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Having a Moment. Doubting my Abilities.

On Monday I went for a walk. Nothing unusual about that per se, I like to walk, and being a bank holiday I had a whole day to partake in one of my favourite pastimes. Except on Monday the plan was to walk further than I have ever walked in one go – at least

Exploring Nature’s Spaces in Lincoln

Earlier on the year, in an effort to make sure I made time for some long walks before I attempt the Lyke Wake Walk in June, I earmarked a number of Saturdays when I wasn’t at work or doing anything else and blocked them out. The calendar appointment for most of them says “Long Walk”.

A Hiking Challenge: The Lyke Wake Walk

One of the biggest challenges I have set myself this year is to complete the Lyke Wake Walk. I shall be doing the walk in June with a couple of other blogger friends who also love to hike. Why? Because it sounds like fun – we want to do it and we think we can.

A Gentle Walk in Lincolnshire (and my new Buff)

Saturday was an absolutely stunning Spring day (for the most part), so I took myself off on a planned walk along the trails close to home.  I mentioned in my Goals and Challenges for 2015 post last week that I am going to attempt the Lyke Wake Walk later in the summer, and so this

Some Goals and Challenges for 2015

I always find February an inspiring month. Lots of people I know are making real strides towards their goals for the year – some are marathon training, some have booked amazing trips, some are telling me about adventures they are embarking on, some have started new jobs, some are moving home, and some are doing all

Winter Hiking Fun in the Austrian Alps

I admit I was rather hopeful we’d find time in between all the skiing and eating on our recent trip to Austria to check out one or two of the winter hiking trails in Obergurgl. I’ve been told the walking in the Austrian Alps is quite awesome, and I do like a good mountain view, so

Shoe Power! Energy Harvesting from Human Motion

With more wearable gadgets being one of the biggest technology predictions of 2015, it is great to see a possible solution to power supply be announced today. A group of German developers from Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft Institute of Micromachining and Information Technology have come up with a fabulous idea to use the human gait to generate power by

Some Goals and Challenges for 2014 – An Update

Despite 2014 looking like an incredibly busy year, back in February I was inspired by a number of people to make a short list of goals and challenges I would like to achieve in 2014. As we are currently working our way through the very last day of the year, and because I just managed to make a

This Season’s Snow Boots

One of the most popular posts on Splodz Blogz at the moment (for at least the last few weeks) is one I wrote a couple of winters ago about my favourite snow boots of the season. I think you’ve all been looking out of your windows at that white sheet of ice that covers the road, cars and

Review: Merrell Verterra Mid Sport GTX

Comfort and support are the two most important features of any footwear you wish to wear for walking. Everything else, the way the shoe looks and especially the colour, is secondary. But it is rather wonderful when you receive a brand new shoe that offers comfort and support as well as fantastic looks. Meet the new-for-this-season Merrell Verterra

A Spires and Steeples Re-Match

On Sunday I asked a lot of my body. And it delivered. I started and finished the Spires and Steeples Challenge, walking the 26(.75 ish) miles from Lincoln to Sleaford. Finishing wasn’t a given. I abandoned the hike at the half way point last year, defeated by the terrible weather and difficult conditions. This year

Review: Osprey Tempest 20 Pack

I’ve been looking for a new pack for a while. My list of requirements has not been small – I want something that is more technical than fashion (I’ve been using an old fashion back pack for a long time now that’s done its job incredibly but has not had the technical spec to satisfy