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Re: Overnight camp

Hi GLW, I've camped at Port nam Murrach many times - but gave up using the place several years ago except in winter as it gets too busy. There will be plenty others there, and numerous kayak companies use it for camping. The landowner put cattle on it a couple of years ago to deter some of the numbe...
by Ian Johnston
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:02 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Overnight camp
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Last Munro for compleaters

I compleated on Stuchd an Lochain in 2006, a fairly unused compleation hill. It does have some advantages as a final hill though; being a relatively short day, decent views and not too high so the necessary Victorian style provender could be carried up - game terrine, port, smoked venison, that sort...
by Ian Johnston
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:00 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Last Munro for compleaters
Replies: 45
Views: 3201

Re: sexist womens gear

Hi Victoria,

Take a look at Alpkit. Well designed, good quality gear for both men and women at keen prices and more standard colour ranges

Kind Regards

Ian
by Ian Johnston
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:00 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: sexist womens gear
Replies: 20
Views: 1379

Re: walking with children in Cairngorms

Hi Victoria, The Cairngorms generally is a great area for walking with kids - you're on the busier side of the hill around Aviemore etc but there's something for everyone in terms of distance, ascent and variety. If the kids are already reasonably strong walkers, something like starting at Drumguish...
by Ian Johnston
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: walking with children in Cairngorms
Replies: 11
Views: 978

Re: LightWeight double sleeping bag ??

Hi Lori, Have you used a double sleeping bag previously? If so, apologies - you'll already know this, but... the downside is that it's difficult to keep your shoulders and neck warm when things are a bit chilly, when one person turns over the other will be dragged around, you'll probably need a doub...
by Ian Johnston
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:49 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: LightWeight double sleeping bag ??
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Trowel time

Hi rgf,

Take a look at the Alpkit Arlo folding trowel - neat, strong and pretty light, and reasonably priced. Comes in a sheath so you're not paking a muddy trowel back in your pack

https://alpkit.com/collections/camping-accessories/products/arlo-folding-trowel

Kind Regards

Ian
by Ian Johnston
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:43 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Trowel time
Replies: 10
Views: 914

Re: National Park and Forestry car parks fiasco.

The car parks around Tomintoul seemed all open, and i understand that the public toilets in the village are as well (but didn't actually check that).

Queen's View quiet in the morning but all spaces taken (approx 8 cars) when we got back late afternoon.

Kind Regards

Ian
by Ian Johnston
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:30 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: National Park and Forestry car parks fiasco.
Replies: 22
Views: 2419

Re: National Park and Forestry car parks fiasco.

Just to add to my last post, these links may be useful if visiting the Cairngorms area:

https://cairngorms.co.uk/working-together/car-parks/

https://cairngorms.co.uk/working-together/public-toilets/

Kind Regards

Ian
by Ian Johnston
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:11 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: National Park and Forestry car parks fiasco.
Replies: 22
Views: 2419

Re: National Park and Forestry car parks fiasco.

Thanks for that link Sunset Tripper, I have to agree with the consensus view that FLS and other bodies have had plenty of time to think about this. I don't really accept that all their staff have been locked down until yesterday - there's been plenty of noise criticising the amount of bog roll etc l...
by Ian Johnston
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:01 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: National Park and Forestry car parks fiasco.
Replies: 22
Views: 2419

Re: First wild camping experience

my best bet would be to camp near a beach where a gentle breeze will lull you to sleep...no midges either :D As a sea kayaker, I really, "really" wish this was the case! :think: Some of the very worst midge experiences I've had have been on beautiful beaches Lori - Scotland's a big old pl...
by Ian Johnston
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:33 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: First wild camping experience
Replies: 14
Views: 1264

Re: Flasks - advice please

Hi Stu, Primus flasks. Simply the best I've ever used, they'll keep water hot enough for a brew after 12 hours. Not cheap but very good.

Kind regards

Ian
by Ian Johnston
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:38 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Flasks - advice please
Replies: 20
Views: 1861

Re: Cobbler by Moon light

Brilliant - always worth getting out on a clear night with sonw on the hills!

Kind Regards

Ian
by Ian Johnston
Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:38 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Cobbler by Moon light
Replies: 14
Views: 6345

Re: Moonlighting on the Correen Hills

Thanks Graeme - it's worth getting out :-)

Hi Mgmt - what a fantastic night you enjoyed on the Cobbler! My own walk was very much lastminute dot com in planning and getting out - but like you I have the next full moon already marked 9and the solar eclipse this month!)

Kind regards

Ian
by Ian Johnston
Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Moonlighting on the Correen Hills
Replies: 3
Views: 1681

Moonlighting on the Correen Hills

"The most difficult expedition to achieve on mountains in this country is a moonlight climb in winter. Not that the difficulties are technical. A full moon among snow-mountains will normally provide visibility of twenty-five miles - if the sky be clear. And that is the root of the problem : to...
by Ian Johnston
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:58 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Moonlighting on the Correen Hills
Replies: 3
Views: 1681

Re: Bin of Cullen

Great stuff - a hill pretty local to me but I've yet to climb it; every time I go to Cullen there's a sea kayak on top of my car!

Really like the images with the hill's shadow, looks like you had a super day for it

Kind regards

Ian
by Ian Johnston
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Bin of Cullen
Replies: 5
Views: 2381
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