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Things that go Click in the night

I took a Nigel Wilson night photography course last Saturday night. It was light on theory, pitched at a good level, and mainly hands-on. We spent around three hours working our way from Waterloo round a square centred on the Eye. I’m going to do the weekend Travel Photography course, if you’re wondering what to […]

Singapore

I’ve been to Singapore for two weeks with work. I didn’t get much time to see the sights, but I did get to go diving in Pulau Aur in Malaysia over the weekend.

 

See the rest of the pictures here…

 

Gorilla Run – RAN!

I ran the Great Gorilla Run 2008, as promised, in my full gorilla suit, and a pink feather boa.

At the end I got a hug and a medal from Bill Oddie, a fearless task as I kept my head and hands on all the way round, and it was a hot sunny Saturday morning […]

Great Gorillas!

I’m running 7 km through Central London on Saturday 27 September. 7 km isn’t a long distance (for me!) so I (and 800 other runners) will be dressed in full gorilla suits.

I’m aiming to raise £500 – if I reach this magic number Credit Suisse will match it, so your donation will […]

Back!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’ve had technical issues with the blog. We’re now on a new host, but the main problem has been upgrading the home computer, which now runs Vista. This broke the old easy way we uploaded photos. Anyway, I’ve spent four months trying different fixes, and finally I found […]

Marathon Ran

On October 7th 2007, my brother-in-law Jo & I ran the Loch Ness Marathon. We both finished, he in 4:15:24 (866/1427), and I in 4:36:05 (1096/1427). Pip & Ginny ran the River Ness 10K at the same time, and Griff, Clare, Amy and Skye came up to babysit, as did my parents in their motorhome.

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Marathon Coming Up!

It’s my marathon in one week – Sunday 7th October.? I did my last 12 miles of training run this morning, and my broken toes have magically got better, so maybe they weren’t broken after all…

Wish me luck (and also some for brother-in-law Jo, who’s also doing it, although he doesn’t need as much […]

Lakes Photos

I’ve been hard at work in Photoshop fixing up the photos from our holiday in Coniston, in the Lake District, early in September. The results are all now posted on the wheresbarney gallery. I’ve stitched some panoramas into QTVR movies, and I’m quite pleased with the results (here, here, here and here)…

There’s even my […]

Three Peaks – Challenging!

I’m back, still alive, mostly recovered and nearly dried-out after our Three Peaks Challenge attempt.

We didn’t succeed – we came off Mount Snowdon about 27 hours after setting out up Ben Nevis – but we were close, and had a good excuse. The weather was pretty appalling overnight, and almost every group on Scafell Pike that night was eventually rescued.

We started up Ben Nevis at midday on Saturday in a light drizzle. We reached the cloud level at around 200m and spent the rest of the day in cloud and rain, although a few swirling breaks in the mist on the way down gave some tantalising glimpses of the views we were missing. The path up Ben Nevis is a tedious set of zig-zags, and even on a clear day you can’t see the summit (1344m, 4406′) until you’re nearly there. We returned to our vehicle five hours later and were on the road twenty minutes after that, bang on time.

 

After the long drive to the West side of the Lake District, we jumped out of the minibus at 11:45 p.m. (three-quarters of an hour late now, delayed by wet weather on the way down) and marched off into a pitch-black night and heavy rain. The Scafell Pike path is just two miles up, and two miles back, but it’s extremely hard to follow in the dark, and is steep and heavy going. We took a few wrong turns on the way up, but got to the top by around 2 a.m. By now we were all soaked under our waterproofs and cold, with strong winds, and rain and low cloud reflecting the head-torches back to reduce visibility to just a few metres. We needed to get back in two hours to avoid losing any more time, and didn’t hang around on the summit (978m, 3210′).

 

I was navigating us back using my GPS to retrace our steps, but didn’t get more than a minute from the top before meeting one of the three other teams with the Anthony Nolan Trust event we were part of. They were being led off the mountain by one of our mountain guides, as they’d already spent an hour up there (in shorts and t-shirts!) trying to find their way down. The mountain leader was bringing them back to the summit for the second time, as they’d all got lost on the way down twice already. We formed a single large group and attempted another route down, navigated by the ML. This ended half way down a steepening scree slope, where we were forced to turn round and go back to the summit again once it became dangerous to go any further down in the dark. By now we’d collected another team, independently attempting the peak and also lost. In the confusion my own team had been split up, but we were reunited on the summit about an hour later. By now the group was 18 strong, and Keith, another mountain leader, had made it to the summit. By now many people in the group were extremely cold. To avoid any further navigational disasters we came down very slowly, with Keith navigating by map and compass, and me cross-checking with GPS. We finally arrived at our vehicle for a bacon sandwich when it was light, at 5:45 a.m. It had taken us six hours to cover four miles, and we were now three hours late.? In the end all three of the four Anthony Nolan teams, plus a few independent teams, were all brought down by the MLs, and the fourth team spent the night on the summit in a bothy bag.

You can see on this picture some of the aborted attempts down, including the steep scree slope we had to U-turn and re-climb.

 

After five hours in the van we’d mostly thawed and dried out, and were glad to finally find some sun for the Pyg path up Mount Snowdon (1085m, 3560′). The top was in cloud, so we couldn’t see the fabled views to the Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland, but the surrounding lakes and valleys looked gorgeous all the way down. Pessimistic about the weather, I hadn’t bothered taking my camera for this climb either, but I’ll be going back some time to do it justice. We started on the path around 11:30 a.m., so we had no chance of getting down in time for the 24 hour limit, but we were on the top 25 hours after setting off, and down again two hours after that.

 

We were in the pub just half an hour later, with a couple of pints and our first proper meal that wasn’t made of chocolate for what seemed like days.

If you sponsored me, thanks very much. I met my target and Credit Suisse are matching the pile with another 500.

If you have Google Earth installed, you can see the tracks in 3D here.GPS tracks converted at GPSVisualizer.com.

 

SPAM A LOT

This is embarrassing.

This morning:

From: Moss, Barney <***@credit-suisse.com>
Date: 03-Aug-2007 11:16
Subject: Full of false promise
To: “HOME (***@wheresbarney.com)” <***@wheresbarney.com>

 

My good friend-As you may know, my previous job was personal secretary to the late Saddam Hussein. Whilst attending to some paperwork I found a personal account containing over $100,000,000. No one else knows about the existance of this account. Due to the UN embargo it is impossible blah blah blah…

All you need to do to receive a guaranteed $25,000,000 in your private bank account is sponsor me for the Three Peaks Challenge next weekend (which I’ve signed up for on a last-minute whim). It’s for the Anthony Nolan Trust, which is generally agreed to be a good cause, and I’ll be working hard for your money.

-best regards, Mr Barney Moss
Unlikely Bank of Nigeria, Ltd

http://www.justgiving.com/threepeaksbarney
http://wheresbarney.com/mini/?p=118
Also I will have a paper sponsorship form next week.

 

And this evening:

 

From: Barney Moss <***@wheresbarney.com>
Date: 03-Aug-2007 21:39
Subject: oh bugger
To:

 

Earlier today I sent you a begging email asking you to sponsor me for the Three Peaks Challenge next weekend.
As you know, I am a witty chap, and I sent my email in the style of a Nigerian 4-1-9 spam .

Unfortunately, as I should know (because I’ve done exactly the same thing before), most people have spam filters on their email, and spam filters don’t always understand my jokes.So, if you got my email earlier today, then please ignore this one. If you didn’t get my email, it might be trapped in your spam filter. But here’s the essence.

I’m attempting to climb Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m), and Mount Snowdon (1,085m) – the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales. In twenty-four hours. That’s 26 miles of hiking up and down mountains (a marathon), and 475 miles of driving.
It’s all in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.

So please sponsor me today – if I meet my target of 500 then my company will match it, doubling your donation.

-thanks, Barney
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http://www.wheresbarney.com
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