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#60556 - 01/04/11 11:11 AM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: slowcoach]
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A point I note with interest. Being conscious of this I was less prepared for mishap with the tarp set-up I took last year. A bivvy bag would fare better for such an emergency though the tent or tarp could be wrapped around the sleeping bag if the circumstances dictated. Likewise a sleeping bag with a windproof outer ie. Pertex, is a better all-round choice.
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#60566 - 01/04/11 07:00 PM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: lightweightmick]
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How many socks you wear is a matter of personal opinion. I also wear two pairs, although many are happy with one. I would therefore take two spare pair.

I also believe that a quality pair of insoles are a tremendous influence on comfort and minimize the likelihood of blisters developing. I wear superfeet, they are expensive, but to me they are worth their weight in gold.

Foot comfort, above all else can be a critical factor in ya walkers success or failure.

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#60571 - 01/04/11 10:06 PM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: slowcoach]
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Yea. My family keep mentioning some gel insoles from Aldi or something (just search for Aldi gel insoles and they'll come up). No idea if they'll be any use, they'd maybe be an option for my walking trainers.

My feet tend to destroy what's underneath them. I'm heel-heavy, on my trainers I've basically worn through either the heel on the insole or the grip on the sole (to the point where it becomes a slipper or water comes in).

Got enough stuff to be having a minor excursion next week anyway.

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#60577 - 02/04/11 02:55 PM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: Evil Budgie]
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I too wear two pairs of socks with boots and prefer Thorlo 'Trecking',. Two pairs of the Trecking are quite thick so often I will wear a pair of Thorlo Light Hiking socks as a first layer.
Don't get those Gel insoles, they don't compress enough with foot movement, the soles of your feet do instead and can lead to bruising problems.
As SC says Superfeet, the latest Orange ones are best, but cost between 30 and 40. I paid the latter when they first came out.
Sorbothane 'Double Strike' are also excellent and I prefer these on high mileage as the cushioning is second to non. They are also lighter weight than they used to be, just check you have enough depth in your boots as they are quite thick in places.
The advantage of good lightweight gear on a 12 day journey is that everything will easily fit in a 50 Litre sac with room to spare, but don't worry, most of my walking has been done, with probably similar to what you are taking.
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#60584 - 02/04/11 08:39 PM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: Slogger]
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Insoles have improved considerably since they were cork! I have worn them for a number of years now and if you change from a cheap(ish) pair to a good pair the difference is immediately noticeable. It is, of course, advantageous to buy insoles and boots together then you are sure of a good fit but it puts the cost up alarmingly. Boots ...120 insoles ...40 ..... but, comfortable to wear all day, never a blister and they feel like slippers.

Occasionally I guide the police on nightime lamping operations. I wear my boots for over 36 hours and still don't know I have them on.

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#60591 - 02/04/11 09:18 PM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: slowcoach]
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...are you saying lamping is illegal or only in certain locations..? I had a brush with a shooter over this last week on my 2 pubs, 2 pints midnight 8 miler in the dark last week.
I would be grateful of any information - it seems that shooters don't seem to think that anyone would be foolish enough to be out using public rights of way at night...
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#60596 - 02/04/11 11:00 PM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: lightweightmick]
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Lamping certainly illegal, there is no question about that! The North Yorkshire police only have one full time specialist wildlife officers but many others who combine this activity with their normal patrol. This is with whom I deal.

All the patrols that I have accompanied (I don't join in with arrests etc) have involved dogs. Don't under any circumstances approach these people, they are particularly vicious. If you can get registration numbers etc pass it on to the local police station who, in their turn, will pass it on to the relevant section.

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#60602 - 04/04/11 10:52 AM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: slowcoach]
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Thanks for that SC - I'll bear it in mind!
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#60809 - 14/04/11 11:36 PM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: lightweightmick]
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Okay just the socks left to get now. There's loads of brands around the 10-20 mark, might get a North Face pair to bump my order up so I get free delivery. Any brands I should avoid? I'm a bit suspicious of the 1000 Mile ones because of the seemingly ludicrous claims.

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#60811 - 15/04/11 06:17 AM Re: Newbie 12+ day journey [Re: Evil Budgie]
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Again, the choice of socks is a matter of preference. Are you going to wear one or two pair?Are you going to carry a spare pair?

Avoid cheapo market stall ones and buy from a good walking shop and you won't go far wrong. The North Face should be fine. (I wear Bridgedale and have had no problems)

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