Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!


5th January 2010

Last year, postings on here were beginning to look like a daily winter weather report for Macclesfield and its surrounding areas. As it happens, it now turns out that the inaugural post of 2010 is much in the same vein. Such an amount of snow turned up overnight to join what awaited my return from Ireland that I think that I never saw so much hereabouts before. The trees are almost white, whatever about the several inches covering the ground; anyone who engaged in clearances and gritting yesterday has their efforts undone. Mind you, grippy snow can be negotiated with decent footwear and us hill wanderers should have plenty of that so we should with snow easily until a freeze-thaw cycle starts to bring ice. My normally resting pair of Scarpa ZG10 boots was pressed into service and has done sterling work for me as I wondered why anyone would try going anywhere in normal shoes if they had anything better to hand. Everywhere looks pretty in white though it's all monochrome in feel with the equally white skies overhead. All in all, it looks as if more practice in full winter conditions lies ahead with the current run of weather likely to last for a good while yet.

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