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Re: into thin air

Try reading " A Day To Die For " by Graham Ratcliffe. It's also about the 1996 tragedy, and debunks some of the Krakeur version, amongst others. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Day-Die-ebook/dp/B004SOYW94 Boukreev died climbing at altitude recognised as an exceptional climber Krakeur is still wri...
by Craigellachie
Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:56 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: into thin air
Replies: 18
Views: 5068

Re: Music On The Hill ?

I once climbed up a snowy gully on Sgurr Alasdair (highest peak on Skye) listening to music from a walkman in my pocket with wee speakers clipped to my rucksack straps. Pink Floyd's 'Echoes' and 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' were particularly apt, as I struggled up in shadow toward a ...
by Craigellachie
Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:52 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Music On The Hill ?
Replies: 86
Views: 15816

Re: Bothy or Tent heater

It depends on the setting you choose but it burns at a similar rate to the stoves it just seems to distribute the heat in a different way. I have used it for 3 hours and used half a normal sized can as in the pic but had it on at half rate
by Craigellachie
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:15 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Bothy or Tent heater
Replies: 13
Views: 4944

Re: Bothy or Tent heater

This ones really heavy in comparison in fact it might be easier carrying the Ray Mears type stove earlier. Its got great heat output but it relies on the very heavy gas cannisters great if weights not an issue and you can use the cannisters for your stove.
by Craigellachie
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:53 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Bothy or Tent heater
Replies: 13
Views: 4944

Re: Bothy or Tent heater

Yes there are websites for wives as well but best steer clear! If I were a brave man I would say I go to the hills to escape my wife but I am not brave and would never say that ... ever..... honest darling...... :D I would ideally like the Ray Mears type heater you found in Feshie but fear it would ...
by Craigellachie
Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Bothy or Tent heater
Replies: 13
Views: 4944

Bothy or Tent heater

Over the years I have used many bothies all year round and heating has always been a challenge, do you carry in coal or risk foraging for wood for the fire after you arrive? Or how to heat a bothy with no fire, places like Callater Stables and Hutchison Bothy in the Cairngorms spring to mind? Howeve...
by Craigellachie
Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:31 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Bothy or Tent heater
Replies: 13
Views: 4944

Re: Length of Ice Axe

I heard Mick Tighe talk about this late last year and he is quite clear long axes which can act as a support and an ice tool as required are essential. Very clear on the danger of using walking poles instead of having an axe in hand. Personally comming off the hill late at night at the end of the da...
by Craigellachie
Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:48 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Length of Ice Axe
Replies: 25
Views: 16645

Re: Length of Ice Axe

Caberfeidh wrote: If you want to go really retro and stylish, look for a wooden-shafted axe - rare but nice looking.

a retro and stylish wooden axe on a rare but nice looking cairngorm chap
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by Craigellachie
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:13 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Length of Ice Axe
Replies: 25
Views: 16645

Re: deep snow in the glens

the usual walk in of 50 mins was extended to 2 hours 15 mins due to deep snow, Pah, I laugh in the face of your 2hrs 15mins walk through knee-deep snow! I once took six hours to do that walk, in powder up to my chest. I was in the bothy for days afterwards, and thought I'd have to do a Charlie Chap...
by Craigellachie
Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:27 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: deep snow in the glens
Replies: 17
Views: 8356

Re: deep snow in the glens

Great pic of Glen Tannar just out of the forrest with Keen and Gathering Cairn on the left. Great bike ride but not today :lol: My pics are [1] from half way along the track where it usually has a large bend to the right, looking towards Carn Mhaim and Carn Crom. The second one is after the black br...
by Craigellachie
Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:53 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: deep snow in the glens
Replies: 17
Views: 8356

Re: deep snow in the glens

What's it like near to Aberdeen? We were heading over that way later this week to fill in a few missing shorter walks; some in the city, some around Banchory, some on the coast. Has the snow completely obliterated everything or is there not so much near the coast. Cheers We have had a foot of snow ...
by Craigellachie
Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:40 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: deep snow in the glens
Replies: 17
Views: 8356

Re: deep snow in the glens

You just never know whats its going to be like untill you get there and we live in Aberdeen so its a fun trip up Deeside. We planned Derry Cairngorm or Carn Crom a smaller hill on the way up DC or Bob Scotts by the fire as our flexible objectives for the day, guess which one won the day?? Walked in ...
by Craigellachie
Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:47 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: deep snow in the glens
Replies: 17
Views: 8356

deep snow in the glens

Made an attempt to get up Derry Cairngorm yesterday the usual walk in of 50 mins was extended to 2 hours 15 mins due to deep snow, obliterated path and snow showers. see pics below one shows walker looking into the oncomming storm which was about to arrive and the other shows a wee track in the drif...
by Craigellachie
Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:23 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: deep snow in the glens
Replies: 17
Views: 8356

Re: First Winter Experience

And a helmet! Don't forget the helmet. As I was ploughing a furrow down the north face of Ben Nevis with my nose, using my face as an ice-breaker through the crust of frozen snow through which there poked many sharp and pointy rocks, I thought "what I need here is a helmet". Get a helmet....
by Craigellachie
Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:43 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: First Winter Experience
Replies: 8
Views: 2547

Re: Where's the pic?

magicdin wrote:loch callater ?


Correct, home of the moster pike/shark/whale depending on how much water of life Caberfiedh has consumed at the point of telling his story. Pic taken last weekend
by Craigellachie
Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:19 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where's the pic?
Replies: 341
Views: 58278
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