Saturday, 30 April 2011

Introducing the Sporkzilla

Since everyone seems to be doing gear reviews these days and in the absence of anything serious to write about, I thought I'd bring this new bit of gear to the attention of the world or at least that small corner which follows this blog.


Advertised by Outside in Hathersage as the Sporkzilla, it is a monster spork - the red one in the picture is a spork of normal dimensions This truly hyperbolic utensil it is the mother (or should that be Mothra?) of all Sporks - a spork worthy of Crocodile Dundee II (that's the bad one, set in New York). 

Presumably targeted at those with a larger appetite or in a hurry to eat their freeze dried nosh, it weighs in at a hefty 50g (compared to around 10g for a normal spork).  UL backpackers might be inclined to shy away from such a beast but it could easily double up as a poo trowel, tent peg and comb.  It is almost perfect for getting stones out of horses hooves or boy scouts out of girl guides (or other boy scouts).

So rush out and buy one - you know you want to.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Stanage for sale?

My son found this news item on the UKClimbing website

Stanage Edge, the popular climbing, walking and wildlife area on Sheffield's doorstep, could be leased or sold by the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) to a 'like-minded' body.


and I have since found the original posting on the PDNPA webiste here


Now this may be something or nothing, like the proposed sell off of the forestry, but it's hard to see how the free and open access to Stanage and the North Lees Estate that we currently enjoy is commensurate with the needs another owner would have to raise revenue for its upkeep (or, of course, make a profit).

The Peak District National Park, along with those in the Lakes, Snowdonia and Dartmoor, is 60 years old this year.  Whilst much of the land within the PDNP isn't owned by the authority, it's troubling to learn that some of the most precious areas, which they presumably bought in the first place to conserve, are now to be sold off or leased to private organisations as a result of government spending cuts.