End of Phase 1

Saturday 4th November 2017

Hopefully most of the blog is now updated, even if the unpacking isn’t complete and the washing is piled up.

It was odd sleeping in a bed last night after a few nights in a tent, and normal life has to be resumed between now and April.

I’m happy with most of the kit I took with me, but now need to practice carrying my bigger rucksack over winter because I’ll need to include tent, sleeping bag etc in the loads for next year, and no matter how much I like the Deuter, it simply isn’t big enough.

We took a lot of food that we didn’t eat – it was too cold and wet to be cooking out of doors and I won’t risk carbon monoxide poisoning so cooking in the tent is out of the question. We used the microwave in the car to boil water and heat soup, and that was about it.

I also found that I wasn’t particularly hungry during a day of walking and never did touch that emergency can of pilchards recommended by Daryl May. (As I recall his idea was that emergency food should not be so attractive that you eat it because you want to. I demonstrated the accuracy of his idea when the chocolate vanished during the last three miles to Tintagel.)

Overall I’m happy with Phase 1.

I’d planned to walk around 100 miles and managed 96, which included a day lost due to toothache. My knees didn’t dislocate (no strapping required), my legs are stronger and I estimated the effort fairly accurately. The way I used my walking poles has strengthened my upper body more than I expected, which is no bad thing. At this rate it will even get rid of bingo wings; I may be onto a new exercise fad.

My attention to navigation needs to improve, especially when I think I know where I am and where I’m going. Complacency is dangerous.

Using a mobile for blogging needs a lot more work, and the lack of a signal for huge areas is something I need to think more carefully about, especially if I need to use it as a backup for navigation.

Now to spend winter planning…


4 thoughts on “End of Phase 1

  1. Well done. A good start. Concentrate on everything lightweight is my advice starting with the rucksack if you haven’t already taken the plunge – there are many specialist lightweight backpacking versions available now which was not the case for me back in 2008. I eventually obtained, with some difficulty, an American GoLite but they have now ceased trading. I think chucking out cooking gear is a good idea. That may cause a little bit of discomfort, but be assured you will not starve. Roll on next April.


  2. You may find a folding keyboard a help, Helen. It means you can see the entire screen on your phone and it’s so much easier to tap away on a separate keyboard. If your phone has a decent sized screen it’s easily possibly to use the WordPress app you use on your computer on your phone,

    This post might help:



    1. Thank you Alan, that’s a helpful thought. So many gadgets… My biggest issue was learning to navigate the mobile version of each app, as well as to see the screen properly. I’ll see how the new phone works and make a decision once I’ve played with the technology a little longer.

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