On first loves and mistresses
Mr Uphilldowndale is going on an adventure; it combines his first love, sailing, with the sport that has become his mistress, fell-running* he is taking part in the Three Peaks Yacht Race, the idea being to run up the highest peak in England, Wales and Scotland; the usual ‘big challenge’ is to achieve that in under 24 hours, going up and down the mountain and jumping in a minibus for the long and uncomfortable journey between the peaks. That might be enough for most people, but no, some are not content with that; to make it just a little trickier, you sail between the three mountains, it will take longer than 24 hours.
Here’s the route.
Today we had a kit check, having borrowed a set of foul weather gear off his brother (who’s well weathered kit has seen a lot of action around the globe,) we thought we’d best test it, to see just how waterproof it is, Tom used a hosepipe
Give a teenager a hosepipe to aim at his dad and he’s happy, in an adolescent sort of way;
But being cold and wet bother some folk less than others.
The answer is that it is the gear is a bit leaky and needs a bit of re-proofing and I’m tasked with fitting some new braces with a bit more oomph in the elastic.
*when I quipped that sailing was Mr Uhdd’s first love and fell-running his mistress, he agreed with me just a little too readily for my liking. Did I mention he will miss my birthday while he is away on this adventure? Excuse me while I go and research a wide angle lens for the camera, I’ve got some Brownie Points in stock