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womble   on 11/08/17 @ 5:58 said:

Having the navigation skills is a biggy. I know that Torb and Bentravla, and there may be more, have given their time to teaching navigation and that was a huge help to me in getting out there on my own and building the confidence to put on a walk. Must try and do more as Ian is right, it shouldn't all fall to the same worthies. Thanks and appreciation to them though.

womble   on 11/08/17 @ 16:59 said:

I have a friend who runs a cadet sailing program at his local yacht club and says he feels like a free child care program half the time, and I have heard Scout leaders say the same thing, so it's a perennial problem.

Joal (Jo & Alan)   on 12/08/17 @ 9:36 said:

I agree John it would be nice but most members join the group because like myself I'm not confident going out without getting lost.

landranger68   on 12/08/17 @ 10:52 said:

There are times when leaders,in certain weather conditions can be geographically challenged,but no one should be there to judge,but to help as much as possible,and maybe in retrospect smile, having scaled Halls Fell in a Whiteout

Miss T   on 12/08/17 @ 17:05 said:

We were talking about this very subject on Wednesday! It's been suggested that other members (apart from those who put invites on regularly) come forward and arrange walks in different areas to the Peaks. A lot of walks currently take place here and it would be great to have more in other areas; North Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Worcestershire, Shropshire are a few examples.
The more members we have arranging walks, the more variety we have and the more lovely people we get to meet along the way!

Glyn and I really enjoy arranging walks ..but I personally would love to explore somewhere different for a couple of days and have someone who knows the area well lead the way.

Miss T   on 12/08/17 @ 17:21 said:

...and it doesn't matter if we end up taking a wrong turn or if we get 'temporarily misplaced' for a bit....
It's about meeting up with good friends, seeing new places, having a good time & enjoying the adventure. That's what's important!

Roland_C   on 12/08/17 @ 19:34 said:

There are some people who have great difficulty in finding the meeting point at the start of walks, and are thus far from leading walks themselves. When I arrange walks I try to provide various ways to find the start. Although I do join in with walks further away I like to organize walks more locally e.g. Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and West Midlands. I do find the number joining me can be very low. I think about 80% of those on Outdoor Duo do not go on invites. I would be happy to support those who want to lead walks who have not done before.

Louise - living life   on 12/08/17 @ 21:26 said:

I put up a walk back last November - and did get a fair amount of critic - I appreciate it was pen y fan but was looking at an easy to find location! i'm up for setting up other events/walks but i'm an assistant organiser for a couple of meetup groups -- so rather busy - but will do something in the autumn. maybe the waterfalls walk in south Brecon

ray9   on 13/08/17 @ 21:26 said:

I second Miss T , don't worry do much about the skills, lets get doing it, although cake and drinks at the end add to the adventure.

landranger68   on 14/08/17 @ 8:56 said:

BT ,From my experience,it is best to recce the walk from walkingworld as there can be some misleading information given by the person who posted it to walkingworld

iansmyname.....orisitjohn?   on 14/08/17 @ 9:33 said:

Hi everyone. Sorry it's taken a little while to add to my own thread. Some great points, ideas and views expressed so far. I can put a couple of Shropshire walks on OD at some point. I know a few nice walks out that way. I think the message to everyone is. If you fancy having a go at your own invite, but aren't too sure or confident about setting it up and getting it organised. Please don't be afraid to ask for help or advice. Either message a walk leader/invite organiser or put a thread on the forum. Miss T: Well said, we all go a bit haywire at times and variety is definitely a good thing.
Louise - living life: Hi Louise. I was on your Beacons walk. From memory it was a good day out

Louise - living life   on 14/08/17 @ 22:25 said:

hi Ian - thanks yes it was a good walk and if I remember we got down just before the rain. i'll have to do the waterfalls as that is a really nice walk - although better if it doesn't poor with rain

iansmyname.....orisitjohn?   on 15/08/17 @ 17:46 said:

Louise - living life: I've done the waterfalls walk a few times. On the contrary it's much better if it rains . I'll keep an eye out for it. Would it be a Saturday walk? If so a short Sunday walk nearby would be good too. If I can make it I'll look in to that

Louise - living life   on 15/08/17 @ 22:39 said:

ha ha Ian I led this walk end of feb this year and it poured down for 5 hours - interesting my dog's waterproof which cost about ?20 from the retired greyhound trust proved to be more waterproof than most people's specialist waterproofs including my gortex!! so I think the wet from walking behind the waterfall is the best kind of wet!

grumpygit   on 16/08/17 @ 11:59 said:

Hi All
I am still quite new to this site and still working up the nerve to join an invitation, would be nice to do one with a few strangers as well as myself I lot of you already seem to be good buddies,

I am also keeping my fingers crossed that I can find a few people that like distant cycling at not all that break neck speed, but you know you have exercised at the end of it. And I do like a bit of wild camping, just got back from a wonderful 5 days on the Isle of Skye. I am working on a camper conversion soon with a plan of getting up that way more soon. I am also training for a triathlon right now, hence the cycling, so anyone looking for training partners or events would also be great

The Mind is Willing   on 16/08/17 @ 16:33 said:

Maybe they are worried that the walks need to be a certain length. I think any person new to leading/wanting to lead a walk shouldn't worry about the length. Maybe a shorter walk with a smaller group would make you feel more comfortable and when you're ready to do bigger ones (if you wish) you'll have made friends with more people who are willing to help keep everyone together. It's daunting enough meeting new people.

womble   on 17/08/17 @ 6:04 said:

grumpygit: One thing you will always find on an OD walk is a huge welcome and good humour. There are many people who have been around for a while and are good friends, but new friends are key to keeping the group lively and fresh.

Roland_C   on 17/08/17 @ 11:47 said:

To Grumpygit, I have met 4 of those who have commented on this thread, not all of them. Do go on an invite you will find they are friendly. If there is anything about the invite you are not sure of do put this on the invite thread. It is a good way to meet other like minded people.

Philtheetiler   on 17/08/17 @ 12:04 said:

I Thoroughly agree with Womble and Roland. My advice to anyone thinking of putting on an Invite would be to attend a few other invites first to glean lideas and get known, then I am sure you will receive advice and help so then have a good response to your first invitation.

grumpygit   on 17/08/17 @ 17:44 said:

Thanks Roland and Womble, from another Womble who comes from Wimbledon

iansmyname.....orisitjohn?   on 17/08/17 @ 19:58 said:

grumpygit: Hi there. We've all been where you are now. Have a look at current invites. Pick one with quite a few members on it and get going. You won't regret it. Hopefully bump in to you soon

Louise - living life   on 17/08/17 @ 21:39 said:

hey don't worry I've only been on a walk I led - but hoping to be climibing in September and thinking of the waterfalls - south Brecon in early November - that ends in a pub!

TC   on 17/08/17 @ 21:46 said:

I don't think anyone should feel obliged to put up an invite, new or otherwise. Those who want to will do so. But equally no-one should feel they can't because the regular walk leaders do it so well. Most people who join the walks are doing so because they enjoy the company and the laughs along the way as much as the walk itself. And yes, people that have been around a long time do know each other but we're still here because we like it so much and love meeting new people. So just do whatever feels right for you, ask for advice if you need to and check for interest on the forum before posting an invite if you want. But I agree that going on someone else's walk first helps break the ice.

TC   on 17/08/17 @ 21:47 said:

And one day I will arrange a Cambridge weekend how many years have I been saying that?

The Mind is Willing   on 17/08/17 @ 22:52 said:

I'm looking forward to that one Tina

Heathervalley   on 17/08/17 @ 23:50 said:

TC if you wanted a campsite, it is possible to do wild camping at Wicken Fen through the National Trust.

grumpygit   on 18/08/17 @ 7:42 said:

Thanks Ian, I had an email from Tina last night(will reply to her later) that gave me some good advice. I have jumped in the deep end with training after lapsing for a while, I am a little manic like that, all or nothing And I do find when I go on a more chilled out relaxed walk somewhere scenic with a pack on my back and some tea and nosh it is so relaxing, I need to do some more of that as well, and that type of hiking seems to be more popular on here with some nice sounding helpful people.. so yes you will see me at some point

TC   on 18/08/17 @ 12:08 said:

Heather, I did that a few years ago and loved it. Might not be everyone's cup of tea but I'd be happy to put up an invite for that next year. Sleeping in open wooden shelters, camp fire anyone?

Lazlo Woodbine   on 18/08/17 @ 12:48 said:

There isn't much to leading a walk other than knowing the route and describing it fully so people can make up their own minds that it is something they want to do.

Heathervalley   on 18/08/17 @ 12:54 said:

Yes please TC!

Philtheetiler   on 18/08/17 @ 13:49 said:

TC: I am going out now to buy a 2018 diary ready to put the date of the camping Invite in

womble   on 18/08/17 @ 18:43 said:

We should also remember that these walks are social events, put up by people who want to share a route with friends. Although some of our members have formal leadership qualifications many don't, and in theory everybody should have a map and compass and be able to get themselves home if the rest of the group is eaten by a dragon.

mintsauce96   on 19/08/17 @ 1:02 said:

This is a good thread, and from a newbie point of view I think you may have drummed up some confidence in us all to attend/start invites with this alone.

I'll certainly be checking in often to find one that suits in the future and hopefully get to know some of you.

When faced with what can be a harsh/cruel online world (outside of OD of course!) it's easy to forget that the people you meet on hills/mountains etc are the kindest and friendliest you can get, and that these are the very people that populate this community.

I look forward to meeting some of you soon, and once I've attended a few invites, who knows, maybe I'll add an invite ;-)

womble   on 19/08/17 @ 7:57 said:

Kev Savory: You're so right, when non walking friends tell me I'm brave going out on the hills alone, I always say that the wierdos are in the Tesco car park when I stop to pick up my supper on the way home.

landranger68   on 19/08/17 @ 12:43 said:

No Dragons on Cannock Chase Womble,just the elusive Puma,with the occasional PaW print to ponder over.There was a point that i felt a powerful presence,but turning around it was Roland towering over me.
Will be posting a walk around the Iron age fort of Castle Ring via the Fairoak Valley,around 10 miles

iansmyname.....orisitjohn?   on 20/08/17 @ 18:50 said:

Kev Savory: Hi and thanks for your comments. You are right. This thread has generated some interest and some really great input from veteran members and new folk alike. If it inspires 1 single person to join in on an OD invite/event or create their own. I will be more than happy

Roland_C   on 21/08/17 @ 10:26 said:

O dear! Landranger I never knew that

mintsauce96   on 21/08/17 @ 23:58 said:

womble: that's so true!

mintsauce96   on 22/08/17 @ 0:00 said:

iansmyname.......orisitjohn?: I'm sure I will join one soon, so hopefully you can be happy
As for posting an invite, I would only be confident leading local routes at the minute, I'm not sure how popular a traipse around Wiltshire would be!

womble   on 22/08/17 @ 6:35 said:

Kev Savory: There are lovely walks in Wiltshire - doesn't always have to be big days in the hills.

Miss T   on 22/08/17 @ 19:46 said:

womble: I agree! Dales, valleys, woods and river walks can be just as rewarding

Head for the Hills   on 22/08/17 @ 20:00 said:

Ken, one of my favourite walks is around Pewsey taking in the Wansdyke and the Ridgeway and at least one white horse. The bonus is the chalk which means it's generally dry underfoot. Go for it ����

Obi   on 10/09/17 @ 19:55 said:

An interesting read as a 2 month old Newbie who just stumbled on this thread (today) having hosted my first successful but lowly attended 'invite' yesterday. Will save more comments till I've been out and about on a few Invites. Mid-week difficult and weekend diary always busy, though.

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