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Welcome to Doodlecat, where we enjoy the pleasures of life (with a slight bias towards the outdoors). This page is regularly updated with news and views plus information about any additions or changes to the various parts of the site. It acts as Doodlecat’s Blog too, so the odd rant considered opinion may pop up from time to time.

I would love to be able to say that Doodlecat is all my own work, but it isn’t. Much of the outdoors content is courtesy of the splendid people who participate in the annual TGO Challenge (there is a section entirely devoted to this unique event) and many others.

To help in tracking down that elusive morsel on Doodlecat, the search facility under the title bar above is tailored to help you find it, either on this home page (Doodlecat's Blog) all the rest of the site (Main Site) or – if all else fails - the internet!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Wrong Trousers

I was going to do a post about our wet weekend in the Lakes but as me & Miss W are off to Scotland tomorrow, time is tight. So here's just one pic from the weekend showing Shirley in 'The Wrong Trousers'.

Shirley had been trying to order replacement down trews from PHD in a smaller size, but they just got bigger and bigger ... and this pair seem to be accomodating Alan Sloman as well! This was our one night of luxury in a B&B - as for the rest, well, I'm still scraping the mud off the groundsheet of my Akto.

Still, we had some good laughs as well as some extraordinarily wet & blowy walking, especially on Black Crag where the wind really was ripping past. Most invigorating ;-)


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy birthday to me!

I woke up today to discover that it is my birthday (I'd forgotten when I went to bed) so it's off to the bright lights of Bury St Edmunds for a celebratory lunch. All bar one of my cards (bless you Miss W) were of the humourous-sarcastic-wicked variety. I'm not sure whether that says more about me or my friends and family. Here's a couple of examples, courtesy of Richard & Sarah and Alan. An uncannily lifelike representation of Miss W there, Al!


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Getting high in the Highlands

With the applications for the 31st TGO Challenge closing in just two weeks (so if the envelope is still behind the clock on the mantlepiece, best scuttle off to the post box now) I guess some four hundred people will be mulling over potential routes and looking for a bit of inspiration.

Derek Goffin and Ellie Taylor's route for the 2009 event was certainly not one for the faint hearted or inexperienced. They set themselves a huge target; to maintain the highest possible average height for a Challenge crossing.

Derek has written up the adventure, and with detailed maps and a gear list, so this really is a treasure trove of good up to date information for anyone considering a Challenge "Haute Route" for 2010.

You can see how they got on by CLICKING HERE

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