Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A wild camp for Oscar dog,Shap fells Oct 17

I knew this time would come but i always thought it would come on more slowly, than it has.When he was two years old he damaged  the ligaments in his shoulder when running in a forest and coming to a stop "In a pile of wood" very quickly, it took a month before he stopped limping

So roll on another 8 yrs of year round wild camping, sometimes (according to viewranger and Social hiking) he did 200 too 300 thousand feet of ascent a yr.Which has i guess has taken its toll 
About 2 months ago he left the back door of our house landed briefly on the decking,3 steps down then clearing the next 5 steps he landed with a bump on the lawn, but that cat didn't half move quickly :)
We've had a few trips to the vets, they are certain its arthritis and he's now on full dose of Metacam a day and 200g of Tramadol and still has a bad limp, but with these pills he can now manage a 30-40 minute walk with Jill in the mornings 

After 2 months this was his first trip to the hills, safe to say he looked like he was going to burst with joy, it was moving to see him so happy to be on the hills again


The Shop fells is normally where i hide through the summer months, to help avoid the chocked up roads

There was some lovely light falling on the fells and with a few stops we arrived on Great Yarlside summit, having already seen a few groups of stags and heard a little of the bellowing 

I had a play at taking a few night shots, but the full moon dawned and that was the end of that !

With no place to got was a very late start away from camp, which was used watching the morning mist roll around

A slow amble brought us back to the cars and home again,i think ill try and take Oscar out for a wild camp once a month still, just to help him remember his very many great adventures 

A quick short vid of trip, thanks for looking and safe travels 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Trailstar trio tour Northern Sweden,inside the artic circle Days 7,8 & 9

So the last two days of our walk in Sweden are finally finished the total came in at 138 miles and 25'454 Ft of ascent over 8 nights walking.Big thanks to Chrissie,Geoff,Mark and James who helped answered many questions we had.Big thanks also to James at Basecamp foods who did us very proud with a deal on meals, which given the tough, at times, days were great to look forward to at the end of a long day.

Day 7 

Day 8 and 9 

Lastly thanks to Lee Taylor for sorting out all the travel and accommodation and for Matt Holland for being "Team medic"
Will be worth checking out there vids and blogs too as i know both managed to get much better northern light footage than me, and that Matt lad takes some stunning pictures 

Just the pictures and a few words to sort now.....safe travels Peter

Friday, 15 September 2017

Trailstar trio tour Northern Sweden,just inside the Artic circle Days 5 & 6

So as the title says 3 rd of the 4 videos of the walk we did in Northern Sweden, late August into September 2017


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Trailstar trio tour Northern Sweden,just inside the Artic circle Days 3 & 4

Just days 3 & 4 of our trip to this beautiful place...another 2 vids to come, then ill do a write up with the pictures..these blogs are as much for me as others, to help me look back when older at some great trips ...ta for looking and safe travels Peter 

or this link 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Trailstar trio tour Northern Sweden,just inside Artic circle. Day 1& 2 video

In late August into September i did an 8 night 9 day walk up in Northern Sweden, just into the Artic circle. With me came Lee Taylor and Matt Holland....it was stunning.
    Ive decided to break it down into 4 two day videos for the Gorpo stuff and then do probably the same for a picture and few words write up...to follow 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sweden trip the packing, yuk

So in a week or so i head out to do an 8 day walk south ish from Abisko in Northern Sweden,inside the Artic circle.A few have asked what I'm taking so I've done a rough and ready coulpe of pics and a break down of gear and food I'm taking ...

All in 22 1/2 pound or 10.4 kilo, yes it could be lighter but I'm hoping to get lots of good pics and videos I'm taking really large amount of Battery power to help keep camera and Gopro charged up 

Like most folk who are out a lot footwear of this type need to be bought in a sale ideally, as they don't last that long,ive tried these for last month or two so bought another pair 1/2 a size up and covered all the stitching with Shoo Glu to protect the stitching 

This is my tent bag come repairs bag 

This my wash bag 

1. Bag Alliexpress 
2. Toilet roll 
3. Face cloth/mop up
4. Msr Pack towel 
5. Gerwhol foot cream
6. Toothbrush
7. Toothpaste
8. Dr Bronners soap
9. Soap flakes
10. Hand sanatizer gel
11. wet wipes/face wipes
12. Pit spray 

Trusty Msr kettle,Flat cat Snow Leopard,Homemade cup/measure

Food is all made up into A4 plastic bags, every other day I've put a pudding in to up the calories.All food for 8 days fits in one of Treadlites Food cell bags i had him make me up, minus the main meals.Big thanks to James and crew at Basecamp foods for having such a great range of meals and doing us a stunning deal too 

On average the days come in at 780g ish giving a total of 6300g for 8 days 

Sawyer filter and 2 litre bag and 1 500ml Platty

Yes,it does say 1051g !  50'000 Mah battery power, the 1 spare battery for Gopro and 1 for Camera,3 charge leads and light weight chargers for the batterys

This is the route,one we've made up ourselves  how much of it we follow, will depend on weather and legs ..comes in around 163 k  on Viewranger but 172 miles on Social hiking !!  

A big thanks to James,Mark,Chrisie and Twonk for answering many questions 

Thanks for looking, safe travels Peter

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Short video of MLD Supermid and a night watching the star showers

With trip too Sweden looming, we weren't going to go out the last few winds,but promise of a good star showing and clear skies, we went with a short walk in

We went halves on a usedSupermid last year, to use as a winter test, but decided for this trip  to take it out for an airing 

It truly is Huge,you set the inside pole too 6 Ft !  

Auld lad fit nicely in-between us 

Not long after we had pitched i spotted a pair of Tawny owls, searching for tea, we got to watch them for a good five minutes

We had a few deer pass over the fell behind us, as the last of the light left us 

We didn't get the best of the light for sunset and even had a few spots of rain

We sat in and waited for the dark and the cloud to clear, this wasn't till 11pm,sadly the moon spoilt a lot of the night skies but we got to see a pretty good show

Best shot of a star trail i got

Luxury camping and yes Oscar got some too

I put the two short time-lapse night videos i took up on a separate little post, thanks for looking and safe travels Peter & Oscar