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John Manning (pctjohnbadger) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Stainforth
About Me Day job: freelance outdoor journalist, contributor to TGO (The Great Outdoors) Magazine, the UK's finest wilderness hiking monthly.
Trails: Pennine Way; English Coast to Coast; West Highland Way; Wolds Way; Pacific Crest Trail & John Muir Trail (USA); Calderdale Way; Bear's Ring (Finland) & more
Highest country peaks: Slovenia (Triglav); Iceland; Lower 48 states (Whitney); Wales (Snowdon); England (Scafell Pike); Scotland (Ben Nevis); Eire (Carantouhil); Northern Ireland; Morroco (Toubkhal);
Treks: Nepal; Peru; Morroco; India; & more
CitySettle
StateYorkshire
CountryUnited Kingdom
My Website URLhttp://www.outdoorsmanning.com

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'Fessing up...
Is this the moment to 'fess up that I used Vitamin I and latté on the PCT in '04? And I'm sure I saw Dave T inhaling squirrel pee one night... how else would we have managed 17-milers ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Uncovering the Truth: Underground Doping in the Long Distance Hiking Community
April 01, 3:52am

Winter 'Gorms... almost as good as Hardcastle Crags!
Splendid photos Chris - what a contrast between these and your autumn Cairngorm photo essay. Could be different planets. I've been through the 'Gorms many times but never enjoyed that much...

In Editor's Roundtable » Winter in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
January 23, 8:24am

REI
I wish we had a trader like REI in the UK. I've bought plenty of gear there on my US trips. In 2004 I had to return a pair of shoes that tore across the sole and not only did they trade them ...

In Chaff » Ethics and REI Return Policy
January 30, 2:46am

Re: Re: Just another thought...
I was told recently by a guy who attempted to hike the length of North and South Islands that the Te Araroa steers clears of the real mountains for much of its way; he gave up on it and devised hi...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Skurka looking for expedition ideas
January 17, 11:49am

Re: Re: Skurka looking for expedition ideas
Agree with Andy - he's living the life I'd give my eye teeth to live. And he's come closer to making it a job than most. AND he's look at ways he could be making a difference while ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Skurka looking for expedition ideas
January 16, 11:51am

Re: Cape wrath
The Cape Wrath Trail site by the way isn't Cameron's, it's run by my pal Tom Forrest, who's done several TGO Challenges himself and lives in the Highlands, occasionally providing ac...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Skurka looking for expedition ideas
January 16, 5:02am

The TGO Challenge/UK coastline hike etc
Ah, Andy, you already know what I think about the TGO Challenge! That said, it's a short hike in your terms - about 200 miles usually, over two weeks, and 200 very sociable miles at that. ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Skurka looking for expedition ideas
January 16, 4:47am

An inspiration
Colin Fletcher's books, especially the Thousand Mile Summer, inspired me to cross the pond and hike in Yosemite and later to thru' hike the PCT. I don't think his books will ever be ...

In Philosophy & Technique » R.I.P. Colin Fletcher
June 18, 4:19am

I carried...
I thru' hiked the trail in ’04 and hauled a very heavy average 9-litres of water (almost 2.5 of your US gallons) during the driest So-Cal days. It didn't slow me down that much either, th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Like a spring in the desert
April 10, 3:38am

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