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About Wadsterboy

30-something Yorkshireman, living in Manchester, close to the Peak District. Love the outdoors, love her indoors, not so keen on the film Sliding Doors.

Learning to navigate, take bearings and use a map

Given my liking for going off into the hills for a few hours on my own, sometimes late into a summer evening and sometimes in bad conditions, I thought it was probably about time I learned how to use a … Continue reading

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Burning, sore throat and headache cycling to work; time to invest in a mask?

The last two times I have cycled to work, I have ended up with a burning throat and, today, also toothache. The first time it happened I thought nothing of it, and assumed I was bit under the weather. But … Continue reading

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Have baby, will travel. A review of our Deuter baby carrier rucksack

A while after our baby daughter was born, I noticed someone at work was selling a Deuter Kid Comfort baby carrier rucksack, virtually unused, for next to nothing. Probably being slighty delirious due to lack of sleep, I purchased it … Continue reading

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Commuting by bike, aggression and staying alive

Most people would agree that I am a fairly calm and mild mannered person, rarely prone to outbursts of swearing and anger. In a car, I occassionally blast the horn (which is pretty pathetic sounding) at stupid bits of driving, … Continue reading

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Climbing Snowdon in Winter

This photo shows two climbing pals of mine on Central Trinity gully on Snowdon on 2nd Feb 2012. Jealous? I was when I saw it. While I was stuck at my desk, no doubt writing some dull report, they were … Continue reading

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A flat tyre and a cheap bike pump from Aldi do not a happy man maketh

Yes, I should have known better. A £3.99 hand bike pump from Aldi was never going to be the most reliable piece of kit. It served its purpose a few times, and on the last occasion I even made a … Continue reading

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Ice climbing on Kinder Downfall

It’s been pretty cold around Stockport in the last week or so but I didn’t realise just how cold it had got just a few miles down the road in the Peaks. These stunning images from the Derby Telegraph show … Continue reading

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Dangerous Sports Club : pioneers of extreme sport in the UK

I recently learned about the Dangerous Sports Club, a wonderfully heady mix of English eccentricity and a thirst for the spectacular, the untried and the downright lunatic and dangerous. It immediately appealed, being a fan of hopelessly optimistic dreamers like … Continue reading

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Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sketchy Andy Lewis and slacklining

Great turn out at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Stockport last night. Organisers said that nearly 900 attended, which is a record for the UK tour. Some great films, particularly the final one on an extraordinary character called ‘Sketchy … Continue reading

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Banff Film Festival, Ueli Steck and the Eiger

On Saturday night I’ll be eagerly heading to the Stockport Plaza for the UK leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. There will be a pint or two beforehand, during and probably afterwards, and then a curry with my climbing … Continue reading

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