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Re: What dogs, are good hill dogs ?

My wife and I were idly talking about getting a dog to be with us in our old age and something which could accompany me on solo treks in the hills (is it still solo when you have a dog?). About 6 months ago I acquired a toy poodle when my elderly aunt could not look after her any more. She is deligh...
by Alex W
Thu Apr 28, 2022 5:11 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What dogs, are good hill dogs ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1227

Re: Beinn a'Chlachair, Geal Charn, Creag Pitridh - route opt

I walked your route 1, but in reverse. From Luiblea out past Lubvan and right to the end of Beinn a Chlachair. Then down the ENE ridge and back down the path to Luiblea. It's a longer route, but satisfying. The climb is straightforward and a consistent gradient. Possibly a bit tedious except you hav...
by Alex W
Thu Apr 28, 2022 4:45 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Beinn a'Chlachair, Geal Charn, Creag Pitridh - route options
Replies: 10
Views: 889

Re: Walk Highland map issue

It's nice to see a GPS vs map debate which doesn't descend into abuse. I go along with Johnbythel for the most part. My map stays firmly in my sack most of the time. I do use compass bearings which I take using the grid lines on my phone based map. I am also in my sixties and have been walking since...
by Alex W
Tue Apr 05, 2022 11:19 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Walk Highland map issue
Replies: 35
Views: 1690

Re: Icy Mountains

It is very tempting for summer walkers to see the lovely spring weather and think it is alright to venture back out on the high hills. I see social media posts asking whether crampons and ice axes are needed in certain areas. If the warning is to them that the answer is "Yes and learn how to us...
by Alex W
Fri Mar 25, 2022 12:19 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Icy Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 1046

Re: Icy Mountains

I find it quite difficult to judge these warnings. I'm experienced in mountains, but don't go out all the time in winter and am therefore permanently a bit "ring rusty" in winter conditions. I did used to ice climb, but that was a long, long time ago - there have been many thaw-freeze cycl...
by Alex W
Fri Mar 25, 2022 10:30 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Icy Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 1046

Re: Training ideas for Scotland bike-hike trip?

I have had a long standing concern that I am simply not fast enough on the hills. A little bit of it is sheer speed, but mainly it's that I hit a steep slope and move up it and then just come to a halt and have to pause. It's not that my muscles are burning or that I'm out of breath, it's just that ...
by Alex W
Fri Mar 04, 2022 3:14 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Training ideas for Scotland bike-hike trip?
Replies: 30
Views: 1608

Re: Victoria Bridge at Mar Lodge, Braemar

Hi folks Just wondered if anyone might know if Victoria Bridge at Mar Lodge, Braemar is back open again for access? This is the bridge across the River Dee that can be accessed from the road that runs from Braemar to Linn of Dee, and affords a bit of a short cut if you are on foot/bike. I believe t...
by Alex W
Thu Feb 10, 2022 9:33 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Victoria Bridge at Mar Lodge, Braemar
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: The Scottish mountains really must do better.....

I go up Arthur's Seat quite a lot. I love it. It's a good test of the legs if you set out to reach the top without stopping and on a clear day the view is very satisfying. I'm surprised there are not more accidents. The rocky and precipitous summit needs care. The people walking up Arthur's Seat ar...
by Alex W
Thu Feb 10, 2022 7:54 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Scottish mountains really must do better.....
Replies: 26
Views: 7676

Re: The Scottish mountains really must do better.....

I go up Arthur's Seat quite a lot. I love it. It's a good test of the legs if you set out to reach the top without stopping and on a clear day the view is very satisfying. I'm surprised there are not more accidents. The rocky and precipitous summit needs care. The people walking up Arthur's Seat are...
by Alex W
Thu Feb 10, 2022 1:11 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Scottish mountains really must do better.....
Replies: 26
Views: 7676

Re: How much tarmac en-route to Ben Avon?

Carn Bhac is a pretty good track as far as Auchelie where I left it, but it looked good further on as well. I'm not an expert on the threshold between fold up bikes and mountain bikes, but walking it felt like on the better maintained side of tracks.
by Alex W
Fri Jan 28, 2022 4:19 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How much tarmac en-route to Ben Avon?
Replies: 14
Views: 1405

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: 1609

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: 1609

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: 1685

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: 2806

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: 4252
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