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  • Paul S
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    Backpacks and blisters - the walking thread

    I walked the TGO Challenge again this year walking from Kilchoan on the west coast to St Cyrus on the east coast. When I did it I first walked west and managed to stand at Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly part of mainland Britain. I had a terrific walk which just got better and better as the two weeks went on. Now though it's time for another walk and I'm off to do the Kintyre Way in a few weeks time. It's a 100 mile long distance path stretching all the way down the Mull of Kintyre. I was hoping to do a week starting the SouthWest Coast Path but the dry weather has forced me up north to rather cooler climes. It enables me to visit the village of Southend (I often wonder if there post ever goes via Essex before arriving with them) and also to bag the summer only Campbeltown - Ardrossan ferry although buying a sail-rail ticket for this service is proving problematic. If I successfully complete the Kintyre Way it'll be my 20th long distance walk.

    Anyone else interested in walking?

  • Sits
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    Good work Paul, hope your tooth gets sorted.

    Any sign of the guy with seven wives?

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  • Nocturnal Submission
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    Nice photos chaps.

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  • Paul S
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    I've finished walking Bude to St Ives but unfortunately the last couple of days have been marred by toothache. I saw seals with two pups on the rocks below, the pups were still white. Hayle estuary is fantastic but St Ives is full of tourists so I didn't stay long. Back in February for another week on the path.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Took time off the beach for a hike in the mountains of Gran Canaria...Incredible experience!

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  • Paul S
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    Porthcothan to Holywell today, 16 miles through Newquay and a crossing of the beautiful Gannel estuary. At low tide you use a bridge and then climb across the sand to Crantock. Windy weather today and a bit exposed on the cliff tops but I just focused on the path and kept going.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    Awful news TAB, it can happen so quickly up there...

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  • Paul S
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    Dreadful news TAB.

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  • elguapo4
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    Sorry to hear that TAB.

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  • Gangster Octopus
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    Horrible news Colm.

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  • Sits
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    Yes, same here TAB thatís tragic.

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  • Nocturnal Submission
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    Originally posted by The Awesome Berbaslug!!! View Post
    I suppose this is the thread to mention it, but the person who introduced both Garcia and myself to this board, (a poster who went by the name of thunderclap newman, among other names that I can't remember) fell and hit his head while hiking in the comeragh mountains, He seems to have died nearly instantly. He and his wife were both Psychiatrists, and they were living down near where I came from, because it was halfway between where they worked. He was a lovely sweet, thoughtful considerate humane man, who managed to wear his enormous multi-faceted intelligence and accomplishments so lightly. I lost a certain degree of contact with him after I moved back to galway, but he was very helpful and supportive when I was in hospital. He leaves three kids

    Don't put off getting back in contact with people. They or you might be dead tomorrow.

    That's dreadfully sad news, TAB. My sincere condolences to you and Garcia.

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  • ad hoc
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    Ah shit that's terrible. Really sorry to hear that TAB. Condolences to you, Garcia and anyone else who knew him.

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  • ursus arctos
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    That's bloody awful news. Sincere condolences.

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  • The Awesome Berbaslug!!!
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    I suppose this is the thread to mention it, but the person who introduced both Garcia and myself to this board, (a poster who went by the name of thunderclap newman, among other names that I can't remember) fell and hit his head while hiking in the comeragh mountains, He seems to have died nearly instantly. He and his wife were both Psychiatrists, and they were living down near where I came from, because it was halfway between where they worked. He was a lovely sweet, thoughtful considerate humane man, who managed to wear his enormous multi-faceted intelligence and accomplishments so lightly. I lost a certain degree of contact with him after I moved back to galway, but he was very helpful and supportive when I was in hospital. He leaves three kids

    Don't put off getting back in contact with people. They or you might be dead tomorrow.

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  • Sits
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    Sensible.

    Nice Cornish weather Paul, hope it stays dry for you.

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  • Moonlight shadow
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    My next hike will be on Gran Canaria. Identified a promising route, compatible with buses transfer. A new kind of terrain for me, the weather conditions seems good, high 20s but dry, sustained breeze. Best err on the side of caution re water, took note of a spring just off my route just in case...

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  • Paul S
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    Back on the SWCP and I am spending a week walking from Bude to St Ives. Today was a bus from Exeter to Okehampton then another bus to Bude and then 10 miles to Crackington Haven.

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  • Paul S
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    That's a really nice tribute ad hoc, a lovely way to remember him by.

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  • anton pulisov
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    I climbed Croagh Patrick two weeks ago. Clear weather, lovely view of Clew Bay.

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  • Nocturnal Submission
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    Yes, wonderful pictures. MS.

    I wish that I'd had that sort of cloudless sky when I climbed Glyder Fawr.

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