Path2Peaks – Covid 19 -Policy

COVID 19 GUIDELINES

We are delighted that you chose Path2Peaks walks, We welcome paid members for Jan to Dec 2020, as a priority.
We will operate as two groups of 6 . I.e. Angela or Bev leading 5 members each, which will mean that where possible we will offer two dates for the walks
We will follow strict Covid 19 guidelines so we are fully compliant with Coronavirus guidance from the Government for England, Mountain Training, British Mountaineering Council and the National Parks authorities.

We want to keep you walking safely and welcome you on our walks

Only attend our monthly walks if you can answer the following questions with the word “No” immediately prior to your walk. Now, or at any time in the last 14 days:
§ Do you have/have you had a high temperature?
§ Do you have a/have you had a new, continuous cough?
§ Do you have or have you had a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed a change
§ Are any of your household symptomatic of Covid-19 or have any of them been?
§ Are any of your household self-isolating or have any of them been?
§ To the best of your knowledge have you been in close contact with anyone else who is symptomatic of Covid-19?
 To answer the following with the word ‘Yes”
o Do you accept that your participation in the walk may increase your risk of exposure to infection with the virus relative to no-participation?
o Do you agree to inform Angela or Bev at Path2Peaks should you develop any symptoms consistent with Covid-19 any time within 14 days of the end of the walk? Angela and Bev as walks leader undertakes to do the same.
Please confirm that you will bring:
o A small bottle of hand sanitiser
o A face mask or covering (such as a buff) with you in case it is required.
o Appropriate clothing for the activity.
o Drink, lunch, snacks.
o Sunglasses and sun cream, midge repellent (as appropriate).
o A small personal first aid kit (plasters, painkillers, medication

Covid 19 Walks recommencing guidance June 2020

We are delighted that we are cautiously recommencing Path2Peaks walks weekend 27/28th June. Paid members for Jan to Dec 2020, are priority.
We will operate as two groups of 6 . I.e. Angela or Bev leading 5 members each, which will mean that we need to offer an alternative date to the 28th June if everyone on the list wishes to join This date will be 27th June 2020
We will follow strict Covid 19 guidelines so we are fully compliant with Coronavirus guidance from the Government for England, Mountain Training, British Mountaineering Council and the National Parks authorities.
• To follow relevant Government guidance on Coronavirus, specifically that you will not travel to nor attend Guided walks with us if you should be self-isolating according to national guidelines.
Only attend our monthly walks if you can answer the following questions with the word “No” immediately prior to your walk.

Now, or at any time in the last 14 days:
 Do you have/have you had a high temperature?
 Do you have a/have you had a new, continuous cough?
 Do you have or have you had a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed a change
 Are any of your household symptomatic of Covid-19 or have any of them been?
 Are any of your household self-isolating or have any of them been?
 To the best of your knowledge have you been in close contact with anyone else who is symptomatic of Covid-19?
 To answer the following with the word ‘Yes”
o Do you accept that your participation in the walk may increase your risk of exposure to infection with the virus relative to no-participation?
o Do you agree to inform Angela or Bev at Path2Peaks should you develop any symptoms consistent with Covid-19 any time within 14 days of the end of the walk? Angela and Bev as walks leader undertakes to do the same.
• please confirm that you will bring:
o A small bottle of hand sanitiser
o A face mask or covering (such as a buff) with you in case it is required.
o Appropriate clothing for the activity.
o Drink, lunch, snacks.
o Sunglasses and sun cream, midge repellent (as appropriate).
o A small personal first aid kit (plasters, painkillers, medication,)

 

 

 

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May Newsletter



By Bev England

Hello and welcome to our May Newsletter it’s been a busy month

What’s been happening to Angela and Bev?

We held our monthly ‘Women’s well-being walk’ 6th May what a great turnout we had.

We walked form Surprise View over to Higger Tor and Robins Hoods cave at Stanage with a welcome stop of ice creams and a celebratory drink at the Fox house afterwards.  The weather was superb and the views just staggering

Next Well-being walk  – Sunday July 1st 2018

A huge Congratulations to our ladies who made it to the top of Snowdon

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“Angela and Bev – we did it!! Top of Snowdon, thanks for your support the other Sunday- Jo and Di xx see you on the 1st July”

And a huge congratulations to the Ladies who walked the ‘Lady Anne’ Walk a 100 mile ‘self-supported’ walk across Beautiful Yorkshire dales through the Eden Valley and ending up in Penrith.

We wild camped and had a great time in magnificent weather – it was tough going with big numbers to hit in terms of mileage each day – everyone was fantastic and met their own personal goals we are very proud of you all well done.

Here’s the team enjoying the walk.

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Book Review

Our Book Review this month is

Touching the void by Joe Simpson

Book Review June 2018

Winner of the NCR Award for non-fiction and the Boardman Tasker award.

This is one of the most inspiring books I have read regarding the instinct to survive against all the odds…………………..

Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson’s terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. But what really happened up on the mountain makes a gripping read – A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.

This is a story of friendship pushed to the limit – What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

You will find you cannot put this book down and even if you are not a mountaineer you will enjoy this true life epic.

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Packing Light for an Expedition

Packing Light for an Expedition

 

Pack as light as possible – you will need less than you think.

By Angela Owen

Only take the things you can’t do without and not the things you could do with.

1) You don’t need that. Or that. Or that either – should be your mantra when packing don’t take things you might need on the off chance. If you are saying what if? – you won’t need it so get rid.

2) If your clothes take up more than one third of your bag you are taking too much. Pack one set of dry clothes and wear the clothes you will need for walking.

3) Accept that you are going to be smelly, I would rather pack an extra chocolate bar than have a clean pair of pants. Bamboo underwear is great when you need to wear the same pair for a few days.

4) Pack as you would for a night away, you don’t need any more stuff than that.

5) Don’t carry more than 15% of your body weight as it will make your journey miserable and sore.

6) You always pack your rucksack full so go for a smaller one.

7) Merino wool clothing is great it is super lightweight keeps you warm in the cold and cool in the heat and you can wear it for days without stinking.

“He who would travel happily must travel light.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Pack as light as possible, you will need less than you think.

What to pack in your expedition rucksack: –

Essentials:

• A large rucksack between 35 and 65 litres:

• Small tent or bivvy bag

• A portable stove, basically you want a stove that won’t weigh you down too much and is easy to get up and going. There are lots of tasty expedition meals available where you just add water. – Don’t forget the gas.

• Waterproof Jacket

• Warm clothes, pack a fleece and avoid jeans – which are a nightmare when wet. I wear my walking kit and then just pack a pair of leggings and a warm top as tent wear, I wear my socks to bed and they dry overnight.

• Cutlery: cup/plate/spork,

• Sleeping mat

• Sleeping bag: Something appropriate to the season. Down is great for winter but if it gets wet you’ll be in for a world of trouble. Bonus tip: A dry sack or bin liner will help keep your sleeping bag dry even if the weather turns sour.

• Head Torch

• Large water bottle – I use a Nalgene bottle as it will take boiling water and I put it into the foot of my sleeping bag as a hot water bottle.

• Food and drinks and chocolate: High energy snacks such as nuts are a great way to keep you going.

• Water purifying tablets. (I boil fresh running water for around 10 minutes to purify it but this can carry health risks.)

• A dry bag: keeps your clothes and sleeping bag dry. Bring a few if needed.

• Insect repellent: Stops the midges making your life miserable and wards off ticks.

• A whistle.

Optional:

·         Camping Pillow or you can always roll up clothes.

·         Small trowel, the best way to dig a hole in the event of needing the loo, wet wipes and hand sanitizers are also useful.

·         Sunglasses and sun cream.

·         A first aid kit with the addition of a tick remover. (I will be carrying a comprehensive first aid kit)

·         Toiletries and any medication kept in a dry bag, if you need to use soap, please ensure it is biodegradable to avoid any negative effect on the environment.

·         Gloves, a buff, a warm hat, sun hat with a cap.

·         Walking poles – I take them when carrying a heavy pack as it reduces the impact on my knees.

·         Pen knife.

Please also ensure you have supportive and waterproof boots suitable for getting off the beaten track.

See my blog about keeping your feet happy and blister free.

What I have packed for a 6 day expedition.

You don’t need that. Or that. Or that either – should be your mantra when packing don’t take things you might need on the off chance. If you are saying what if? – you won’t need it so get rid. Bamboo knickers are a great investment

Minimising the impact when camping in a remote location.

• Wild Camp off-the-beaten-track on open hills away from houses and farms.

• Pitch tents later in the day and leave early to minimise our visual presence.

• Leave no trace that we have camped. This is how long it takes for some items to decay, a banana peel – a month, paper – a couple of months, a wool scarf – 1 year, a hard-plastic container – 3 decades and a rubber boot sole – 7 decades.

• Don’t light any fires and only use gas stoves for cooking.

• Toileting should be at least 30 m away from any water source or path, and waste buried at least 15cm deep and covered over. Carry paper and any sanitary items away with you.

• Take away all rubbish and food scraps with you.

• Do not pollute the area with any non-eco-friendly detergents and must not use streams and rivers for washing with soaps or other washing products.

• Choose your pitch carefully and avoid digging ditches, trampling plants and moving rocks and stones just to accommodate your tent.

• Be quiet.

• If possible, use unobtrusive coloured tents that blend in with the scenery.

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Trek Training

Trek Training


Taking on a long-distance trek is a great personal achievement, trek training will help you to get the most out of the challenge.

By Angela Owen

Trek Training – ready for a long day walk, a long-distance challenge or classic Worldwide long-distance routes? – We can help with your preparation.

Taking on a long-distance trek is a great personal achievement, trek training will help you to get the most out of the challenge. Our trek training programme is designed to help trekkers of all abilities  and will ensure that your fitness levels are where they should be for your big adventure.

With Path2Peaks Guided Walks you are guaranteed a fantastic day outdoors, stretch your legs, enjoy the fresh air and take in some fantastic views. Our flexible Trek Training Programme allows you to select the walks and dates to suit your individual needs. Please see our calendar and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Path2Peaks Trek Training Programme  costs £200 per person and includes seven walks of your choice– which are usually priced at £40 per walks per person, a highly qualified and experienced mountain leader with a wilderness first aid qualification.

It is time to get those boots mucky and get you ready for your next challenge.

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”

Thomas Jefferson

Our flexible Trek Training Programme allows you to select the walks and dates to suit your individual needs. Please see our calendar and do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Please check out our other walking programmes.

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Walking is not only a fantastic form of exercise but it rejuvenates both your mind and body. A six-hour hill walk, at two miles an hour, can burn up to 1,400 calories. Getting out and walking in the fresh air reduces stress, lowers your chances of stroke or heart attack, and tackles depression.

Discover the Peak District with Local Guides who will share their knowledge about the geology history and wildlife of the area.

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Learn the Art of Navigation

Learn The Art of Navigation


Gain the confidence needed to successfully plan your own navigationally challenging walks, or refresh rusty techniques.

By Angela Owen

Using GPS is a great navigational tool if it isn’t the only tool you have, batteries run flat, the straight line they show doesn’t consider cliff edges. A GPS should never be a substitute for a map and compass. Learning the art of navigation is all about locating exactly where you are and being able to decide the quickest, easiest and safest route back. Navigation is a skill like any other skill it takes time and practice – trial and error so start in a lowland area learn the basics of reading a map and then move on to mastering a compass and reading the contours of the land.

“When walking alone in a jungle of true darkness,

there are three things that can show you the way:

instinct to survive, the knowledge of navigation,

creative imagination. Without them, you are lost.”

― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Path2Peaks Navigation Practice Courses – we will take you off the beaten track, this is a practical and fun way to learn the art of navigation. Our hands on one or two full day courses are based in the Dark Peak area, which is a perfect place to practice navigational skills. Select from our Bronze, Silver or Gold packages.

Most Mountain Rescue call outs are due to use of inappropriate footwear, poor planning and bad navigation.  Navigation in the UK is difficult as we don’t have lots of signposts scaring the landscape.

What you will learn

Gain the confidence needed to successfully plan your own navigationally challenging walks, or refresh rusty techniques.

  • Setting the map
  • Interpreting contours
  • Key Symbols
  • How to use the compass
  • Navigating in poor or limited visability
  • Estimating distances using pacing and timings
  • Plan and follow routes across featureless terrain
  • What to do if you think you are lost
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Who are our courses for?

Our courses are perfect for complete novices, seasoned walkers or those wishing to do their HML or ML training. It will give you the confidence needed to devise your own routes.

  • Individuals preparing for a National Body Qualification
  • Team Building Events
  • Novices
  • Seasoned Walkers
  • Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers
  • People Preparing for a Long Distance Trek
  • Hill and Mountain Lovers
  • Duke of Edinburgh Practice
  • People who love the Great Outdoors

Course Dates

Bronze

Saturday 30th June 2018

Silver

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July 2018

Gold

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July 2018

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Bronze, Silver and Gold Navigation Courses.

Path2Peaks Navigation Practice Courses – we will take you off the beaten track, this is a practical and fun way to learn the art of navigation. Our hands on one or two full day courses are based in the Dark Peak area, which is a perfect place to practice navigational skills. Select from our Bronze, Silver or Gold packages. These courses make a fantastic gift for someone who loves the great outdoors.
Prices include a qualified and insured Mountain Leader with a Wilderness First Aid Certification


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Parkhouse hill and Chrome hill are known as the ‘Dragons back’ these huge chunks of limestone are coral reefs left towering high above the landscape from when a warm sea submerged the peak, more 340 million years ago. These hills have been noted as an official Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the wide range of limestone flora so they are a truly spectacular place to walk. The walk involves quite a lot of height gain – for people who are fit and active this will not cause a problem, but there are some steep ascents and descents over slippery limestone which need care. A great walk with fantastic photo opportunities, definitely a walk you will remember

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The Coast to Coast walk is the brainchild of Alfred Wainwright, a well-known writer and hill-walker. The 190 mile walk from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay crosses 3 National Parks, undoubtedly some of England’s finest scenery.  Starting beside the Irish Sea with wonderful walking through the mountains of the Lake District, then across the Pennines and down Swaledale, the North York Moors and then on to dramatic coastal scenery on the east coast. This Coast to Coast Guided Walking Holiday will be an adventure you will never forget.

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Training for the Tour du Mont Blanc


Training Top Tips for the Tour de Mont Blanc
Angela Black and White
Angela Owen
Mountain Leader

It’s on our bucket list is it on yours?  Why not make it happen this summer?  I know the statistics look scary and you probably don’t think you are fit enough, I am 42 and I have let far too many adventures pass me by because I didn’t think I was fit or young enough – it’s only been in the past few years that I have learnt that the body will do what the mind tells it to.

“Every adventure requires a first step” – The Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland. We will be led by a qualified International Mountain Leader, to ensure safety and the highest levels of mountain leadership. Icicle Mountaineering ensure their leaders share history and information about the local area as well as showing us the amazing scenery – and we have the added experience of staying in traditional mountain huts for two nights set high in the mountains, away from the valley villages.

During the week we will pass through France, Italy and Switzerland, so we can enjoy the different cultures, architecture, and the food of each country over the week.

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The Tour du Mont Blanc is an endurance hike and you can easily increase your fitness levels in the months leading up to it.  Walking is loads of fun and great for your mind, body and soul so this doesn’t need to be a chore. Think positively and positive things will happen.

  • Make walking part of your daily routine, start walking to work or come home and go straight out for a walk.
  • Meet friends for walks at the weekends
  • Use your lunch breaks to go for a walk
  • Use a pedometer to help you track your steps and set new achievable goals each week.
  • Get accustomed to carrying a ruck sack – take one with you on all walks however short they may be.
  • Sign up to a challenge walk for charity, if people have sponsored you, you are less likely to find excuses not to go.
  • Get yourself booked onto a trek trainning day
  • Book a walking weekend so you can practice back to back walking over long distances.
  • Practice walking in the mountains we have plenty in the UK
  • Climb stairs – ditch the lifts
  • Rest when you need to when you are building up your fitness
  • Join a walking group
  • Set yourself monthly distance targets
  • Set target reminders on your calendar
  • Get up 30 minutes earlier so you can do a daily walk
  • Do spinning or swimming at a local gym three times a week to build up your aerobic fitness.
  • Invest it a good quality pair of boots and use my 7 top tips to avoid blisters
  • Take plenty of high energy – high protein snacks on your trainning walks

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Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc

Brief Itinerary

Saturday – Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00

Sunday – Distance: 24km, Ascent: +1750m, Descent: -1300m Les Houches, Col de Voza, Col de Tricot. Night in Nant Borrant

Monday – Distance: 15km, Ascent: +1300m, Descent: -900m Cross the Col du Bonhomme, Col des Fours. Night in Les Mottets

Tuesday – Distance: 24km, Ascent: +1100m, Descent: -1700m Cross Col de Seigne, Arete Mont Favre, Col Checroui, Courmayeur area

Wednesday – Distance: 16km, Ascent: +1600m, Descent: -700m Ascend to Bertoni, Mont de la Saxe, Pas Entre Deux Sauts, Bonatti / Elena

Thursday – Distance: 33km, Ascent: +1600m, Descent: -2100m Trek Grand Col Ferret, Ferret, La Fouly, Praz de Fort, Issert, Champex Lac

Friday – Distance: 31km, Ascent: +1850m, Descent: -2000m Trek Fenetre d’Arpette to Trient, Col de Balme to Tre-le-Champ / Argentiere

Saturday – Distance: 25km, Ascent: +1500m, Descent: -1800m Trek the length of the Aiguilles Rouges, Flegere, & Brevent to Les Houches

Sunday -Breakfast in Chamonix, then the accommodation check out is by 10:00.

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