Saturday 4th October 2014
11am – 3pm
Join us on Saturday 4th October at our central Manchester Superstore for four exciting and informative talks from leading Cicerone experts and authors on a range of subjects covering Map and Compass skills, planning your first alpine trek, walking the GR20 and trekking in the Himalayas.
Tickets are just £10 for an all-day pass (listen to as many talks as you like) or just £5 per talk (with all proceeds going to Mountain Rescue).
11:00 – 12:00 – Map & Compass workshop (Pete Hawkins)
Pete Hawkins trained as a geography teacher and taught in schools for a year before escaping to the Peak National Park's Environmental Centre for an outdoor job.
In this session Pete will arm you with essential map reading and compass skills.
As a navigation instructor he is well placed to guide both beginners on how to read a map and compass and the more experienced on how to hone their navigation skills. He runs the Silva-sponsored Silva Navigation School from his Peak District home.
Pete has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, has worked for the BBC as a local radio reporter and leads walking holidays both at home and around the world.
12:15 – 1:00 – Walking the GR20 (Paddy Dillon)
Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 60 guidebooks to his name, as well as more than a dozen booklets and brochures. He writes for outdoor magazines and other publications, as well as for tourism organisations.
Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.
In this talk Paddy will talk about the highlights and challenges of walking the GR 20 – the long distance trail that traverses Corsica diagonally from north to south. It is considered to be the most difficult of all the GR routes and one of the most beautiful mountain trails in Europe
1:15 – 2:00 – Planning your first Alpine trek (Kev Reynolds)
2:15 – 3:00 – Trekking in the Himalayas (Kev Reynolds)
Spending several months every year among various high mountain regions researching guidebooks, makes Kev Reynolds “The Man with the World's Best Job”.
In these 2 talks, Kev will draw from his comprehensive experience of trekking across the world and will cover key things you need to consider when embarking on a trekking adventure including but not limited to kit to take, route selection and staying safe.
Kev has enjoyed a successful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.
A frequent contributor to outdoor magazines, Kev also writes and illustrates brochures for national tourist authorities and travel companies. When not away in the mountains, Kev lives with his wife in a small cottage among what he calls 'the Kentish Alps', with unrestricted walking country on the doorstep. But he also travels throughout Britain during the winter months to share his love of the places he writes about through a series of lectures.