Winter Moot 2020 - 17 - 23rd Feb

Feb 23, 2014
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It's worth me pointing out that the campsite for this Moot will be a bit more restricted to the main camping area which runs around the back of the carparks through to the front gate and over past the viking hut not the trees on that side, I'm sure that a little ways out of that area is fine, but the estate don't want people in the deep woods.

That's their main policy now so we're negotiating over the Summer Moot and that should be fine and little impact on the Summer Moot
I assume there will still be a spot to string up a hammock and tarp? If not I need a big rethink of what I’m taking.


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tim_n

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Yes the site is highly wooded you will have no problem pitching a hammock and tarp in the space mentioned. Just less of a walk to the loo.

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John Fenna

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All packed except for the fresh food to be bought on the way....
Car has had it's checks (screen wash filled etc) and is ready to load.
See you all on Monday!
 

Bishop

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Hell no! :nailbiting:
Pulling out the wet weather gear now, then off into town for some food shopping.
Still debating should I go light with just the ikea twig burner or break out the paraffin stove.
If the weather goes sour then an extra tarp could not hurt is also nagging me.
Heart meds re-supply is scheduled for Monday morning, so going nowhere till I get those.

On the plus side looking forward to the eternal struggle of making it all fit inside a Bergan,
looks like that drybag from the gift it on thread will come in handy.
 

John Fenna

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I spent the morning trying to fit everything into the car!
OK - it fits ... but perhaps I have packed a little too much "just in case" gear.....
 

Woody girl

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I hope you all have a great time you mad people! In this weather? Your welcome. I shall be cozy at home.
I love camping but not in miserable cold wet and windy weather.
I still wish I was comming though.
 

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I hope you all have a great time you mad people! In this weather? Your welcome. I shall be cozy at home.
I love camping but not in miserable cold wet and windy weather.
I still wish I was comming though.
The time there will be lovely, windy first day and then all good, that's the plan anyway :D
 
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Woody girl

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I don't think I would even be able to get to the rail station if it rains over the weekend like they are predicting.
And the line to Bristol could flood so even if I got to the train it could be a no go. I'm not going to take the risk.
I did pack my kit on the off chance of a last minute decision to go. But I'm thinking better of it. You never know I might turn up but I seriously doubt it.
I don't cope well with cold and damp at the best of times.
Hopefully I'll be at the summer Moot though.
 
Feb 23, 2014
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Half of my gear is still hanging up around the house from camping in Ciara last weekend. I’ll put everything together tomorrow and the buy food Monday before the drive down. Here’s hoping for at least one dry day! But if all else fails I do like the sound of rain on a tarp


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A “heads up” for anyone heading to South Wales in the next few days who have not being paying attention the the news.

Like the rest of the UK we have been having a bit of weather and although the worst of Storm Dennis seems to have blown through, there is still a lot of water working its way down the rivers and valleys in Mid and South Wales and the Border counties.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51519635

At the risk of sounding like your mum, for those travelling to the winter moot, keep a close eye on traffic and weather reports particularly if you are coming from the north and west and not planning to use the motorways.

There is serious flooding at some of the choke points like Builth Wells and lots of pictures on local social media of submerged cars in Hay on Wye, Abergavenny, Crickhowell and elsewhere and videos of Darwin Award driver candidates who will be having difficult discussions with their car insurers on Monday.

If anything it is probably worse further south in the Valleys.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51520986

Even when the wind and rain stops, there is going to be a lot if clearing up to do and road closures are likely fir several days so keep an eye on the traffic reports and have alternative routes in mind.

https://naturalresources.wales/flooding/?lang=en

Here endeth the lesson - have a great Moot. :)
 

tim_n

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A “heads up” for anyone heading to South Wales in the next few days who have not being paying attention the the news.

Like the rest of the UK we have been having a bit of weather and although the worst of Storm Dennis seems to have blown through, there is still a lot of water working its way down the rivers and valleys in Mid and South Wales and the Border counties.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51519635

At the risk of sounding like your mum, for those travelling to the winter moot, keep a close eye on traffic and weather reports particularly if you are coming from the north and west and not planning to use the motorways.

There is serious flooding at some of the choke points like Builth Wells and lots of pictures on local social media of submerged cars in Hay on Wye, Abergavenny, Crickhowell and elsewhere and videos of Darwin Award driver candidates who will be having difficult discussions with their car insurers on Monday.

If anything it is probably worse further south in the Valleys.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51520986

Even when the wind and rain stops, there is going to be a lot if clearing up to do and road closures are likely fir several days so keep an eye on the traffic reports and have alternative routes in mind.

https://naturalresources.wales/flooding/?lang=en

Here endeth the lesson - have a great Moot. :)
So, hire a unimogg?

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Just curious, has anyone had the idea of making a map of the problem areas? A somewhat revolutionary idea, I know, but it might even be helpful.

It can actually be slightly automated, if water height at one point in a valley is known on a digital topographic map it can fairly easily be "spread" with the same height. Does not solve all the problems but some.
 

tim_n

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I'll be on the motorway tomorrow, so shouldn't be an issue based on the advice I've been looking at over the last hour or so.

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John Fenna

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Nor from my side of the Motorway...
The only incident reported by the AA and RAC is a small landslip in one of the villages on my normal route and I can easily take another route that avoids the temp traffic lights the landslip has made necessary....