/ Walking pole just in case?
Cue much yelping, swearing, hopping and a look from the hound that said "If you can't walk you're on your own mate...wonder if there's another runner I can tag along with?". There then followed a slow walk/jog/limp back to the car.
I'm now hobbling round with a swollen bruised foot that I think is just soft tissue damage, but wondering if, in addition to brufen and some out of date co-codamol and naproxen, a walking pole might be a useful extra for times like that. (I am aware looking where I'm going and less brittle ankles might be an even better option).
Anyone else carry one routinely?
I agree it might be potentially be useful, but I've never been to inclined to carry one "just in case". Despite having limped out on an ankle with ligament damage and doubtless made it worse not once, but twice.....
im with iain - carrying just in case, nah. but using 2 to actually cover steep ground with works well.
i run with two a) when its steep, b) when theres bouldery rivers to cross and c) because im a sissy - but a sissy with good knees.
if youre going to start carrying anything, then 1m of wide sports tape to support the ankle, applied as soon as you realize youve done damage, apparently makes a difference. gaffers tape also works, but the roll is larger and the decent stuff costs more than sports tape.
another option is to equip your dog with a little pack, so he can carry them for you. in which case throw in a tarp, thermarest, fire making implements and some stock cubes. if benighted you will be well equipped - with a food source that carries itself.
Good points, and I was glad of my windproof, but would have been down a lot quicker with a bit of support rather than hopping. I'm certainly not advocating carrying bivvi shelters and stoves.
and one of these :
depends on the breed i suppose.
even a torn ligament can be OK as long as you just keep going.. the moment you stop everything swells and its game over, same with taking your shoe off.. 'to check'.. just get off then see.
Its different on a hot day but even on a coolish day with rain its the cold that kills not the injury.
I dislike the FRA/fell runners faith in waterproofs.. like its some magical safety blanket, when in reality once immobile it buys minutes, which could be crucial, but without insulation you can't just sit out and wait.
well the ronnie sunshine gut knife is a no brainer, insane to leave home without one (tho a bigger blade with some serrations down the back would be better).
and the pot? at only 2kgs he wont even notice (until the dogs been eaten and someone has to carry it off the hill).
im left thinking, just to be on the safe side, and assuming ridge has the forsight to get a dog big enough to carry all this (which means more eatin so win win), some carrots, shallots and a bottle of red should be included.
and probably a decent cigar (with clippers of course).
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