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#48691 - 16/07/09 11:35 PM Walking/Hiking Snobbery!
forkhandles Offline
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Registered: 08/01/09
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Myself and 2 friends(crazy postmen)recently completed the c2c and,apart from 1 issue,we had a wonderful time,met some great people and saw some beautiful places.That 1 issue is the snobbery that is shown to people,like ourselves,who dont wear all the expensive clothing/boots/poles/maps...etc
I stopped playing golf because of this very reason but was very surprised to witness it again whilst walking the c2c.
It was great to be in the company of the'hairy hikers' whom were very much of the same ideals and felt it important to contribute to the ecconamy of each village/town/public house we passed through.
We may have had a few late nights in a number of village pubs but we made a lot of good friends along the way.
So remember,if you're one of those people who look down your noses at us because we might be a bit loud or not dressed correctly or singing Abba songs out loud! Well heres a message for you-"people like us have got as much right to walk the c2c or any other path we choose,as you have so lose the snobbery!
Apart from that it was the best 2 wks i've had for a very long time.

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#48692 - 17/07/09 12:15 AM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: forkhandles]
RedDevil Offline
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Registered: 07/06/07
Posts: 47
Loc: Rochdale
Sorry to hear the snobbery issue

unfortunatly this isnt an issue with walkers.... it seems to be everywhere, as you said golf too

seems you had a bad experience, ive never had this problem... dont let it put you off

PS
although the problem maybe the ABBA songs LOL

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#48694 - 17/07/09 09:30 AM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: RedDevil]
Black Sailor Offline
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Registered: 14/05/05
Posts: 184
This is sad, forkhandles, and also a bit surprising - I've always felt that one of the many good things about walking is that it's a great 'leveller'. How was this snobbery actually apparent?

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#48695 - 17/07/09 10:19 AM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: Black Sailor]
Oldun Offline
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Registered: 01/12/04
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Loc: Renens, Vaud, Switzerland
I noticed a change in the type of walker we met at weekends on the C2C, especially when it was a sunny day. On a wet Monday morning we were back to the hardened friendly "hairy" walkers. The only real time I noticed people looking down their noses at us was in Reeth, it being a very hot evening with plenty of day trippers about drinking beer at the open air tables. I felt that people objected to us even being present in the same vicinity as them. We were stared at and given a wide berth. Mind you I suppose that a couple of bearded wrinklies carrying large packs and smelling a bit high would cause a commotion anywhere.

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#48699 - 17/07/09 01:02 PM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: forkhandles]
*tim* Offline
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Registered: 18/05/09
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Loc: Suffolk
Originally Posted By: forkhandles
who dont wear all the expensive clothing/boots/poles/maps...etc


You wear maps and poles... I understand why you feel you didn't fit in wink

There are dicks in all walks [sorry] of life, why should walking the C2C be any different?

Forget about them, it sounds like you had a great time!!

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#48700 - 17/07/09 01:23 PM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: *tim*]
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Registered: 26/03/09
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i have to say i'm very surprised ; never my experience ; ok you do get those who get dressed up for the ocassion and attach themselves to all the latest gizmos and gadgets ; but at the other extreme you'll also find those wearing their normal popping down to the pub wear.

maybe you just have one of those faces.

maybe you are one of those 'best steer clear of' types.

maybe you are paranoid.

it's seldom always just the other blokes fault ; especially if it keeps happening.

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#48701 - 17/07/09 02:01 PM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: boggleholed]
lightweightmick Online   confused
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Registered: 18/11/04
Posts: 1695
Loc: North Derbyshire UK
I've got used to it over the years. As Ronald Turnbull observes, expensive clothing doesn't get far...
You can judge how close you are to civilisation ie. car parks, watering holes, etc. by the labels. I've seen more Goretex jkts in Tesco than anywhere... with thousands of miles behind me I have yet to own a Goretex jkt! These people will look down on you as you are actually doing what the label intended...
Manufacturers have been quick to promote this and it sounds feasible that the extra sales help keep the price of gear down. I had a RAB eVent jkt for my last C2C - did I stay dry? Did I f*ck. I always wonder where all the fancy boots and jkts get to out there? You don't see so many where they are designed to be - in the middle of nowhere when it's banging it down...
cheers,
lwm
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#48703 - 17/07/09 02:03 PM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: boggleholed]
tim smith Offline
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Registered: 28/10/06
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Loc: england
just one question Forkhandles.
was it folk on the c2c or visiting folk in the towns and villages.
as i have always found that when out walking the fells it is hail fellow , well met.
most walkers when they meet like to swap a few words of comfort or warning, which pubs to go or which to give a miss or just some experiences they have had.
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#48704 - 17/07/09 02:05 PM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: lightweightmick]
lightweightmick Online   confused
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Registered: 18/11/04
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Loc: North Derbyshire UK
ps. the RAB jkt got stolen... screwdrivered the lock and bent the door!
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#48705 - 17/07/09 02:15 PM Re: Walking/Hiking Snobbery! [Re: boggleholed]
Black Sailor Offline
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Registered: 14/05/05
Posts: 184
Originally Posted By: boggleholed
it's seldom always just the other blokes fault ; especially if it keeps happening.

Quite. And anyway, how can you tell that someone is 'looking down their nose' at you? Might this not be simply a justifiable reaction to having a peaceful country walk disturbed by three guys singing Abba songs? ;-)

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