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  • UK Adventure: Wrongpacking At Helvellyn
  • amandawishart
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    Amanda, Rhys and James head up Helvellyn in an effort to see whether a stiff climb for tea and an enduro descent for breakfast is a recipe for fun. Wo …

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    oceandweller
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    Good on ya. Bivying is the only way for real back country folk! You did get lucky with the weather tho. On a warm wet night a bivy bag can be the most miserable experience this side of a Smiths concert… (Apologies to Smiths fans, but even you know what I mean, eh?)

    wheelsonfire1
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    Isn’t this from a previous edition of the magazine? Are you trying to send me mad?

    stwhannah
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    @wheelsonfire1 it’s a test to see if you’re paying attention, you’ve passed! Actually, maybe you haven’t… we’ve republished this to the web so everyone can read it because it’s a finalist for ‘best article’ in the Reader Awards. 🙂

    wheelsonfire1
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    I always pay attention, don’t always understand or retain information at my age. However, I’d re-read that article the other day in preparation for my trip in early November. Stopping in the motorhome in the Patterdale Hall estate CL again right on the Grisedale route, a smashing site run by North East YMCA along with a small number of log cabins over the road. However, back to the article, I really enjoyed it as it had some relevance to me – no passport for several years – and combined with a Wainwright book brought some enjoyment. I can recommend (as recommended on here by someone else), a day in the life of a mountain on BBC, describes Helvellyn well.
    21 year old Gringo (Triggers broom) is being serviced ready, it’ll not let me down but my legs might!

    jimmy
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    Nice article, to my humble brain it’s very well written and engaging.

    Oblongbob
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    First time I’ve read it – I thought it was a great article

    vmgscot
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    What shorts is @amandawishart wearing on this trip – asking for a [girl]friend

    amandawishart
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    @vmgscot They’re from Patagonia (Dirt Craft). I ended up buying both colours because they’re such good quality. Highly recommend!

    vmgscot
    Full Member

    Thanks @amandawishart – how did you find the sizing?

    amandawishart
    Full Member

    Generous! They’re one of few brands that make space for hips and thighs, so I did my usual trick of ordering the size I expected to be, then had to exchange them for the size down. I’m a UK 14 short, and I wear Patagonia size 10 that they label a medium.

    brakestoomuch
    Full Member

    Enjoyed that, a lot. A rollercoaster ride in more than one way. I always like the stories with a more human element, and the extra photos here are a great addition.

    swavis
    Full Member

    That kick up turns out to be a scramble, a common occurrence on a James Vincent ride.

    Hahaha, this is spot on!

    I’d not read this one, a great article, and photo’s 😉

    crossed
    Full Member

    Another kit question @amandawishart what’s your opinion of the Rapha jacket? Their shorts and jerseys are good but I’m tempted by the jacket.

    shermer75
    Free Member

    Enjoyed that! Great stuff, really makes you look forward to the next adventure…

    amandawishart
    Full Member

    @crossed It’s a great windproof, and good for a splashy ride where the ground is wet but the sky is clear. I love the colour of it, I’m a fan of visibility! It is stained with mud that won’t come out, but other than that I have no complaints (and really, what was I to expect from a white trail jacket?!)

    rausage
    Free Member

    Gosh, this was a good piece.

    misteralz
    Free Member

    That was a fantastic read.

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