Newsletter – November 2018

Tip of the Month

Know your speed. This cryptic remark has nothing to do with driving in built-up areas and getting speeding tickets. Rather, I’m referring to your walking speed. A key navigational skill is to know how far you have walked, and apart from the more ‘scientific’ techniques (such as accurate timing and pacing), it’s well worth having an intuitive feel for how fast one is walking.

One way of making ourselves more conscious of our approximate walking speed is to walk a set distance at a given speed and learn how this ‘feels’ to our body – stride, pace, energy expenditure, breathing, heart rate and so on. This exercise is always included in my introductory navigation courses, so some of you may recognise it.

Find a measured 100m such as an athletics track (or measure it out yourself), and then do some maths to work out how long 100m would take you walking at 3km/h, 4km/h and 5km/h. Then go and walk the 100m ensuring that you do it in as close to that time as possible. This will help you to understand what walking at those speeds feels like.

Quote of the Month

“The mountains have rules. they are harsh rules, but they are there, and if you keep to them you are safe. A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere.”

Route of the Month

Here’s another great walking route to consider – the so-called Climber’s Traverse on Pillar, in the Lake District. Don’t be put off by the name – apart from a little scrambling, it’s basically an easy path but in the most dramatic situation. It gets its name because climbers use it to access rock climbs on Pillar Rock. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the path gets you up close and personal with the magnificent feature that is Pillar Rock, before weaving its way up and popping out right at the summit of Pillar. A very rewarding way to the summit with stunning views of Ennerdale below.

Photo of the Month

Back in September, my recommended Route of the Month was a walk around the Langdale skyline. Here’s a beautiful photograph of part of that skyline, with beautiful lighting on the Langdale Pikes.

mountaineering path

© johnhenderson, UKC

Upcoming Events

If you want to book any winter skills courses, or winter mountaineering courses then don’t leave it too late.

  • December 2018 – Indoor climbing courses in Leeds – Introduction, Improver and Learning to Lead.
  • Winter 2018-19. Now taking bookings for all courses:
    • 1-10 January 2019. Some availability remaining.
    • 11 January-8 February 2019. Now fully booked.
    • 8 February onwards 2019. Some availability remaining.

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