Tag Archives: Backpacking

2018: Looking Ahead

Here we are, ten days in to a new year and I’d like to spend some time looking ahead to potential aims for my time spent outdoors in 2018.

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Planning The Ridgeway: Food

Even if I was to wild camp my way along the eighty-seven mile trail and utilise available water taps as I go, I am still going to need a regular serving of food in order to complete even a single day on The Ridgeway (especially Day One, which still looks like it’s going to be a twenty-six miler…)

So, in this post, I’ll be looking at my current plans and thoughts towards feeding myself while following this National Trail, next month.

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Planning The Ridgeway: Accommodation

This is something I’ve not written about for a while but I do still hold on to an interest in walking the entire eighty-seven mile length of The Ridgeway long-distance footpath.

September has always seemed to be an ideal time of year – not too hot and hopefully, we’ve already received enough rain in August to have earned a dry month… If I’ve been procrastinating on one thing, it’s been the planning. But, I’m pleased to say I have been looking at my options for accommodation along the trail. Continue reading

Ridgeway Thoughts

As things currently stand, I’m on course to be ready (in the material sense) by the end of May, for my first long-distance multi-day walk along the Ridgeway.

Behind the pages of this blog, I’ve been purchasing other items – including a new sleeping bag and rucksack. Now, I’m only really need a set of dry sacks and probably a pair of new boots… That and finalised plans for my route, overnight stops and transport to and from the trail!

My intention to do this hike came up during Saturday’s group walk and I’ve been having frequent thoughts about it since…

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Choosing a Backpacking Rucksack

By the end of next week (which also coincides with the end of Month Three), I aim to have acquired or at least ordered a rucksack for my up-and-coming backpacking adventures.

Here, I’m going to share the two three packs that I’ve narrowed my selection down to.

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A Fresh Start

Hello all!

I hope that some of you will have followed me over from Olly Writes which, through several names changes, has been my primary blog site since August 2009.

Here, at Olly Outdoors, I have a dedicated space to write solely about walking, camping and my outdoor adventures. With foundations in woodworking, I was finding my original blog to be extremely ‘diverse’ at times and I can appreciate that many long-term followers are not necessarily interested in the hiking content.

At the time of creating my first post, it has to be said that a lot of work is still to be done on this site, regardless of the many hours of writing that will surely follow. Please bear with me as I attempt to create the appearance I’m looking for. Down the line, I will upgrade from my free package to remove those irrelevant adverts (in the mean time, please try equipping your browser with free ad-blocking software).

One long-term goal is to create a database of my favourite walking routes. These will mostly fit within the North Somerset/Mendip Hills region, close to where I live and have grown up. Distances will range from, say, six-miles up to sixteen and beyond! I’m yet to decide on how to share these routes but I would like to also be able to share .GPX files in time. All thoughts and feedback would be appreciated.

I’ll continue to post detailed write-ups of each walk on the main page, while the ‘Routes’ section will allow instant access to the details for all visitors.

I think that’s all I have to say right now.

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