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Re: Winter cooking stove

I use alcohol stove throughout the winter as there's little to go wrong but getting an efficient setup needs a bit of research (pot/ stove compatibility, good windscreen, etc) & familiarity. The only time I use a gas stove is when I anticipate needing to melt snow when I dig out the Kovea Spider...
by whiteburn
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:34 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Winter cooking stove
Replies: 15
Views: 1483

Re: Pacer Poles

... after a long day I found the fleshy heal of my hand and pinky joint getting sore...bashed and bruised I reckon. . Can't say I've had any issue in this regard, perhaps you're hanging onto the grip too hard ......The other issue was my thumbs got bloody cauld in the driving wind /rain as they sit...
by whiteburn
Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:55 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Pacer Poles
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Braeriach to Corrour Bothy any way down

I’m planning to do this route this coming Tuesday with an overnight camp somewhere. Was planning on biking to Derry lodge then tackling Devils Point and working my way around the others from there. Would an overnight camp prior to or just after doing Braeriach be a good option ? Then walk back thro...
by whiteburn
Sat Aug 07, 2021 9:45 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Braeriach to Corrour Bothy any way down
Replies: 21
Views: 1720

Re: Braeriach to Corrour Bothy any way down

I've descended & ascended 'Dukes path' many times & it's pretty straight forward. From the cairn just off the main path down the Sron na Lairige (~NH965002) just follow the zigzags down into Coire Ruadh where the path it peters out, resist the temptation to continue straight down & head ...
by whiteburn
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:39 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Braeriach to Corrour Bothy any way down
Replies: 21
Views: 1720

Re: Lairig Ghru Braemar to Aviemore directions.

I respectfully suggest that if you can't work it out for yourself from the OS map that you shouldn't be there.
Even in summer it's not a walk in the park, rough going in places with the potential for poor weather.
by whiteburn
Sat Jul 31, 2021 9:57 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lairig Ghru Braemar to Aviemore directions.
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: GPS Repairs

I the first instance I'd contact Garmin Support via the website:
https://support.garmin.com/en-GB/ql/?focus=topics
by whiteburn
Mon May 24, 2021 10:11 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: GPS Repairs
Replies: 2
Views: 1159

Re: Grisport boots

Got a pair of Peaklander's for working around the farm rather than wellies. They look well made, reasonably light & they fit my wide feet. Well worth the £75 I paid for them & got a free daysack & a pair of socks!
by whiteburn
Wed May 19, 2021 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Grisport boots
Replies: 4
Views: 1292

Re: Import Duties

This site https://www.simplyduty.com/#calc is pretty good at estimating (exchange rate may change the actual value on the day) the any import taxes for goods from the EU or elsewhere, there'll also be a handling fee added by the delivery company of £8 to £12 (in the case of Royal Mail its £8). There...
by whiteburn
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:56 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Import Duties
Replies: 20
Views: 3070

Re: Unbending a walking pole

Bending of aluminium alloy CAN leave invisible micro cracks, a pole may survive straightening & last a life time or may snap unexpectedly if overloaded again......life's a risk.
by whiteburn
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:32 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Unbending a walking pole
Replies: 13
Views: 2516

Re: Trail Runners vs Lightweight Mountaineering Boot

Just go with the trail runners & pack a pair of plastic bags (bread bags) to wear over your bed socks in the evening so that possibly wet shoes can be worn around camp.
by whiteburn
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Trail Runners vs Lightweight Mountaineering Boot
Replies: 8
Views: 1061

Re: Sleeping bags for Scottish winter

The Mongar (like the Hubba-Hubba it is based off) is an excellent, large, 3-season tent but you need to be very, very careful about using it it in winter especially in exposed/windy conditions or if there is any risk of significant snow. The lightness and large surface area will not be working in y...
by whiteburn
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Sleeping bags for Scottish winter
Replies: 18
Views: 2281

Re: Tomintoul To Nethyrbridge Via Dorback Lodge

I've been that way a couple of times but choose to paddle across the Dorback Burn around NJ069165 to pick up the path SW through Eag Mhor, FP (not on maps) continues all the way to join forestry track around NJ052144. From there it's an easy stroll via Forest Lodge to either Nethybridge or Glenmore.
by whiteburn
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:54 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tomintoul To Nethyrbridge Via Dorback Lodge
Replies: 10
Views: 1295

Re: Sleeping bag for winter

The Scottish winter should not be underestimated: when conditions are good (low winds) it’s often very cold, when conditions are mediocre it’s often very windy…….walk before you try running; there’s a lot to learn to be comfortable & safe. I’m often out backpacking for several days at a time in ...
by whiteburn
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:27 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Sleeping bag for winter
Replies: 11
Views: 1302

Re: Cooking equipment

IMO the best alcohol system pot/ windshield/ burner is the Trail Designs Caldera Cone ( https://www.traildesigns.com/collections/stove-pot-bundles ), pricey, don't forget there'll be import taxes to pay, but worth it. I've used the 900ml Evernew Tri-tri system for many years, both summer & winte...
by whiteburn
Sun Aug 23, 2020 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Cooking equipment
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: Trail/walking shoes

I walked (part of) the CWT last year carrying a ~15kg load in a pair of Oboz Sawtooth trail shoes. And even though my feet were constantly wet I had no blisters and no problems at all. I love them. But they are not easily available in the UK. Personally I would only wear boots for winter hillwalkin...
by whiteburn
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Trail/walking shoes
Replies: 4
Views: 788
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