Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mud fight on Higger Tor!

Keisha and Louis were excited to get out today the weather was glorious and we were all going out for an adventure. Most importantly K and L were going to meet up with their friends!
We all packed a lunch and met up just beyond fiddlers elbow at the path which leads to the top of Higger tor. Our objective to go weasling. The day had started with a thick fog and we set off late to allow it to clear so almost immediately we were looking for a lunch stop. We walked over the top of Higger tor and quickly made it to the leaning block, our lunch spot.

We enjoyed watching the climbers on the leaning block. After lunch a brief chill out was enjoyed on the hot rock they were keen to get going and clamber over the rocks. Keisha was enjoying the challenges that her friend presented but Louis wanted to copy, this was a potential problem?

Looking towards Carl Wark from Higger Tor
They all enjoyed weasling and scrambling through the rocks. Higger offers a great number of challenges for the young weasler. We kept to the simpler ones, normally a helmet is required for weasling but as we had two very young weaslers we wanted to keep things simple and therefore safer? Once on the top they enjoyed running across the flat moor and were entertained by patches of peat bog. Keisha being very cheeky thought it entertaining to throw chunks of peat at her friend the game went down well until dad caught them!

Louis lost his boots!
Having fun on the moor.

We were glad to get away from the rocks, it was hardwork keeping an eye on the youngsters.
We eventually dropped of the top of Higger tor and walked through the woods to the Burbage valley. Playing in the river was now the new entertaining feature!

Near Burbage bridge they all went in search of the troll under the bridge. Instead they had to settle for ice cream from the van.... so important for motivating them

The companions enjoyed their adventure!

It was wonderful to come out and explore, they were all so happy to be out with their friends, this was a great day.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Freds Bike Ride

Keishas blog entry

On Sunday I went cycling to Ladybower because it was a beautiful day. We cycled up and down hills, I cycled all the way to Slippery Stones it was a very long way we had a picnic at Slippery Stones. We paddled in the water at Slippery Stones, the water was cold.

This is my brother on the wall.

This is my brother on the bike trailer he was having such fun there.

There's not much but some people or ponie's there's not enough poeple to ride every single person can't ride a pony because there's not enough ponie's for poeple.

Me and Arwen in the freezing cold water at Slippery Stones and Louis looking on.

I cycled over the bridge it had hills.

Me and Fred on my bike. The gears on my bike make it easy to cycle up hill.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Comfy New Boots

I finally got a new pair of walking boots after a rather pleasant dinner at the Devonshire arms at Beeley, last sunday we called in at the peak district factory outlet near Rowsley. After being told off for climbing on a stool to reach a rather nice looking pair of Brasher boots, I decided to try on this pair of Lithium GTX, Brashers. The boots a nice and light and with a gortex upper, they were priced at £65, this seemed liked a good deal. After a stroll around the shop I decided to purchase them.

Today, I tried out my new boots once again I've chosen a "dodgy" weather day and I'm just out for quick go with the boots. I parked near the Grouse inn near longshaw and walked one of my favourite running routes. The route follows the top of Froggatt and Curbar edge to the Curbar gap and returns to the Grouse Inn by following the path over the top of White edge. On the way round the National trust have notified about some interesting tree felling operations. Basically what they are attempting to do is to reveal views of the gritstone edges by removing some of the trees. Apparently this should allow some trees to reach maturity and clear areas of birch in favour of existing oak. I guess this will be a topic of discussion at the forthcoming Sheffield Moors partnership consulations.

Some of the discussion in the Castle mountaineering club has been about the forthcoming events for the 80th anniversary celebration for the Kinder mass trespass. This has got me quite motivated as I particularly like the area which is the focus for these celebrations. The new boots are wonderful, they are sufficiently lightweight that I enjoyed running in them occasionally.

After taking Keisha and Louis around ladybower on their bikes the weather had cleared a little revealing a good view of the moon with only occasional wisps of cloud. This was an excellent opportunity to photograph it using a web cam hooked up to a telescope. My first attempt is shown below. I'm still using the lunar maps to figure out where it is one of the clues is that the famous tycho crater is near to this image.

With help from the astronomy cast forum I managed to identify features on my first image of the moon and improve it slightly. After correctly orienting the image, identification was greatly aided by using the virtual moon atlas. I then followed this with some image post processing using registax to generate the final image by aligning and stacking images from a video sequence.