Had a fantastic new-year in the Lake District. Camping in Langdale with some friends. Got up there quite late on the 30th after taking the train from London and borrowing a car to drive the rest of the way (more on cars later, I really want another).
On our arrival I dropped Jenno off at the pub to meet our pals and then went to put the tent up in the pissing rain. Proper Cumbrian rain. Wet. I nearly got the car stuck in the mud but all turned out OK and after I’d finished and parked-up somewhere that wasn’t a swamp, I walked to join them for a couple.
Used those titanium ti-pins from Alpkit for the first time and it’s a good job I’d taken them. The stock aluminium ones from Vango were just bending due to the rocky ground. The Ti-Pins are a bit thin and I needed to use two in some places but the ground was very wet and so stony… I digress.
Saturday we set off to walk Crinkle Crags but the rain was so bad we packed it in at Red Tarn and were back in the pub for 3PM.. where we stayed till one in the morning. Oh jesus.
Anyhow, I read a fact today that has cheered me up. When you actually look at it there are quite a lot of days off in the year and I intend this year to make more of them. I dont’ want to be out every weekend, but I’d like to have some in the bank, some nice longer ones planned and a couple of week long getaways.
Check it out:
105 non-working days this year (weekends and 9 public holidays) then of course I can book 25 days a year off too.. When you add all that up then work/life balance is very very nearly a 60/40 split which is alright but I would prefer it if it were skewed in the other direction and I think that for the sake of humanity, it ought to be.
More effort this year I think.