Author Archives: Pete

Scarpa Delta Active GTX walking boots

I recently needed to buy a new pair of boots, so I thought I’d share my walking boot experiences from the last few years. I’ll start from 2006 with my first pair of proper boots. Berghaus Explorer IV (2/10) Winter … Continue reading

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Garmin Monterra and the future of Garmin

Until a few years ago if you wanted a GPSr you had little choice but to go to Garmin. Competition was very weak and Garmin products were good, but things have changed. While the historic competitors have failed to up … Continue reading

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New elevation data on this site

I had been pretty disheartened by the poor accuracy of the elevation data from my Magellan eXplorist 710. I guarantee there is no walk I’ve done that I couldn’t make a better estimate at the total ascent that this GPSr can. … Continue reading

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Justin Currie at The Gate, Cardiff

History I first discovered the delights of del Amitri in the mid eighties when the eponymously titled del Amitri album ignited something within. I loved the intertwining guitars, the stunningly crafted pop songs, the lyrical imaginary and the beautiful vocals.  … Continue reading

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mapRoute – Creating a web application

Starting out One morning I woke up with an idea. Wouldn’t it be great to have a web application that allowed me and other walkers/hikers to plan routes. mapRoute was born. There are a few similar apps, but they are … Continue reading

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Custom raster maps for the Magellan eXplorist 710

In the UK we have a long history of excellent map making from the OS (Ordnance Survey) who first mapped out the country in the 18th century for military purposes, hence their slightly odd name. Domestic maps used by most … Continue reading

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Magellan eXplorist 710 first thoughts

After sending the 610 back due to map issues two weeks later I found a brand new eX710 on eBay for £150. I think it has been sitting around for a while though, so no warranty, but I can’t complain … Continue reading

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Ben Folds Five at Bristol O2 Academy

 I first became interested in Ben Folds Five in the 1990’s when the wonderful, but now defunct GLR (BBC Greater London Radio) played them regularly. It wasn’t until 2006 that I finally got round to buying “Whatever and Ever Amen” … Continue reading

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Magellan eXplorist 610 review

I finally decided to get a used eX610 from eBay, which cost £162 including 1:50K OS maps. The unit was 15 months old and had never been out of the box. Here’s my thought’s comparing it to the Garmin GPSMAP60 … Continue reading

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Which GPSr to get next

While I’m in no rush to get a new device, I will need one sooner or later. I’ve been looking at the Satmap Active 10 Plus and the Garmin 62st. I’ll probably buy off eBay, though I’ll be looking for … Continue reading

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