Travelling and walking have been passions of mine for nearly 30 years. I’m particularly addicted to Britain’s extensive network of footpaths, a somewhat frustrating habit on account that I live on the other side of the planet (Vancouver Island to be precise). Nevertheless I have enjoyed many solo rambles over the years as well as a brief stint leading walks in the Cotswolds and North York Moors.

In recent years I’ve become very interested in tracing my family history. Many if not most of my 18th and 19th century ancestors emmigrated from England, Scotland and Ireland. I enjoy the detective work needed to piece together the facts, however gaining an insight into how they actually lived is even more rewarding. And visiting an ancestor’s birthplace or resting place is one of my favourite ways of doing this.

Other obsessions include ice hockey, cricket, local history and real ale (but not necessarily in that order).

Thanks for dropping by!
Steve Clifford

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  1. Have just happened upon your blog. I did LEJOG between 5 April and 13 June this year, 2009. Loved (almost) every minute of it. I camped 47 out of 70 nights using a tarp. Food was the main item that made my pack heavier than I’d have liked. Sometimes I was carrying breakfasts and (home cooked and then dehydrated) evening meals for up to six days at a time. The upside of this was that I always had this food available which meant that I could wild camp wherever I found somewhere suitable and it cut down on the overall cost significantly. There’s lots more I could say but I wouldn’t want to bore you or spoil your enjoyment of planning for yourself and making your own mistakes!

    • Hi Geoff,
      Thanks very much for your comments! I really enjoyed your blog and followed it every day. I still haven’t made a decision one way or the other but I have spent quite a few hours researching B&B’s to see if my budget is realistic … still more work to do. I updated my “gear” page yesterday and plan to update my main blog today with some more gear-related postings. I’m in the final stages of deciding on a pack so I would value your opinion. At this point the Osprey Exos 46 is at the top of my list. Thanks again Geoff. Cheers, Steve.

  2. Hi Steve,

    I just came across your blog on google whilst looking for blogs on the Gossamer Gear Gorilla.

    I’m particularly interested in hearing about your preparations and gear choices.

    A friend who walks with me has just bought an Exos and is over the moon with it. He is replacing his 1.8kg Cross rucksack and thinks he might have to pack some lead to stop him from floating away its so light!

    Looking forward to hearing more about your progress.


    • Hi Marcus,

      Thanks very much for your post. I’ve logged about 40 miles with my new Osprey Exos 46 and I’m very pleased with my choice. I purchased the “Large” version which is 49 litres and weighs just under 1.1kgs. I’ve decided not to camp and so I will have more than enough room in this bag.

      I’ve walked with an average of 10kgs. of gear (my target weight) and the Exos feels really good. I really like the mesh back panel that stretches across the frame allowing air to flow between your back and the bag. I sweat pretty easily but this design combined with a shirt that wicks away moisture makes for a very comfortable fit.

      I have only two minor criticisms, both of which I knew about before I purchased the pack. First, it’s top-loading as are many (if not most) packs of this type. It means I have to be more organized in how I pack my bag but this is a small sacrifice. Second, I wish Osprey had made it easier to remove the bag that sits on the top of the pack. It is removable but it’s not something you can pop on and off in 5 seconds, yet I think it is something that could have been worked into the design. Overall I’d give the Exos 46 a 9 out 10.

      Thanks again for your comments.


  3. Ok, you’ve made you’re point – why not come back now ? It’s a nice windy, rainy day here on the island, and you have a nice grey cubicle missing you. What could be better ?

    Failing that , good to hear your started and glad you got the picture. Hope the bus’s keep working for you.

    • Thanks David. How I pine for my little grey cubicle … then again maybe not. I just remembered that I forgot to take my mandatory tea breaks as you clearly instructed before I left. I’ll need to set an alarm on my iPod.

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