2013: twelve months of wandering about and sleeping on hilltops…

In between lots of massive life changes, moving house, working full time and being a dad…..here’s what I managed to get up to in 2013, thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope the new year brings you whatever you wish for.

And a special thank you to all my friends and family who helped me out in any way when I needed it, you know who you are X

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January: A ride through the wintry woodland of North Notts
Watching the sunset over the Corryvreckan whirlpool off the coast of Scarba
February: Watching the sunset over the Corryvreckan whirlpool off the coast of Scarba
Looking back towards the bothy on the uninhabited island of Scarba, we camped on the coast and explored for four days.
February: Looking back towards the bothy on the uninhabited island of Scarba, we camped on the coast and explored for four days.
February: Wandering up to the summit of Scarba, we had the whole island to ourselves for four days

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February: A Souvenir from the Hebrides, I found this poor lad hiding deep in the woods amongst a pile of Bracken, he now lives on the wall above my fireplace.

A wild camp by Inominate Tarn during a three day snowy backpack around the lakes.
March: A wild camp by Inominate Tarn during a three day snowy backpack around the lakes.
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March: Looking down to Buttermere before the sun sets
Looking out to the South Western Fells as night falls.
March: Looking out to the South Western Fells as night falls.
A freezing bike bivi on Thorpe Cloud near Dovedale, cycled out 50 miles after work, slept out and cycled 50 miles and went back into work (looking like death warmed up)
March: A freezing bike bivi on Thorpe Cloud near Dovedale, cycled out 50 miles after work, slept out and cycled 50 miles and went back into work (looking like death warmed up)
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April: One on many nights in the MLD trailstar,Β  north pennines during a three day backpack
The sun shining down and melting the frost in the North Pennines
April: The sun shining down and melting the frost in the North Pennines
A solo backpack round the Howgills during a bank holiday weekend, saw two other people over three days.
May: A solo backpack round the Howgills during a bank holiday weekend, saw two other people over three days.
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May: After a day of mist, wind and rain a fiery sunset lights up the sky in the Howgills
A wander up Win Hill with the kids, they're scoffing boxes of raisins here but it sort of looks like they're making roll ups.
May: A wander up Win Hill with the kids, they’re scoffing boxes of raisins here but it sort of looks like they’re making roll ups.
Out running on a sunny morning in the Yorkshire Dales, accidentally took a pretty good photo with a gopro
May: Out running on a sunny morning in the Yorkshire Dales, accidentally took a pretty good photo with a gopro
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June: A mini heatwave during a long backpack through a quiet part of the dark peak, it was warm enough for shorts and no shoes by 8am and I took advantage of a couple of cold plunge pools to dip in along the route
Brewing up on a hot summers day in the Alport Valley near Bleaklow Plateau
June: Brewing up on a hot summers day in the Alport Valley near Bleaklow Plateau
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June: Reuben the wonder dog cools off in the cotton grass during a summer solstice camp in Nidderdale
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June: Camping out in Nidderdale during Summer Solstice

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July: One of many summer bedtime story sessions with the kids
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July: Our favourite bedtime story spot, we worked our way through Fantastic Mr Fox over a couple of nights here.
A warm bivi out on the top of bleaklow
July: A warm bivi out on the top of bleaklow
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August: Waking up for breakfast of banana muffins, sunshine, fresh coffee and the scafell range
The night before the storm, after two days of sunshine, the weather broke with a massive lightning storm, I was camped in the middle of it.
August: The night before the storm, after two days of sunshine, the weather broke with a massive lightning storm, I was camped in the middle of it.
Camped out amongst the steep grassy slopes of the Long Mynd
September: Camped out amongst the steep grassy slopes of the Long Mynd
Fell running over the edges in the dark peak
September: Fell running over the edges in the dark peak
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November: Walking into Camasunary to live on the beach for a few days on the Isle of Skye
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November: The view up to the Black Cuillin from Loch Coruisk
Hanging out with Pete and Dougal at the mouth of Glen Sligachan and Bla Bheinn
November: Hanging out with Pete and Dougal at the mouth of Glen Sligachan and Bla Bheinn
A moody sunset envelops Langdale in December
December: A moody sunset envelops Langdale in December
December Brewing up a little coffee after camping out under Bow Fell for the night
December: Brewing up a little coffee after camping out under Bow Fell for the night
December: A frosty picnic with the boys walking up to Kinder
December: A frosty picnic with the boys walking up to Kinder
December: Waiting for the sunset on Kinder
December: Waiting for the sunset on Kinder
December: A dusting of snow falls on the North Pennines before camping out
December: A dusting of snow falls on the North Pennines before camping out
The last camp of the year. Camping out in the clouds after Christmas on High Cup Nick
December: The last camp of the year. Camping out in the clouds after Christmas on High Cup Nick
December: Looking down to High Cup, a perfect place to wake up and end a year
December: Looking down to High Cup, a perfect place to wake up and end a year
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10 thoughts on “2013: twelve months of wandering about and sleeping on hilltops…

  1. Obviously your gas canister is way too big, dude, but apart from that it’s a very fine assemblage from the past year’s outdoor antics. I also liked the Rudolph-esque bauble in the previous post. We’ll look forward to seeing you in the not too distant…

    P x

    1. Thanks uncle peter, I take great pleasure in breaking the rules of cantankerous outdoorsy types with my massive gas canisters.
      See you in a few months on an island up a hill x

  2. Happy New year Rich. We must get out for a backpack together soon. It’s been far too long.

    Yep your gas bottle is far too big………

  3. A great set of photographs! If you have’t already I reckon you could do a great post on photography. Look forward to reading about what you get up to in 2014.

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