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Re: Gaelic Map Feature Names

That's massively helpful, thank you so much everyone. I've done a lot of Latin, so at least understand the different noun cases. It's going to be the pronunciation I really struggle with. To pick something randomly off a map for example, I'd currently struggle to say something like Caochan a' Ghuib...
by Alex W
Mon May 17, 2021 9:26 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gaelic Map Feature Names
Replies: 9
Views: 889

Re: Gaelic Map Feature Names

I'm nearing the end of stage 2 Gaelic on Duolingo :lol: My main motivator was to understand the meaning of the names of mountains. It's pretty good for that, but I won't be joining the gaelic side of the bar in the Western Isles any time soon. If you learnt some gaelic at primary school then you wil...
by Alex W
Fri May 14, 2021 10:47 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gaelic Map Feature Names
Replies: 9
Views: 889

Re: Hills Open from Friday!!

Where I was in the Grampians the snow was down to about 850 metres. No problems higher up on the summits and ice axe and crampons stayed stowed, but anything above 975 metres might need some gear. There are snow showers forecast this week so expect some fresh snow on the very highest hills. It will ...
by Alex W
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:26 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Hills Open from Friday!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1451

Re: Stay Home --> Stay Local

The law on moving outside the LA area is the same for level 3 as it is for level 4 - you can't do it except for essential reasons and the 5 mile rule on exercise. So still a travel ban. But the Scottish Government has flagged up pretty strongly that that will change for level 3 and travel will be al...
by Alex W
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:18 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay Home --> Stay Local
Replies: 40
Views: 3396

Re: Recommended Beginner Kit - Pack Weight?

As above, I do walks of up to about a week on a set of clothes for walking and a set for "evening wear". I also keep a stock of almost worn out clothes which I'll wear travelling to the start of a walk and then dump before I set off. If the clothes I'm wearing at the end of a walk are a bi...
by Alex W
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Recommended Beginner Kit - Pack Weight?
Replies: 22
Views: 1349

Re: Stay Home --> Stay Local

I'm afraid the ban on travel outside your local authority area (with exceptions) is not due to be lifted until 26th April. I can see no rhyme or reason for keeping it in place, but that is the rule and we need to stick to it for the few weeks left. As above, you can get to places South of the range...
by Alex W
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay Home --> Stay Local
Replies: 40
Views: 3396

Re: Stay Home --> Stay Local

I'm afraid the ban on travel outside your local authority area (with exceptions) is not due to be lifted until 26th April. I can see no rhyme or reason for keeping it in place, but that is the rule and we need to stick to it for the few weeks left. As above, you can get to places South of the range ...
by Alex W
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:30 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay Home --> Stay Local
Replies: 40
Views: 3396

Re: TN Laser comp 1, MSR Freelite 1 or Nordisk Telemark?

I took the Terra Nova Laser Comp 1 on the John Muir Trail in the High Sierra. Superb tent. No problems putting it up, no condensation problems. Big enough to bring your pack inside and the flysheet overlap is big enough to leave your boots under cover if you don't want them inside the tent with you....
by Alex W
Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: TN Laser comp 1, MSR Freelite 1 or Nordisk Telemark?
Replies: 9
Views: 1727

Re: Import Duties

I'm waiting with bated breath for a replacement walking pole section from Black Diamond. I posted about a bent walking pole on another thread and joked about the section coming from Austria and me coming on here. The Black Diamond site was marked as UK, the pole section was priced in £s, my credit ...
by Alex W
Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:38 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Import Duties
Replies: 20
Views: 1470

Re: Import Duties

I'm waiting with bated breath for a replacement walking pole section from Black Diamond. I posted about a bent walking pole on another thread and joked about the section coming from Austria and me coming on here. The Black Diamond site was marked as UK, the pole section was priced in £s, my credit c...
by Alex W
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:57 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Import Duties
Replies: 20
Views: 1470

Re: Long distance with toddler

The John Muir Way is a good shout. JMW has a cycle route alternative, but from memory the bits avoided by the cycle alternative would still be possible with a buggy. It's not all flat btw, but is by no means mountainous. Combining the Forth & Clyde canal with the Union Canal and potentially Wate...
by Alex W
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:46 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance with toddler
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: WH Summer Meet - Inverie 10-12 July 2020 NOW 8-10 JULY 2

If any spaces come available I'd be happy to take one. Not that I know what I'll be doing in July 2022, but it would be nice to be in Inverie. Please add me to the waiting list. If spaces don't free up you could still come along and camp :) or there are also other places to stay in Inverie if campi...
by Alex W
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:47 pm
 
Forum: Meeting up, arranging trips and walking clubs
Topic: WH Summer Meet - Inverie 10-12 July 2020 NOW 8-10 JULY 2022
Replies: 50
Views: 9247

Re: WH Summer Meet - Inverie 10-12 July 2020 NOW 8-10 JULY 2

If any spaces come available I'd be happy to take one. Not that I know what I'll be doing in July 2022, but it would be nice to be in Inverie. Please add me to the waiting list.
by Alex W
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Meeting up, arranging trips and walking clubs
Topic: WH Summer Meet - Inverie 10-12 July 2020 NOW 8-10 JULY 2022
Replies: 50
Views: 9247

Re: The edge of nowhere

The question of remoteness is a personal thing and depends on what you look for to get comfort. For me the feeling of remoteness comes when I know that it's a day or so to walk to get to somewhere with inhabitants and when I see somewhere featureless with a distant horizon and big skies. For me it's...
by Alex W
Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:19 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The edge of nowhere
Replies: 21
Views: 1946

Re: Unbending a walking pole

Thanks for all the help and advice. I discovered that Black Diamond do replacement middle sections. Only £10 although post and packing added another £8.95. At least it's cheaper than replacing the pair. Now all I have to worry about is whether it comes from Austria and I have to contribute to the &q...
by Alex W
Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Unbending a walking pole
Replies: 13
Views: 1018
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