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Re: Wild camping tent...

I'd say a geodesic dome is overkill in all but horrendous conditions. I've done my share of winter summit camps in a Terra Nova Quasar, but I haven't used it in the last 7 years and I've done fine with 3 season tents and been happier for it. The key for enjoyable summit camping for me is weight, and...
by Michael Thomson
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Wild camping tent...
Replies: 12
Views: 4043

Re: Insole Advice

Michael Thomson, are these the insoles you are talking about? Aye that's the fellows. You can do the oven thing and then mould them to suit or just wear them for a while and it has the same net effect. They do an array of thicknesses to suit and insulated versions for winter use too. Their website ...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Insole Advice
Replies: 15
Views: 4735

Re: Insole Advice

I found that the rigidity of superfeet wasn't particularly helpful. If you are looking for shock absorption, they won't help much. They can help correct other postural problems though. I prefer Sole footbeds, which provide support but allow for movement and don't have the immobilsation/rigidity issu...
by Michael Thomson
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Insole Advice
Replies: 15
Views: 4735

Re: How warm a down jacket do I need?

I'd say extremely useful for winter camping if you like to camp high, unless you want to be stuck in your sleeping bag the whole time or doing star jumps all night. For winter summit camps I always carry a down jacket.
by Michael Thomson
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: How warm a down jacket do I need?
Replies: 16
Views: 6502

Re: How warm a down jacket do I need?

If you're looking for one jacket to cover all the uses you have planned, you'll struggle a bit. It's hard to do one jacket for everything. It's a big difference between bluebird munro bagging and hanging in an ice belay in a blizzard. I find I prefer higher fill power to more fill. For walking and o...
by Michael Thomson
Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: How warm a down jacket do I need?
Replies: 16
Views: 6502

Re: Bothy Bagging - What are your rules?

I'd argue that a hill only really counts if you've slept on it too! :D
by Michael Thomson
Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:06 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bothy Bagging - What are your rules?
Replies: 23
Views: 4368

Re: Fins on the bottom of cooking pots

They do help with making the whole process more efficient, saving (a little bit of) time and fuel. They are affected by conditions though, so if it's freezing cold and windy, it'll still take longer than on a nice still day. Whether or not you'll care about a few seconds of boil time when you're hav...
by Michael Thomson
Thu May 12, 2016 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Fins on the bottom of cooking pots
Replies: 4
Views: 1279

Re: Tent pegs into frozen ground?

For hard frozen ground, I tend to use Titanium nails from Vargo. I use my axe to dig a wee starter hole, then hammer them in to final position. For snow I use a mix of snow stakes and clamcleat y-pegs. Sometimes you have to get creative. I've used skis, poles and ice axes as anchors many times and o...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:51 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tent pegs into frozen ground?
Replies: 10
Views: 2974

Re: Tower Gap - The hardest obstacle in my life (so far) /vi

I found Douglas Boulder Direct to be 'interesting' in traditional wet and slimy conditions. In big boots, a couple of the moves in the groove in the middle felt more like VS than VDiff. I was glad to have a rope.

I'd suggest a dry day.
by Michael Thomson
Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:24 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tower Gap - The hardest obstacle in my life (so far) /video
Replies: 21
Views: 5206

Re: The Little Things

The hiss of the stove boiling the first cuppa after you've pitched your tent

The 'thonk' noise an ice axe makes when you get a good placement in ice
by Michael Thomson
Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:30 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Little Things
Replies: 76
Views: 13882

Re: Walking spikes.

What dav said. This weekend past is a good example, in the west the snow cover was light, where trails had been heavily traversed it had been compacted and then refrozen along with some meltwater that had pooled and refrozen. That led to sections that were pretty icy in patches above 800m or so. You...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:04 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking spikes.
Replies: 14
Views: 4681

Re: Knne Injuries

It looks like I've got a meniscal tear. Anyone else had this and could give me an idea of the recovery times etc? I've got an appointment with a consultant on 17/12 so it's progress at last :? I had multiple tears to the meniscus in my right knee last summer. MRI scan showed them up clearly, along ...
by Michael Thomson
Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Knne Injuries
Replies: 79
Views: 18258

Re: Walking spikes.

I've used both, and they are both good in the right conditions . The Hillsounds are my personal favourites, they are perfect for walks in lean conditions or in situations where the snow is well consolidated. They are pretty poor on steep ground, so route choice has to be a factor too. Hillsound do a...
by Michael Thomson
Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking spikes.
Replies: 14
Views: 4681

Re: MACDUI AND CAIRNGORM

It's like a telegram.

CLIMBED HILL STOP WAS MAGIC STOP
by Michael Thomson
Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:46 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: MACDUI AND CAIRNGORM
Replies: 2
Views: 1023

Re: Sole insoles

I use Sole footbeds in all of my footwear. The first thing I do with new shoes is chuck the footbed out and stick a Sole one in. They do a variety of cushioning levels, I tend to use the Softec Response, but the Softec Ultra has twice the cushioning. If you're experiencing pain it could be that you ...
by Michael Thomson
Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:45 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Sole insoles
Replies: 7
Views: 2040
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