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Last September, whilst on holiday in Ireland I was able to get my hiking boots out and do a bit of hill walking. Knowing that I would have one day available near Sligo, I did an internet search to see what was around. There was no doubt that I’d have to have a crack at Benbulben (Benbulbin). Steeped in local legend, this 526m limestone hill looks hugely impressive due to the cliffs that surround most of the summit. Situated near to the coast, I imagined that there would be excellent views in all directions.

Benbulben has steep sides topped with cliffs

The impressive steep sided Benbulben near Sligo

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Well, we did it! We got round the Yorkshire 3 Peaks’ course despite Martyn falling into a bog, losing the path, and myself and Daniel detouring to “save” a sheep. But the main thing is that we have raised almost £300 for St. Rocco’s Hospice, and we had a great day in the process and no blisters!

4am – The Middle of the Night

Getting up at 4am is my idea of hell, so it was a surprise to me when my alarm went off that I actually shot out of bed as if it was on fire. Despite this I still managed to pick Daniel up 15 mins late. I needn’t have worried as he had expected me to be late so was just ready as I arrived.

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After my last post explaining why we are doing a charity hike for St Rocco’s Hospice. I thought that the next logical step was to look at how we are training. However it seems that events have overtaken me with our local paper taking up the story and sending down a photographer.

Making Headlines

Resplendent in our St Rocco’s T Shirts, we strike a pose for the Warrington Guardian

It was quite a nervous experience on Tuesday (18th June) when arriving at our shop for the photo shoot with the Warrington Guardian. I was, being a “prima donna” disappointed to find that I had not been allocated my own changing room or make up artist, however I did remember the hairbrush to sort out the remaining few strands of my hair.

The photographer arrived and duly made myself, Martyn and Daniel pose with our St Rocco’s T Shirts in front of a tent, holding rucksacks and walking poles, in a set up akin to early big game hunters. Indeed, all that was missing to create such an image was a couple of dead animals, although Martyn does his best by looking like he’s just been stuffed! Paul the final member of the team managed to hide during all the fun, and missed out on getting his picture in the paper.

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As we launch our Charity Appeal aiming to raise money for St Rocco’s Hospice in Warrington, Gareth takes a sideways look at the why’s, what’s and how’s of our charity Yorkshire 3 Peaks Trek on the 21st July.. CheapTents Charity Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk

Rambling on to a Ramble..

I think it’s human nature to moan, well that’s my excuse! People moan when it rains and as soon as it is sunny they will be moaning that we need rain. Well my answer to that moan is simple….”at least you’re not dead!”

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Yesterday (30th April) saw the beginning of Dave Cornthwaite‘s eighth adventure in his twenty five Expedition 1000 challenges. For each of his challenges Dave is using non-motorised transport to travel at least 1000 miles. In this latest adventure, called the GO trek Dave Cornthwaite and Squash Falconer will be travelling 3000 miles on ElliptiGO running bikes. This will be a record breaking distance for travelling on ElliptiGOs! During this adventure Dave and Squash will be encouraging people to take exercise and “Say Yes More!” They are also raising money for CoppaFeel, the charity promoting early detection of breast cancer. You can find out more and get involved at the the GO trek website.

Photoshoot at Everton FC's training ground

The GO trek photoshoot with Dave Cornthwaite and
Squash Falconer at Everton FC

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This was an enjoyable 11 mile walk in Mid Wales. The main thing that stood out being the differing types of scenery which included farmland, pine forests and moorland. With about 400 m of height gain there’s not too much uphill!

Starting from the car park in the village of Llangurig, there was gentle introduction to this walk along a short section a flat road. Crossing over the River Wye, the single track road lead us towards Clochfaen. Once off the road, the footpath climbed up Pant-gwyn Hill. Looking back, the village of Llangurig with its church can be clearly seen. Llangurig is said to be the highest village in Wales.

The village of Llangurig in Mid Wales

Llangurig, the highest village in Wales and the start of our hike.

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Whilst on my recent hike to Carnedd Llewelyn I saw across the valley a mountain that had an intriguing pyramid shape. Looking on my map I discovered that it is called Elidir Fawr. Due to its interesting geometry I decided that it would be my next objective. So I returned to Snowdonia for some more hiking.

The summit of Y Garn from near Llyn Idwal

The summit of Y Garn can be seen in the background,
just right of centre


The route from Llyn Ogwen goes up Y Garn (947 m) then drops down to about 800 m as it passes below below the summit of Foel Goch before finally heading up to the peak of Elidir Fawr (924 m).

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Fish cooking over a campfire

Fish on the camp fire. Source: Flickr by y_katsuuu

We always enjoy hearing from CheapTents blog readers and are keen to publish guest posts about outdoor gear, camping and adventures.

We were recently contacted by Stu, who has set up a website for outdoor enthusiasts to share their favourite Camping Recipes. Whether you’re into camping, backpacking or hiking, there are plenty of great meal ideas on the website and you’re welcome to contribute yours too.

To help wet your appetite, Stu has written a guest post about his experience of gourmet dining on the West Coast Trail, Vancouver. So get out your camping stove and get cooking!

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At the weekend we were blessed with some sunny weather, so with the mountains beckoning I headed over to Snowdonia for a hike up to Carnedd Llewelyn. There had been quite a bit of snow previously and I was hoping that there would still be some left. From the valley I could see small patches of snow but most of it had thawed. Ever hopeful I left my crampons in my rucksack just in case.

Pen yr Ole Wen mountain, Snowdonia

The route up Pen yr Ole Wen is climbs steeply from the outset

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Walk or run for the Hunger Project bannerThis time last year we announced that The Hunger Project was seeking walkers and runners to raise funds through participating in the London2Brighton Challenge. In the event, which took place in May 2012, 28 walkers and runners raised an incredible £20,000 to help with The Hunger Project’s mission of providing a sustainable end to world hunger.

This year The Hunger Project are once again calling for people to join them. If you would like to take part please see our updated blog post with details about the London2Brighton challenge 2013 and information about The Hunger Project.

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