I've been building and living on narrowboats for five years. If narrowboats interest you, perhaps some of my ideas (and mistakes) will be of help.
My current home
My first boat and a major restoration project
- Lots of information on the process of choosing and refitting a knackered boat.
My latest interest, the timeless skill of green wood craft and carpentry is facinating, fulfilling and eco-friendly.
I've been lucky enough to enjoy rock climbing, mountaineering and skiing all over the place. Here are some random nuggets of information that may be useful to you:
- Greenland 2004 Ski-mountaineering trip
- Cordillera Blanca Expedition Peru 2000
- Rolwaling Expedition Nepal 1998
Online club for ex-members of Imperial College S&G / Outdoor Club.
Offwidth the good old stuff
This website started out as a resource for climbers, and though it's not been updated for a good while all the info is still here:
- Guide to outdoor cooking
- Caffs and chippies for climbers
- Classic climbers' literature reviewed
- List of UK campsites*
- List of UK climbers' huts*
- List of UK climbing clubs*
* I no longer make any attempt to keep these up to date
Being a bit of a bike nut, but also skint, I have learned a lot about restoring old and damaged bikes. Here you will find info on the bikes I have owned and loved (or hated), and how to repair and service them.
Still my favourite, what a fantastic machine!
- Guide to buying a second-hand Cat
- Engine removal and installation guide
- How to service your brakes
- How to replace your fork oil
- How to replace your chain and sprockets
- Owner's Manual (PDF 1.5M)
Bought, fixed up, sold for modest profit
Bought in complete state, fixed up eventually, sold for modest loss.
First foray into 'vintage' bikes. Cost: £180. Not worth the money.
The one I wish I had kept. Despite having to spend £££s on having the frame straightened!
Bits and bobs
Hate 'em or hate 'em, computers are a good way to earn a little cash. Here are a few feeble IT offerings of mine.
Most college bands are pretty bad. Ours was a lot worse than that.