Sunday, 17 June 2012


I forgot to mention this but Nick and I are doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks walk next Saturday.  The girls are having an indulgent weekend at their grandparents and we are going to go for it.

I think I can make it round ok but there are a few little niggling concerns.
  1. Sweating
  2. Socks
  3. Sausage fingers
The sweating is a combination of being a bit overweight and my age I think.  I have now got some wicking polyester t-shirts which are pretty good at dealing with the sweat - just a bit pongy.  The problem with cotton t-shirts is the fact that they get wet and they don't really dry for hours and you end up feeling cold and clammy.  I also have some decent walking trousers now.  This leaves just one small issue - pants!  All of my pants are cotton and so all of the same issues apply.  I think I may have found a solution - Tilley Coolmax Extreme Briefs!  I'll let you know how I go on after my 24 mile trek!

Socks - it's all about size.  I have really diddy feet.  The smallest womens walking socks are still a bit on the big size.  Today we called in at Whalley Warm and Dry  and I found some Falke socks that are really dinky.  Not just kids socks either but for adult shoe size 2.5 -3.5!  They are brill.  Really good shaping too with a left sock and right sock - I realise how daft that sounds but I mean anatomically shaped for left and right feet not that there are two of them!! Handknitted socks just don't have the support or padding of some of these awesome technical socks.  How nerdy am I?

Whalley Warm and Dry is a really good local outdoor shop.  They specialise in Paramo clothing.  It's fabulous but pricey.  They also do proper boot fitting.  I can't really stretch to a new pair of boots at the moment but maybe next year.  I will go there and have a proper fitting I think.  Never done that before.  I deserve it. Got my socks and new knickers from there.  I think I probably spent more on one pair of knickers than I usually do on all of my knickers in 2 or 3 years!!! 

Oh the sausage fingers.  This is a funny one.  It only happens when I am hot and fell walking.  My fingers and hands really swell up.  So much so that I now take my wedding ring off before heading to the hills because it is just too tight.   It doesn't happen when I get hot cycling, just hill walking so it could be to do with the position of my arms.  Solution.  Trekking poles.  Now I am not sure how well I am going to get on with poles so have got a really cheap pair to begin with.  I'm hoping that having my arms flexed most of the time rather than hanging by my sides will help.  Also holding the poles should help too.  Again, we'll see next week how all these solutions fare.


scarletti said...

How did you fare with all your 3's?

Loki-Lou said...

I can totally understand what you mean about the socks! I have tiny feet too and when I go walking in the Lakes it's all about keeping the feet as comfy as possible!

How did the Yorkshire 3 Peaks go?

scarletti said...

Hope you're all having a brilliant summer.