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Re: Hopes pinned on Ben Hope

We were approaching from Altnaharra but the bridge was out at Altnacillich so had to park at the Southern end of Ben Hope. We quickly changed our plan and added a good 5Km to our day!! :crazy: We continued up to the main car park (that bridge had been washed away also) and up the main track. I reme...
by Pastychomper
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Hopes pinned on Ben Hope
Replies: 5
Views: 670

Re: Tullybacart Toad...or Pondlife Puddock?

The colouring and head shape scream "common frog" (Rana temporaria) to me, but they don't look so warty in my experience. The toads I've seen had more pronounced warts and a wider head, so my guess is it's a lumpier-than-usual frog.
by Pastychomper
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:11 am
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Tullybacart Toad...or Pondlife Puddock?
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Where's the picture ? - Scotland (part 3)

Caberfeidh wrote:Are ye in the Northern Lands of Sutherland?
Yes, and more specifically...
jmarkb wrote:Is that Ben Griam Beg?
The very same! :clap: Taken from a mile or so south. Over to you.
by Pastychomper
Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:00 am
 
Forum: Photo threads, comps and quizzes
Topic: Where's the picture ? - Scotland (part 3)
Replies: 4715
Views: 612351

Re: Where's the picture ? - Scotland (part 3)

First clue: The hill in the picture is the second highest in a ten-mile radius. The first highest is about a mile to the left of the camera.
by Pastychomper
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:41 pm
 
Forum: Photo threads, comps and quizzes
Topic: Where's the picture ? - Scotland (part 3)
Replies: 4715
Views: 612351

Re: The winter of discount tents

Thanks for the input, everyone. Prices mostly crept up and stayed there for the winter, but a few more tents have appeared on Fleabay in the last few weeks so I bought a little-used Gossamer in one of the older (and better) colour schemes. It's drying outside now. First impression is it's a pretty g...
by Pastychomper
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: The winter of discount tents
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: Where's the picture ? - Scotland (part 3)

Thanks! It was pretty cloudy last time I was round there but the side of Ben Loyal looked kind of familiar.

Where did I take this?
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by Pastychomper
Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:00 am
 
Forum: Photo threads, comps and quizzes
Topic: Where's the picture ? - Scotland (part 3)
Replies: 4715
Views: 612351

Re: Where's the picture ? - Scotland (part 3)

Is that looking up Scrabster Burn, near the remains of Scrabster? (Not the Scrabster next to Thurso, which I wouldn't call "remains". :) )
by Pastychomper
Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Photo threads, comps and quizzes
Topic: Where's the picture ? - Scotland (part 3)
Replies: 4715
Views: 612351

Re: Ben Hiel: Spontaneity, Sparkly Lights & Mega Suns

Great hill and report. You beat me by a week. :)
by Pastychomper
Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:18 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben Hiel: Spontaneity, Sparkly Lights & Mega Suns
Replies: 2
Views: 393

Re: Is April a good time to hike to the very North of Scotla

I also prefer May for camps but April is a cracking month in the north. As well as midges, deer/grouse/haggis stalkers are pretty rare before July.
by Pastychomper
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:36 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is April a good time to hike to the very North of Scotland?
Replies: 18
Views: 1796

Winter obedience class

The sun was out and the mountaintops had an agreeable dusting of white as I made my way into Sutherland, hoping for a short walk before my last w*rk day of the year. $matches[2] I wanted to pick off one of two little hills on my list, although when I saw they were both below the snow line I was temp...
by Pastychomper
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Winter obedience class
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Hydration while hiking

I reckon min. 2 litres in the summer and one in winter, but have often doubled that before I started using local water. I don't generally drink from burns without some kind of treatment (tablet :sick:, heat or filter), but I'd use a high spring if I was desperate. My theory is that highland burn wat...
by Pastychomper
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:42 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Hydration while hiking
Replies: 24
Views: 1578

Castle Bharraich

There was enough snow on the main road to warn me off the less-gritted inland routes, so I played safe with a trip to Castle Varrich. $matches[2] The snow on the track told me I was the third visitor of the day - one (wo)man and a dog had been there and back before me. $matches[2] The castle is wort...
by Pastychomper
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:34 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Castle Bharraich
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Re: Hillwalker or hiker ?

It occurs to me that if you drop the "k" hike becomes hie, an old-fashioned word for "go quickly". That meaning (but maybe not the spelling) would fit with ... a letter by Samuel Wesley. ("We must contrive one more pull at Surry before I hyke over to Staffordshire.")......
by Pastychomper
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:20 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Hillwalker or hiker ?
Replies: 60
Views: 4079

Re: Hillwalker or hiker ?

WalkWithWallace wrote:Think hiking/hiker sounds more interesting on Instagram these days. Plus folk are calling themselves explorers and adventurers now. 8)

I like the idea of being an adventurer, presumably it involves eating chocolate every day until the 25th?
by Pastychomper
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:02 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Hillwalker or hiker ?
Replies: 60
Views: 4079

Loch-a-leakie

A fun wee jaunt around a bumpy bit of landscape, starting and finishing at the car park by Lochan Leachach.
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On the way
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Looking over Borgie Forest
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Closer...
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...Closer still!
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On to the big peak

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East from the top...
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by Pastychomper
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:14 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Loch-a-leakie
Replies: 0
Views: 59
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