Esk Valley Loop

So an early start on Saturday saw us heading further afield into the North Yorkshire moors. 

The destination was Castleton Station over in Eskdale, North Yorkshire. The Esk Valley Loop is a famous walk around some beautiful places in the North Yorkshire moors. A ~16 mile loop, some of it along the old Esk Valley Railway

Although 16 mile is a lot of distance to cover, the walk is quite easy with the major incline towards the beginning and the rest just gradually swooping back down towards Castleton Moor Station. 

Roughly 6 mile into the walk you come across The Lion Inn. Situated just off the road is a beautifully set good ol’ English pub.

A quick pit stop in the form of a pint and we were back on our way. This time walking down the old railway track. This is where you can make up some ground from the pub pit stop as the paths are good. 

Following the maps and the GPS you do go a bit off road where the path is barely visable and your making your own way trying to avoid the boggy bits and across the fjord. 

There is plenty of moments around the Esk Valley Loop where you can just stop and take in the amazing views on offer of the moors. 

With the finish line in site you do have to walk on the road a bit (roughly 100 meters) but that’s all. 

Hopefully this walk will improve our fitness a bit ready for next weekends Cleveland Mountain Rescue Survival. Fingers Crossed!! 😆

Some Fitbit Data

Duration Steps Distance Pace Altitude Heart Rate
6h 12m 25s 35,061 16.18 Miles 23’01” 2,236 94 bpm

Mile Pace
1 22’40”
2 22’01”
3 21’45”
4 28’05”
5 22’44”
6 22’21”
7 18’57”
8 19’28”
9 18’53”
10 21’07”
11 32’26”
12 26’43”
13 21’01”
14 22’08”
15 23’59”
16 24’21”
0.17 20’41”

Drone: Infinity Bridge

So i hadn’t used the drone in a few weeks and in decided to stretch its legs.

It was late, but i had never flown the drone in the dark.

The DGI Phantom 3’s camera isn’t the best in the dark which i found out after recording this little montage but its not the worst drone footage….. is it ?

 

 

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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.