smart OLED display which display modes, date and time and stats
  • On screen caller ID which connects VIA bluetooth to your smartphone
  • A excellent 7 – 10 days battery life
  • Auto sleep detection with silent alarms

The Charge HR does have a shorter predicted battery life as it supplies continuous heart rate tracking 24 hrs a day.

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Brands Hatch Meet

So a few a weeks I took the Mini to the first meet of 2014.

Brands Hatch was the location.

It was the Mini championships so i got to chill out in the sunshine and attempt to take photos of cars all day!

Lego Simpsons House

Title – Simpsons House
Build Time – 8 hours
Pieces – 2,523
Purchased – 1st June, 2014
FlickR Linkhttps://flic.kr/s/aHsjZwysGP
Lego Linkhttp://shop.lego.com/en-GB/The-Simpsons-House-71006

So as soon as i heard the news that Lego where going to release a Simpsons House model i knew i would have to buy it.

The build took me about 8 hours in total over 4 days. There was so much detail in every room. I was surprised at how well it resembled the one that i had seen on TV pretty much all my life.

The set wasnt just the house, it was a lot more. There was plenty of other accessories that you see on the program as well. The car, mailbox, BBQ, skate ramp, sun loungers and many more.

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Its A Digger…

Title – Lego Excavator
Build Time – 5 hours
Pieces – 1,123
Purchased – 8th November, 2013
FlickR Linkhttps://flic.kr/s/aHsjM8Wsu7
Lego Linkhttp://shop.lego.com/en-GB/Excavator-42006

So this is my third Lego Technic build and is model 42006. (You can see all my lego builds here: http://bonxy.info/?tag=lego)

So i bought this a few months ago. I really enjoyed this build and i think this model is a bit more functional than your everyday tow truck.

Lego Excavator

Lego Excavator
I personally didnt think the tracks would work to well on this model but i was wrong. They took a while and where a bit fiddly to put together but they make the model totally unique.

There is 2 switches for gear selection at the back of the model.
– One controls the top boom forward and backwards motion, flick it the other way and it controls the bottom boom.
– The second controls the opening and closing of the claw which has a really strong grip which i proved by lifting cans up off the side of the sofa! 😀

Lego Excavator Lego Excavator
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