Thursday, December 20, 2012

Spine training in the snow

A couple of weeks ago I went up to Edale for a couple of days and had simply wonderful conditions ideal for some more Spine training.

Heavy snow on the Thursday evening left absolutely pristine conditions the next day. I was in virgin snow from Edale, up Jacobs ladder and all the way to Kinder Downfall. Often up to my knees, and coupled with strong winds, it was hard going but totally exhilarating. From Kinder Downfall, I made my way along to William Clough and down to Hayfield where I picked up the Pennine Bridleway all the way to Rushup Edge. Here, the snow had drifted more and it was very slow going. Met some mountain bikers who informed me it was a nice day to take their bikes for a walk! Along to Hollins Cross then back down to Edale - just over 7 hours in total and a wonderful day out.

Drove to Castleton YHA where I had a very nice meal and an early night!

Up & out on Saturday morning at 6am, I did another 3 hours up and around Castleton and Edale. Conditions were much icier which gave me a chance to try out my Kahtoola Microspikes - what a great piece of kit! Even met Jon Steele & friends on Back Tor.

Then home for a late lunch!


Jerry Smallwood said... [Reply to comment]

Richard, you are so lucky to be so close to such beautiful countryside, this is the stuff that would definitely get my up on a Sunday morning

Richard Lendon said... [Reply to comment]

I'm still 1:30-1:45 from Castleton/Edale hence the need for an overnight stop if going for 2 days - but it's easily doable for the day - and I love it up there :)
Where do you live Jerry?

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