Mike Knipe aka Northern Pies – Meet the outdoor bloggers
The second in the instalment of meet the bloggers comes from a good friend and fellow FC Hiker the leg end Mr Mike Knipe, one of the UK’s most active bloggers/hikers.
Name – Mike Knipe aka The Pieman
Blog – Northern Pies – www.northernpies.blogspot.com
Twitter profile – None
Age – Don’t be so cheeky, young man
Home Town – Earby in the West Riding of Yorkshire
Where do you spend most of your time outdoors? In the Pennines, mainly North Pennines.
Where did outdoor passion come from? She was a nurse from Halifax. Ooooooer… Family picnics on the moors – what’s that hill over there Dad? “That’s Ingleborough, son….”
Favourite spot to camp? Upper Glen Feshie amongst the scots pines and the wild thyme.
Favourite hill? Don’t be silly
Biggest achievement in the outdoors? TGO Challenge Leg End +
Any burning desires? Did I mention the nurse from Halifax?
Boots or trainers? Boots
Down or synthetic? Mainly down
Ale or lager ? As long as it’s in liquid form….
Going up or down? Up
Trail or TGO? TGO
Compass or GPS ? Neither, either or both
Other blogs you like to read? Loads – I specially like blogs from people just starting to explore.
Funniest thing you’ve seen on the hills? Blowing up an ancient rambler with some flash gun powder whilst trying to make a new foothold in a rock step in Buckden Gill – he started climbing down just as the fuse….. And the odd thing was that there was a big flash and a white cloud and he didn’t seem to notice. It seems that this kind of thing happens to him all the time.
Favourite bit of kit? me old akto….
Favourite tipple? malt scotch (any…)
What do you like about blogging? I like to write stuff….
Best rant? There’s very little point in asking me to just rant, straight off without any actual reason. I mean ter say, you can’t just switch a rant on and off like a..er.. like an on and off switch at will. They have to come naturally. They have to have a trigger. Like a bad experience on the A1 involving an old lady in a Ford Ca and a Pikie’s Truck full of borrowed scrap metal or somebody nicking into that parking spot that you’ve waited ages for that lass with the pram and all the shopping to finally get her fucking arse in gear and get home to make her man’s tea. And then you find that the bloke who’s nicked your spot has “HATE” tattooed on his knuckles and supports Hartlepool United. And he calls you “Bonny Lad”.
Nope, sorry, I can’t just turn it on.
Something good about the outdoors? Its outside. Not inside. It’s windy and there’s birds singing and stuff….
Best joke? I had a crazy dream that I weighed less than a thousandth of a gram. I was like, 0mg!
How do you kill a circus? Go for the juggler! (Christmas cracker joke)
Cheers Mike, full of wit as ever from the man who classes crossing Scotland like popping out for a pint of milk. More in the series of Meet the Outdoor bloggers can be found here.