I can't believe that I wore a pair of Scarpa SLs when I did Lands End to John O'Groats. (My
unembelished notes on this trip are tucked away in the beginnings of this Blog).
The Scarpa SLs were resoled and last saw me walking in the Himalaya's back in 2009.
Here are the comments that I made on this trip - three from the bottom. I went with Exodus and the Company is first class. I had previously been trekking in Peru with them:
In 2009 they used tents. Now they use Tea Houses which IMHO is not nearly so good.
The boots remained in Nepal.
When Scarpa redisigned the SLs I bought a pair of the old Scarpa's - they were just so
comfortable. They are now my Winter boot of choice.
Now that Winter is approaching I decided to take my Scarpas for a walk.
Last week I had to cut short one of my visits to the Peak District.
I walked from Hathersage to Edale, via Ladybower Inn and Win Hill. I pitched in the dark at Edale.
Just before I found this:
I jumped over a brook and managed to give myself a groin strain.
I had to catch the train back as it was not comfortable in the morning - and the plan was another 3/4 days around Bleaklow and Back Tor.
Why do people pick up dog poo = good and then hang it from a sign ........ or tree?
So, a 40 minute drive gets me to Cannock. Tamworth does not have hills and Cannock offers some good walking. I get over there fairly often.
But, this was to be different.
My walk over and around Cannock takes me around 6 hours. It includes a very good pub for a lunch break.
I don't have any specific routes. I just take off from the Visitors Centre and make sure I get to Great Haywood for lunch. Clockwise or anti-clockwise it's roughly the same time to reach the pub.
So, random walking on a good day. Not many people around.
Heading towards Milford I see a couple of cyclists. They go past me and stop.
"Do I know you? Were you in Nepal? Are you Gordon?"
Now, if you know me, you will know that my memory for names is not good. Who were they, I asked myself, while flustering and trying hard to think.
They were Paul and Mary, who live in Hurley - not far from Tamworth - but I last saw them in Nepal - in 2009. We chatted for ages and then said goodbyes.
Very spooky - they were in the Rohan shop when I was there last week (but they didn't say hello then).
What are the chances of meeting folk on Cannock Chase? Not many are there during the week.
What are the chances of meeting folk who you last met in Nepal - on Cannock Chase?
Anyway, my Scarpas were comfortable and now I'm looking forward to some decent snow.