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Re: Glencoe planning issue

It seems a pity that this house is known as the Saville House. I believe before Saville it was Hamish McInnes's house. So maybe don't destroy the house due to its association with Saville, but erase that period from history and think of it as McInnes's house. In any case, it wasn't the house's faul...
by Alex W
Tue Jan 25, 2022 6:09 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Glencoe planning issue
Replies: 17
Views: 987

Re: Glencoe planning issue

It seems a pity that this house is known as the Saville House. I believe before Saville it was Hamish McInnes's house. So maybe don't destroy the house due to its association with Saville, but erase that period from history and think of it as McInnes's house. In any case, it wasn't the house's fault...
by Alex W
Tue Jan 25, 2022 2:57 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Glencoe planning issue
Replies: 17
Views: 987

Train from Corrour

I'm lining up some potential walks over Christmas and New Year. I've not been into Corrour station before. In the experience of people on here, is the last train reliable? There is an 18:25 timetabled to run from Corrour to Glasgow. I don't really want to have to go prepared with a tent and overnigh...
by Alex W
Thu Dec 09, 2021 7:06 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Train from Corrour
Replies: 16
Views: 1288

Re: Dried food

Don't forget the Angel Delight reconstituted using water.
by Alex W
Wed Dec 08, 2021 5:27 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dried food
Replies: 32
Views: 2192

Re: Lost in Lairig Ghru

I think it's a fair point to make that sites like Walkhighlands and the availability of electronic navigational aids contribute to a sense in some of "false confidence". That's not the fault of Walkhighlands or the navigational aids. I have a GPS which I use and I print the WH route of whe...
by Alex W
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:57 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lost in Lairig Ghru
Replies: 30
Views: 3675

Re: New boots!

Be careful if you're buying from Sports Direct. Go into a shop if you can. Their prices are always good, but quite often they sell not quite the same model. It may well be as good, but you lose the confidence that it's the model you researched and got fitted.
by Alex W
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: New boots!
Replies: 10
Views: 804

Re: New boots!

I have a pair of Salomon X ultra 3 mid boots (discontinued now I believe) which are comfortable and waterproof. I wouldn't wear them on anything other than level ground or good paths, because there just isn't enough edge to the sole, so descending steep ground is a bit precarious. As a 3 season boot...
by Alex W
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:20 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: New boots!
Replies: 10
Views: 804

Re: Smidge

Often I wonder what the old Highlanders did to keep the midges ,ticks and clegs at bay I too have wondered that. You pass shielings in the glens and realise that families lived there. Even the ones only occupied during the summer would be occupied in peak midge season. I also marvel at sheep and co...
by Alex W
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:13 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Smidge
Replies: 15
Views: 1833

Re: Lost in Lairig Ghru

It was said in the thread about Martin Wightman (is that his name) who was lost in the Cairngorms last weekend that it would be helpful to get a full report of how an accident happened so that you can learn from the mistakes. I always find it less painful and stressful to learn from the mistakes tha...
by Alex W
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:04 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Lost in Lairig Ghru
Replies: 30
Views: 3675

Re: Taking a child up Ben Nevis in the autumn. Consideration

If the child has done high level walks then the terrain on the pony track should not be a problem. It's a well made path and is likely better than you would be used to on other walks. There are dangers off the path, especially on the summit, but it should be clear when you need to keep the child clo...
by Alex W
Tue Oct 19, 2021 11:59 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Taking a child up Ben Nevis in the autumn. Considerations?
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Re: Clegs.

There doesn't seem to be a lot of research on the effects of diet on attractiveness to insects. However, Vitamin B1 patches have been tested and found to be ineffective against mosquitos: https://academic.oup.com/jinsectscience/article/15/1/140/2583458 That study suggests that deet is most effectiv...
by Alex W
Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:42 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Clegs.
Replies: 18
Views: 1206

Re: Clegs.

I am severely irritated by Clegs and Midges and have quite a severe reaction to any bites. I've tried a few repellents including lavender formulae and Smidge. The most effective for me is old fashioned Deet, but I would really like to move away from that for environmental reasons and due to its toxi...
by Alex W
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:27 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Clegs.
Replies: 18
Views: 1206

Re: An Sgarsoch/Carn an Fhidhlier - how far by bike

You can avoid any concerns about river crossing by doing these two from Glen Tilt. Start at Blair Atholl (Bridge of Tilt car park) and bike it up to Falls of Tarf and climb the ridge from there. Just follow the ridge round and return by the side of the Tarf. Glen Tilt is a beautiful part of the world.
by Alex W
Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:17 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: An Sgarsoch/Carn an Fhidhlier - how far by bike
Replies: 9
Views: 879

Re: Weather question

I remember in the late seventies, I was President of a University climbing club and we had a speaker one night talking about an ascent of Everest. The talk was entertaining. The speaker asked if anyone was up for a bit of climbing the following day. Not wanting to pass up a chance to climb with an E...
by Alex W
Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:00 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Weather question
Replies: 13
Views: 1283

Re: Best alternative to Viewranger?

Viewranger didn't give me an option to renew my OS Map UK coverage and my subscription expired. So I've moved to OS Maps and subscribed from there. It does what I need and I'm pleased with it. I miss not having the cross hairs and elevation. OS Maps gives me a big arrow which obscures the point I'm ...
by Alex W
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:21 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Best alternative to Viewranger?
Replies: 10
Views: 1384
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