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#59310 - 05/01/11 08:24 PM Re: Pennine Way first timer [Re: Slogger]
Nick Mac Offline
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Registered: 27/07/06
Posts: 118
Loc: Cleckheaton
I agree with the walking poles, but only use one (always get a sore groin without one).

I did try two but with little success, and they seemed to make my knees worse (the sharp pain went within ten mins of going back down to one).

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#59314 - 06/01/11 02:08 PM Re: Pennine Way first timer [Re: Nick Mac]
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Registered: 30/07/09
Posts: 1925
Loc: Yorkshire
"the sharp pain went within ten mins of going back down to one".

...... you did hold them pointed end down I trust?

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#59331 - 06/01/11 11:04 PM Re: Pennine Way first timer [Re: slowcoach]
Nick Mac Offline
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Registered: 27/07/06
Posts: 118
Loc: Cleckheaton
I knew there had to be a reason for it........

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#407279 - 02/01/17 10:15 PM Re: Pennine Way first timer [Re: loneranger]
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Registered: 22/06/05
Posts: 144
Loc: Cardiff, UK
........and?

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#407311 - 21/07/17 08:08 AM Re: Pennine Way first timer [Re: loneranger]
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Registered: 22/06/05
Posts: 144
Loc: Cardiff, UK
My recommendations - What I would take if I was doing it a again.

Keep pack weight down as much as possible.
Take blister patches, some waterproofing for boots (if water soaks through your boots and you wear them it's big trouble for your feet, two walking poles and use both of them - saves around 60 percent of stress on your knees, maps or at the least a good guide book (we did the PW before the slabs were laid so not sure how important OS maps are but there were sections of forest tracks and places where it wasn't obvious where the path went), fleece top, waterproofs, baseball cap (keeps rain and sun out of your eyes), Crocs or very lightweight shoes for the evenings (to wear whilst boots are drying out). We took two days as rest days - one per week.

There were days that really tested me. Mornings when I felt I couldn't get going, feet too sore to get into boots. Ignore those feelings. Most aches and pains go away after you've started walking. If you feel like giving up then don't. I had Wainwright's words in my mind "If you give up on the Pennine Way then you'll be giving up on things all your life". Don't give up....it's a great test of endurance and human spirit. I learnt so much from walking the Pennine Way. Thinking of doing the Alternative Pennine Way soon. Good luck.

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#407312 - 22/07/17 09:34 PM Re: Pennine Way first timer [Re: loneranger]
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Registered: 29/04/05
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Loc: North Yorkshire
There are lots of things that I wouldn't take after my first LDP but the one thing I now add are waterproof socks, I use Sealskinz - I find them really good to both walk in and to keep my feet dry.
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