WAAT 4

If we don’t start walking we’ll never get anywhere

The WAAT4 Challenge

It was a stupid idea to start with and having finished it, it was still a stupid idea.

When Tav gently suggested we do a 40k charity walk through the Brecon Beacons in June a few foolhardy souls agreed. In aid of good causes - Mountain Rescue, Air Ambulance and Cancer Wales to name but a few, it seemed a noble journey.

Apprehension grew as to what we were going to do as the date approached but despite some half hearted discussion of whether we should go and do the 30k route, the fools that we were, boldly stuck to the 40k route. It was basically the same other than an extra 10k and one more big bloody mountain.

Friday evening found us gathering in the camp site after a variety of journeys - Dave H and Tav seemed to take the direct route and ended up with vegetation stuck on both sides of the Landrover. The tents went up....

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Mam Tor, Derbyshire

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right

The 15th Anniversary (well 14th actually)

Despite an inability to work out an anniversary we returned to where it started - Derbyshire. After good food and working our way through all their bitters using a complex numbering system (as well as a brief detour into solving long term transport problems by inventing a new technology) we set off to do the classic walk from Hope via Castleton, Cave Dale, Mam Tor and Lose Hill.

After a muddy start, Dave E tripping over a tricky flat bit and a rapid sprint through Castleton to avoid any shopping urges, Cave Dale proved a gorgeous introduction to height gain (despite it not being as ‘scuzzy’ as Dave E remembered). From there....

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North Wales

PAUL T, DAVE E, DAVE H, PETER F, LUCY E, IAIN L, PAUL C, NEIL F

Snowdon, nearly

In the pub on the Friday night Dave E suggested options for a warm up walk on the Friday, Moel Siabob, Cnicht, Tryfan....... So on Friday morning we set out for Tryfan, not really having explained to Lucy that it was a continuous scramble. The weather made for an inauspicious start, with rain and hail within two mins of leaving the car. But it dried up as we scrambled, Dave coaxed Lucy up and the scramble to the summit confirmed it as may favourite mountain.

The others joined us that night but by Saturday the weather had turned, with heavy rain and hi-winds. The original plan for Crib Goch was abandoned in favour of the Pyg Track up Snowdon. Even that was to prove too much though, Peter had woken up with a sore back that was deteriorating, the weather was getting worse so it was time to head back to the pub.

North Wales

Foel this and Foel that

The good thing about setting ourselves a target of walking the 15 Welsh 3000s is that it got us to walk some hills we wouldn’t normally bother with. The weather didn’t help make these the most attractive walks though, with low cloud and rain for most of the day. The hills were big bumps without the drama of the other Carneddau. Managed to do Foel Grach, Foel Fras, Garnedd Uchaf and Drum.

Wantage, Rachel's parents

Walking is good for solving problems - it's like the feet are little psychiatrists

White Horses

Very much in the family ramble bracket. Really relaxing weekend at Rachel’s parents, with a brief foray out to see the original White Horse.


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