Happy New Year!

A New Year and time for some changes. This blog has got something of a mixture of technology related posts and posts about the outdoors. I have decided to start a new blog at http://ianbarton.net to which is going to be about technology. This blog will be where ...

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Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain.

As a keen cyclist I was pleased to hear that stage four of the Tour of Britain was passing within a couple of miles of where I lived. I decided that the best place to get a good view was outside the local pub, where the race had to negotiate a "T" junction. The race was due to pass the pub about 12:00pm, so I left home shortly after eleven on the 20 minute ride, to give my self plenty of time to find a good spot.

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Summit Camp on Moel Llyfnant (Arenigs).

Cotton grass on Arenig Fawr.

Another short trip, starting late in the day to avoid the heat. I had done the same trip last year and enjoyed it so much, I decided to do it again! The original inspiration for this trip came from v-g excellent site.

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Moelwyns Cloud Inversion

Tremadoc Bay from Moelwyn Bach.

My son was doing his D of E Bronze expedition over the weekend, starting from Llandegla. The weather forecast was for hot and sunny conditions over the next few days. I didn't want to waste the opportunity for an overnight trip, but has to be back home at midday on the Saturday morning. However, we wouldn't be arriving at Llandegla until about 7:00pm, which left very limited time for me to drive into Snowdonia and get up to a summit.

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An Arans Traverse and Summit Camp on Glasgwm.

Craig Cywarch.

Finally a period of sunny weather. I had wanted to get out for an overnight trip, but the weather had put paid to any trips so far this year. After dropping the children off at the school bus I set off for North Wales. I still hadn't decided exactly where I was going, but on my way over the A5104 made up my mind to have a go at the Arans traverse and camp on Glasgwm. This was a trip that I had been thinking about for some time, as I had never climbed Glasgwm. After several trips over the Arans in indifferent weather, I had wanted to save the circuit for a settled period of fine weather.

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A Winter's Day on Moel Siabod.

I had wanted to do an overnight trip to North Wales for some time. I am not keen on camping in the Winter months, as there is so little daylight and I don't really want to spend 12-14hrs in the tent. However, it's now light until about 7 ...

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Moel Famau to Moel Arthur and Back

My son is doing the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award this year. He had a training day at Moel Famau, so I thought I would take the opportunity to go for a walk. The weather was looking good, with clear skies forecast all day.

We arrived at the car park ...

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My Fire Steel Crumbles to Dust.

After my walk over Moel Famau and Moel Arthur I was looking forward to making a hot drink. My brew kit lives permanently in the boot of the truck, so I don't forget to take it with me! I unpacked my Primus Gravity stove from its pouch and connected ...

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A Circular Ride from Whitchurch

Circular ride of approximately 22 miles (35km) around the Cheshire and Shropshire countryside. The route is almost all on quite country lanes. more ...

Website Makeover

Goodbye Jekyll, hello Pelican.I have decided to ditch the old web design and come up with a new one. more ...