Personal News

I gather from some of the spam, abuse and trolling I have had on my RR sites since they were created in 2012 to remember my mum, that some followers are here for the personal information and not the outdoor content. I have tried and failed to signpost those people to the news section of my personal website since early 2014, so, very reluctantly I am posting this here on my blog, a paid for website which I hope is accessible to all.

Feel free to ignore this post if it doesn’t interest you, but trolls should realise that no amount of online stalking, trolling or spamming will make the following post any less true, or will prevent me from reporting offenders.

Stephanie (Rose) ๐ŸŒน

From 2000 โ€“ 2009, while my mother was terminally ill, I tried to clarify whether I could help the police and to report several crimes including an underage assault, firstly via a solicitor who did not have my best interests at heart, then via my brother who would not take my calls, and finally via a friend acting as a go between with the police. Shortly before my mother passed away in 2009, my go-betweenโ€™s Facebook messages were hacked. The net result of all this was that nothing was resolved while my mother was alive and a ton of evidence, involving several separate cases, went unreported. Following my motherโ€™s death, there was little incentive for me to become further involved with these cases, most of which should have come to light long ago, and in 2012 I created this blog to remember her amidst the devastation.

Anyway, I am gradually reporting some of the things I was prevented from reporting when my mother was alive in writing, as I feel able, including the underage rape. Although I have had absolutely no feedback on most of these reports, 2019 ended on a real low as I received the predictable news that the rape has not been crimed by Northumbria Police, meaning that not one prosecution has resulted from any of the reports I have made to this force since I was 12 years old (including two assaults and two rapes).

It seems to follow the same format each time I report anything from when I was a child. Northumbria Police firstly pathologizes me, then isolates me from my main witnesses or corroborators, sometimes for years, and seems to harvest them for information about me. In the meantime the accused says any old rubbish and the case is dropped. I have been through this routine before and am beginning to feel as if there is a formula at work.

As I have said to the investigating officer, depriving abuse survivors of contact with anyone who might support their allegation is a barbaric practice, which results in much unnecessary suffering for victims who donโ€™t understand why they canโ€™t speak to their closest family or friends, and that in turn results in failure to report other crimes. My own experiences (detailed on my personal website) are testimony to this.

I have begun to feel that it is just not worth the hurt and upset to keep making allegations which are not progressed or lost, so it is unlikely I will report any further cases to this force. I try to remain positive by kidding myself that people read the news posts on my website, and that they are accessible to all.

From a post on stephaniehakin.com dated December 8th 2019.

Season's Greetings

Wishing you all the best for the festive season and Hogmanay

I was sent this quotation by a friend and hope you will identify with it:

โ€œAbove all do not loose your desire to walk: everyday I walk myself into a state of wellbeing and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that I cannot walk away from it”.
Kierkegaard. 1847.

Rose ๐ŸŒน

Hikerspace I

This post is intended to be an occasional feature showcasing some of the websites which I have enjoyed recently. I would welcome your suggestions about good sites using the #hikerspace hashtag or the comments section for this post. (Comments are moderately moderated).

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Trail Angels on Hadrian’s Wall

Chris Townsend Outdoors Blog by a very experienced backpacker with an impressive outdoor CV. Unparalleled knowledge of gear and environmental issues.

Grough Magazine An independently owned site featuring news and features about the outdoors and outdoor activities.

Hiking in Finland  A European backpacking blog in English written by the multi skilled Hendrick Morkel

Homemade Wanderlust  Blog and Vlog following trailhiker Dixie’s interesting and involving attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail and become a hiking triple crowner.

John Muir Trust Founded in 1983 with the aim of conserving and protecting wild places for the benefit of present and future generations

Northumberland National Park This site is growing into a well researched and  interesting website about the area. They are quite responsive to comments and criticisms from users.

The Outdoors Station Podcast A professionally produced podcast covering many aspects of the outdoors from the Cartwrights at Backpacking Light UK

Scotland Outdoors Podcast A wide ranging, well informed and entertaining podcast about outdoor life in Scotland.

Tramplite Ultralight long distance hiker who designs and makes his own line of hiking equipment when he isn’t hiking trails around the world

Walk Highlands All aspects of walking in Scotland are covered in this engaging blog which has a good mix of trail data, downloads and long form posts. It is supported by accommodation providers who want to appeal to the outdoor market.

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Rucksack Readers; Coast to Coast Guide Review

Rucksack Readers: Coast to Coast, St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay (2018).

This new edition of the Coast to Coast walk guide is produced in line with the range of Rucksack Reader editions from this Edinburgh publisher.

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Rucksack Reader Cover: Coast to Coast

This Coast to Coast Guide is printed on weatherproof, biodegradeable paper and the spiral bindings enables the user to open it out flat. It is published in high spec full colour with photographs by Karen Frenkel. It also contains introductory sections to aid planning and preparation, well researched background information and a thorough final section of further information and references.

The walk is divided into 16 daily stages with concise directions, route options, altitude profiles and 1:55,000 colour maps by Lovell Johns. At 220mm x 150mm and 295g, the guide should fit in most garment or rucksack pockets, although it is slightly on the tall side for me. There is the option to download the Daily Stages section of the guide as a pdf which could be used during the walk as an alternative to carrying the book.  There is also some additional content and a downloadable GPX file available from their website.

On the whole the book has been thoughtfully produced, addressing some of the physical problems many walkers will have experienced with walking guides (rain damage and spine deterioration). I also appreciate the thoughtful extras such as the downloadable pdf guide and GPX file which allow the walker to get everything they require in a one stop shop.

Many walking books are self consciously low spec on the reasonable assumption that they will take a bit of rough handling during a walk. It is therefore quite nice to find a guide that subverts the trend by proving that quality doesn’t have to be sacrificed to durability.

This was a free review copy available on request from the publisher.

Revamped Reviews

As a great consumer of outdoor films and books, I began writing reviews for this site some time ago. I hope regular readers have enjoyed the selection of outdoor reviews, which include British, European, Asian and American adventures.

Since returning to my blog, I have added quite a few book and film reviews as well as introducing sections on Global adventures, Autobiographies and Guide Books to the mix. If you have suggestions on things for me to read or watch, or you would like to send me a review copy, please use the contact form on this site.

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Thanks for reading and watching

Tramping around Tyneside

3 years ago I moved from the borders back to Newcastle. Because I wasn’t sure whether there would be demand for urban walks on my site, I made a YouTube playlist of my Tyne and Wear walks but didn’t create GPX files as I do for most of my trips. As I am again confined to walking close to home, I thought I would share these walks on ViewRanger, as well as YouTube.

Sometimes life limits the options we have open to us for outdoor pursuits. I hope you will enjoy these Tyne and Wear walks. They are all accessible by public transport – one advantage of city walking.

St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
Tyne Bridge and Millenium Bridge, Newcastle

ViewRanger Top Publisher Award 2018

I have been digging my old trumpet out from the top of the cupboard and dusting it off to receive this very exciting ViewRangerย award, alongside 9 other distinguished recipients.

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Craig Wareham, Co-Founder and CEO at ViewRanger, describes the annual award as follows:

‘The Top Publisher Award recognises people, organizations and publishers creating interesting, engaging, and high quality trail guide content.ย Each year, just ten outdoor organizations and authors receive our top award for contributing outstanding digital content, including route descriptions, turn-by-turn directions and photos to share with the growing ViewRanger outdoor community’

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All 10 of the 2018 Top Publisher Award Winners

By way of acknowledgement, ViewRanger has dragged my blog out of the dusty filing cabinets and card indexes where it was created, and into the digital present. The ViewRanger App provided me with exactly the tools I needed to make my routes accessible to a wider audience and to communicate directly with users.

Thanks to my followers and all at ViewRanger for making it happen for all my Rucksack Rose sites.

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Rucksack Rose – Avatars