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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: 636

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: 1026

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: 1485

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: 1915

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: 567

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: 307

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: 908

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: 903

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