…with a thunderous clamour….
Ok, I guess the point that I’m trying to make (pardon the pun), is that things have been rather quiet around here.
In terms of hiking expeditions, this year has proved to be a wash out. It is looking increasingly likely that the only hike of the year will have been the Dartmoor Circular route that I did in early April.
The year wasn’t planned out this way.
I had many plans to go hiking, but alas a multitude of factors conspired to keep me off the mountains. These ranged from a soon-to-happen job change, a lack of holidays, poor weather, family matters and not being able to be released from work.
Despite a poor showing for this year, I am feeling very positive for the next one.
The reason for this is that I now have many detailed plans and the supplies to just go off on an expedition at a moments notice. Some of the routes that I will be taking will be quite exciting too, though you will have to tune in next year to see what I get up to.
Speaking of routes and plans, Ordnance Survey has put an end to GetAMap – my favourite online planner and replaced it with OS Maps. OS Maps looks good, but is still at an embroyonic stage of development. As such it doesn’t provide the kind of functionality that I rely on to make my plans – at least not yet…
As a result, after a lot of research and trying out many demos, I have settled for Satmap’s Xpedition planner:
This planner is a dream to use. It is fully featured, very quick and even provides maps for mainland Europe…..
For those that are interested, just pop over to http://www.satmap-xpedition.com. One can give it a trial run, to see if it fits one’s needs.
I should probably point out that I have no connection with Satmap whatsoever. The choice is purely a personal one.
Despite not being able to get out there, I have been keeping my fitness training going 4 days a week, every week. Although I am fit, I suspect the first hike of next year will prove to be an eye opener.
As such, I’m likely to plan the first walk of 2016 to be in Dartmoor, to ease me back into things. I’m also secretly hoping that it gets a lot of snow in January, so as to provide some good winter experience too.
That’s it for this year. I can only apologise for the lack of walks and posts, but I will more than make up for it next year.
In the meantime…