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Re: Training suggestions

My general approach to the hills is to pace yourself and avoid over exertion. If you have a fitness watch or heart rate monitor then wear it and stick to the easier heart rate zones where possible when on a long walk. If you really push too hard then you will find it difficult to eat and drink as yo...
by Hike Man
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:15 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Training suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: Wellies on Munros?

I prefer trail running shoes and a waterproof sock for the wet bits. Light, friendly and blister free. You get a few weird looks from folks if you choose different but if it works then you don’t need to be conventional. I would only look out my heavy boots now for winter conditions. Wellies always s...
by Hike Man
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:32 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Wellies on Munros?
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: LightWeight double sleeping bag ??

If you look around you can buy single bags with zips at opposite sides that enable you to join them and make a double. This gives you options far better than the double. I have no recommendations but worth exploring that route so you can carry one when solo.
by Hike Man
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:25 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: LightWeight double sleeping bag ??
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Where will you be going?

I will be glad to get into the hills again to test my fitness. I have to say with the lockdown progressively easing very many people will be required to return to work. So my aim is to avoid weekends and believe that there is plenty space for us all up all but the busiest of routes. I will probably ...
by Hike Man
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:02 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where will you be going?
Replies: 43
Views: 3095

Re: New Coronavirus Law

If I can drive a hundred miles to visit a distant relative I can drive a hundred miles to climb a distant mountain. There is no difference.
by Hike Man
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:13 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New Coronavirus Law
Replies: 336
Views: 17637

Re: Stay at home

It seems that as citizens we can drive to and shop in crowded supermarkets any day of the week. I know very many of our emergency services personnel do the same. I see no real social distancing in these places and see the closing of outdoor spaces by restricting travel as somewhat confusing. I am no...
by Hike Man
Mon May 25, 2020 3:09 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 30976

Re: the C word

The Government and health officials are encouraging outdoor activities so long as the social distancing criteria are met. If you go up a hill, don’t come close to people and then return home that day you won’t cause any problems. Even isolated camping won’t hurt. I understand that what they are tryi...
by Hike Man
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: the C word
Replies: 152
Views: 8362

Re: Rain and preventing wet gear

Unlucky with the weather but it just goes to show that the elements can beat all the technology we can throw at it as far as fancy clothing etc is concerned. For me, in warmer days and when I know I can get clothes dry overnight, I don’t wear waterproofs and just get wet. I find that in inclement we...
by Hike Man
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:16 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rain and preventing wet gear
Replies: 15
Views: 928

Re: First time bivvy , any tips please ?

Never been in any way attracted to sleeping in one, but I reckon in midge country it could be unpleasant so avoid low altitude areas of Scotland when settling down for the night. Due to the lower temperatures at altitude it might be tricky to get a decent kip up high too. I much prefer a tent which ...
by Hike Man
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:21 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: First time bivvy , any tips please ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1585

Re: Wild Camping & it's Enforcement

I was moved on from the wee wild camping spot at Rowardennan on the WHW the very first year it was in force. We are responsible wild campers but this made no difference to the Warden who made us pack up in pouring rain and move on. We were doing no harm, making no noise and would have left without t...
by Hike Man
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:06 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Wild Camping & it's Enforcement
Replies: 21
Views: 1903

Re: Lyme Disease/Ticks

I have to say that the programme offered very little advice on treatment etc and certainly would or could scare folk. Best thing to do is research the subject yourself and take whatever precautions you feel you require. I don’t think repellants work well as they are persistent pests who will find an...
by Hike Man
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:40 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lyme Disease/Ticks
Replies: 25
Views: 2506

Re: White Mounth Munros - Drinking water

It’s a nice round that and can easily be done in one day, weather and legs permitting. There are what I’d call ditches that you cross on your route but I wouldn’t like to say what quality the water was. I did it many years ago on a sunny September Sunday and carried all the water I required so didn’...
by Hike Man
Thu May 23, 2019 8:24 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: White Mounth Munros - Drinking water
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Re: Backpacking trip suggestions

If you are intending a trip back to Scotland you could do the Lairig Ghru and camp out while doing one of the many Munros that are very accessible. Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Devils Point etc etc. Good climbs and majestic scenery on your way.
by Hike Man
Fri May 17, 2019 2:28 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Backpacking trip suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: Recommendations for backpack for West Highland Way?

I’ve camped it all the way stopping at sites and wild camping and 65l is more than enough. Even if you are wild camping the route is so well serviced that you can pick up food on a daily basis or buy pub grub. It’s a pleasant walk and the pubs crop up about every 8 to 10 miles so never far from a be...
by Hike Man
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Recommendations for backpack for West Highland Way?
Replies: 11
Views: 1678

Re: Linn of Dee car park

You have many options from Linn of Dee and all route descriptions on the site for the Munros in the area are worth a look. There are also three handy Bothies which can serve as a back up if you don’t fancy the tent. I’ve never seen the car park full, enjoy your time in the hills and valleys.
by Hike Man
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:41 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Linn of Dee car park
Replies: 8
Views: 1203

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