The first day on the Pennine Way. 

I am in my tent at Crowden, having completed the first section. To say it has been hard is an understatement. This has been one of the hardest days walking I have had.

It’s my own fault, I brought too much. There will be a cull tomorrow.

The day started full and overcast,

But my spirits were high as my family deposited me in Edale.

Before long I was chatting to some Ramblers from Blackheath in London. As they said, every Rambler should experience Kinder at least once. By the time we got to Jacobs ladder they had left me for dust and I crawled along after, weighed down with ‘the lump’, as O have taken to calling my pack. As I approached the trig point at Kinder, the wind picked up, and I was pushing against 30mph gusts​. Not ideal.I was grateful to see the top. 

​As I headed along towards Bleaklow, a strange creature could be seen. Closer inspection revealed it was a man , a purple bearded man. Pete the Purple Pennineer

Due to complete his North to South trek today, he is raising money for a defibrillator. What is the link Pete? 

Coming from the summit a vey smart sign for the Pennine Way.

Next, came the assault on Bleaklow, and with it a mobile signal briefly, so I could let Kate know I was safe. Not a very inspiring summit

The path now leads me to Crowden. It’s a slog, broken by a great view back up the valley

 Legs achingly tired, and with an empty water bottle, I decide to pitch at the campsite in Crowden. By 9:00 I am fed, washed and ready for bed. I hope tomorrow is a bit easier.

No internet at Crowden, I might go and see if I can find some signal

2 thoughts on “The first day on the Pennine Way. ”

  1. The thing about drawing on the experience of people like Chris is that his years of experience probably help him to come to an opinion more quickly. As a mere punter, I’m probably not really sure how much I like an item until I’ve had it at least a few months; by then it might well have been discontinued, or at least redesigned, so by then recommending it to anyone else isn’t really an option.

    Many years ago I bought a Montane Featherlight smock, even though I was unconvinced that it could be as windproof as some of the reviews suggested, or as tough; it seemed to be about as heavy duty as a supermarket carrier bag. It was a revelation; every bit as good as the reviews suggested and it lasted years. Just shows, sometimes it pays to trust the experts.

  2. I find myself liking things or not quite quickly, then sometimes my opinion changes after living with the item for a while. I think you a right, sometimes its a good idea to seek the advice of an expert, and then see if you still agree a few months later.

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