Dont take this seriously….because i dont !!

Normal service resumed

Osmotherly to Roseberry Topping is my favourite section of the Cleveland Way, so it seemed the obvious choice to restart my hiking adventures after a slow Christmas period.

The high winds of the previous night had dropped so off I trotted with Pepper my trusty walking partner. We gained height out of Osmotherly and were soon hiking along the escarpment of the North York Moors.

Dropping down from Carlton bank i popped to my favourite cafe for a breakfast bun. Lord stones cafe is a great place to stop for refreshments, the cafe is built into a rocky outcrop and is well worth a visit.

The Wainstones on Hasty bank are a hot spot for climbers but today a sea king helicopter was using it to practice flying manoeuvres. Pepper had her own tricks to practice and I taught her two new commands and she managed to walk past several sheep without tearing off in a mad frenzy.

The hike into Kildale took it’s toll on my legs and feet, I started to feel tired after 20 miles but I knew I was lacking fitness after my long flu lay off.

A lot of people where enjoying themselves around Captain Cooks monument especially Pepper who found a few dog friends to chase about. By the time I reached The car park near Roseberry Topping I was ready to call it a day and I was glad when Leanne turned up to take me home.

It took me exactly 9hrs to hike 25 miles with numerous ascents and descents. 3mph average is a good start considering there was 4776ft ascent. I took 3 – 15 minute breaks and carried a light pack. I am aiming to train myself to be able to handle a National Trail with a a daily mileage of 25+ miles per day.

Kit wise the inov8 320s fit well into the faster/longer approach. The race pro 30 pack is great as a day pack, i am still wondering if its big enough for thru hiking. The last thing I want to do is get sucked into the realms of the gram counters.


17 responses

  1. pauline

    brilliant photos mason. you should have got pepper to take some of you! ha ha. you’ll soon get back into the walking regime again.

    February 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    • ukmase

      She’s a clever dog but I think she may struggle with the camera buttons.

      February 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

  2. leanne taylor

    awwwwww….you fianly got ya own way and wisked pepper off on ya walks,,, ha ha knew she would love it….

    February 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    • ukmase

      She is in for some miles this year i tell thee !!

      February 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

  3. Good to you are still out there! Hope you’re well mate!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    • ukmase

      Yes still racking up the miles. What’s happening at your end mate, your blogs gone quite, hatched any cunning plans yet.
      Fancy a crack at the oggie8 in the spring?

      February 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

  4. I’ve been busy biking and working, doing the Welsh Ride Thing at the end of May, three day bivvy mountain bike trip around the Cambrian mountains. (Blog link on my place) So having to rack up miles!

    When you thinking Oggie8? I’m doing a few long mountain bike enduros, in the coming months. Also, need to get up to Wales for a bit of biking, so could do the Oggie8 one Saturday? If you fancy? I have a few long routes I wanna get bagged, including going up the big one in Wales!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    • ukmase

      I am free most weekends mate, this year I am trying to get myself to a point were I can hike 25 miles a day, every day. Pretty tough target but it will keep me busy this year.

      I saw the welsh bike event, looks narly.

      February 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  5. ps got some insane lightweight gear! 😉

    February 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

  6. oh fancy this?

    February 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    • ukmase

      30 miles of course, I was up that way last year, pretty amazing landscape.

      Are you looking to enter the event or just do the route at our leisure.

      February 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

  7. Do the event proper, was my thinking go sub 6 hours?

    February 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    • ukmase

      20 or 30, the latter would be a killer

      February 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm

  8. the latter obviously, 30 miles moving a 5mph! 6 hours! 😉

    February 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    • ukmase

      That’s a long bloody way to jog !!

      Not something to take lightly

      February 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  9. ok 7 hours if we get injured 😉

    February 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    • ukmase

      Are you doing it on your bike lol

      February 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

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