Teamwork: How to not be that guy.

img_20161101_223220Spending prolonged amounts of time with a small group of people can have its challenges – especially when the pretext is that you’re all good friends. Unlike in the workplace, where you’re free to dislike one, two, or all of your colleagues. There’s a lot at stake here – not only years of friendship potentially undone within a weekend of camping; but it’s in your interest to maintain that friendship – it could be the difference between launching a rescue attempt to save your sorry ass – or them enjoying some extra tent space and the additional food supplies!

remySo here’s some tips to not only keep your friends – but ensure you’re not abandoned hill-side by your team.

1. Don’t be annoying for the sake of being funny – okay so obviously there’s just some moments during a 12 hour drive, or 3 hour flight where someones going to be fast asleep with mouth wide open; these moments should be enjoyed by all [click here for evidence] but just know when a jokes a joke, and when you’re being an absolute…twit?

2. Just be cool – I mean being cool is in direct opposition to being a Dork, so I guess we would struggle with this one; but essentially just keeping an eye out for everyone; well, in our case Remy – as you can see (left), when he’s not asleep he can look sad. Maybe he is sad. We didn’t think to ask. Poor Remy.

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3. Know yourself – If you know you’re prone to getting hangry (in our case this is Mike), keep yourself fed! Otherwise you’re not only going be spending alot of time feeling grouchy, but also your team will think you’re being an idiot. So really this is just being aware of what annoys you, and basically making sure you’re not putting yourself into situations where you’re going to turn irrational and irritable – applicable to smokers, coffee addicts, and the sleep-needy.

4. Know your mates – so we’ve learned through experience, that Dave really hates The Adam and Joe Show podcasts. We learned this by exposing him to them for around 7 straight hours on the way home from a weekend hiking in Scotland. We don’t listen to Adam and Joe Show podcasts now…because we’re nice like that, sorry Adam and Joe.

5. Space. We all need some Space – this is true, we all need some space, but y’know what – you’re not gonna get any, especially in a small hatchback stuffed with 4 guys, hiking gear and camping equipment! So what needs to happen here is for you to let-go of your personal space needs – reduce your personal boundaries and just deal with it. The important thing to remember is that it’s not the other persons fault that they’re in your space. So don’t get moody with them!

There’s loads more I’m sure; take our poll so we can finally decide, name, and shame!

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12 Tracks You Need To Get Jogging To // Dork Training Session: [Playlist #1]

Pictured: Mike @ Snowdonia National Park.

Track List:
RAC – Lana Del Ray: Blue Jeans
FFRR – Dansson & Marlon Hoffstad: Shake That
Kygo – Ed Sheeran: I See Fire
Gamper & Dadoni – La Roux: Bullet Proof
RAC – Foster the People: Houdini
Plastic Plates – Miami Horror: Real Slow
Plastic Plates – Sia: Cloud
Banks: Bedroom Wall
Ghosteffects – Imogen Heap: Just For Now
Heartspace – Imogen Heap: Hide and Seek
Bduubz – Goldfrapp – Dreaming

It amazes me how powerful music can be; and how the right track at the right moment can elevate your sensory experience to the next level. But the effects aren’t only felt right there in the moment; they’re way more long lasting than that…music acts as a kind of cement for our memories to sit in. In an instant of hearing a track from years gone by, our mind is transported not only back to that memory but the emotions, the feelings, everything.

This is why I make playlists; this one will forever remind me of going for jogs around the seafront village I currently live at on the coast of Suffolk. In years to come a photo won’t remind me of the ground beneath my feet and the salty breeze in my face – but these tracks sure will.

So go grab your trainers, grab a bottle of water, stick your headphones in, and get out there…

Enjoy!

Cadair Idris – Wales – Tweets along the way. 

 

Peak: Cadair Idris

Summit: 2930 ft

Weather: Dry, 5-10°
SATURDAY 

0400 – 0500

Yeah, up at 4am – leaving Ipswich at 5am once everyones managed to ram their kit in the car.

0500 – 0800

First half of the journey complete and we’ve stopped for a morning espresso and subway breakfast…Dave also managed to spit coconut all over a passer by. 😐

0800 – 1000

With some we early navigation issues hahah were somewhere in the Welsh countryside – definitely heading in the right direction. Maybe.

1000 – 1130

Last minute supplies from the local EuroSpar and the peak is in our sights, just the small matter of working out where to park up.

1210. 

And were off! After a swift change of boots, Dave discovering his backpack was sat on his bed back in Suffolk, and a few discussions about babybels, we were off to summit peak number five!

1430.

A truly beautiful summit, and accessible for people of all experiences and fitness. With a load of paths to choose from, definitely a peak any beginner to go for – and you’ll achieve that “off the beaten track” vibe a good few times which is pretty much impossible on its more popular neighbour Snowdon.

1700.

After a leisurely hike down, stopping to chat with local sheep etc, were back down at the car and set to find two things. A place to sleep and a place to eat.

1700 – 1830

So the easy part is over and our tents are pitched, is it just me or are all campsite owners drunk. Always. We spotted some decent looking pubs on the way through so now head off into town for some post-hike grub.

1830 – 2000

Okay. Turns out were not welcome in this town. No one wants us in their pub…all we want is some food! So we end up getting a pizza from the only kebab shop in town and eating it standing up out on the street. In the cold. Great.

2000 – 2200

So by now weve found a pub which seemed a little more welcoming than the previous ones, however I did kinda feel that at any given moment we would be told “EH YOU BOYS. THATS GARETHS SEAT THAT IS. MOVE ON WILL YE”

Were a few drinks in and Remy is obviously asleep, that is, until a 10 man strong stag-do pub crawl joins us and well…things got weird.

2230 – 1000

After things went strange, we thought it best to head back to camp, taking a slight detour to retrieve the left over pizza from earlier on…and so we bedded down for a cold horrible uncomfortable night. Feeling bright and breezy at 10am.

1100 – 1700

Bish bash bosh. That’s how it’s done. Back home in time for tea.

Cadair Idris – you were awesome.

Ben Nevis – Benny to it’s friends.

Ben Nevis; for a group of amature walkers this was the first peak we had planned which we all felt a little anxious about. Snowdon was a tourist attraction, Scafell was a cardio killer, but Nevis…this, in the UK at least, is the big kahuna, the highest place on our modest islands.
It was the end of Summer 2015 and we had heard that snow was still at the summit…snow. Like many Brits, hearing that we might encounter snow instantly filled me with that childish excitement / dread / and even that small hope that school would be closed.
Not only was it the tallest and most challenging; it was also the fist time we has needed to take a whole weekend to complete a hike. After the very dull 12hour drive; for wnevishich Remy slept for a good 11.5 hours we set up camp and got aquainted with the local mosquitos. (we discovered the following morning that we had pitched up directly next to the ‘exo-mosquito 5000’ – the machine that lures them all in to the UV light of doom). It was raining…naturally…

Another flaw in our plan to camp out; was that in order to be warm and not bored in darkness was to be; rather unfortunately… in a pub.Where we were treated to some true Scottish hospitality, drunk far too much rum, and had many conversations with locals about…well, I have no idea.

So the morning came…and the morning went, and after a hearty full English, sorry I mean  Scottish, we were set!

…it was cold…it was long…it was windy…and at times it mad me sad…and that was that!

The combination of the weather conditions and Benny itself; made this the most gruelling hike  we had taken on to date. Truly, it was incredible; and Fort William has to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK. Looking forward to heading back up; the next  time will be to kick off our National 3 Peaks Challenge – Benny…we’re coming for you!

Get the rum ready!

To check out how we got on please take a look at our vlog by clicking the image below!

 

 Mike Wilson // Adam Watts // Remy Mcbsakjfhakj // David Sewell