The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Mobiles
Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
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David was also there, and he turned on his walk-tracking pedometer to compare it with the run-tracker on my phone. They both use GPS, though mine is infinitely more irritating, not only because it uses up all the batteries, but because it announces in a loud voice every five minutes the distance and lack of average speed you are achieving
Given that the Malverns walk is designed to be a social event for all abilities, the average speed was about half that of dragging my four kids reluctantly up a precipitous mountain, whilst their shoes are glued to the floor by mud and chewing-gum. Mensans talk instead of walking, especially Pete, who is particularly good at it. To be fair, that's the point of the walk and I wouldn't have it any other way.
The quarry was underwater, as was to be expected after the phenomenal rainfall we've been having, and it was windy at the top. I managed the annual standing on the toposcope to mark a further year of summits, then it was back down to the virtually empty pub for Thai rice and overpriced fizzy drinks.