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Re: Snow cover on Stob Ghabhar and Stob a'Choire Odhair?

I was just up the road in Glencoe on Friday and there are still fairly substantial snow patches on the exits from Coire na Tulaich on Buachaille Etive Mor and the Lost Valley on Bidean nam Bian (both of which are always late-lying because of where they are). Luckily, you can see those from the roads...
by OpenC
Mon May 13, 2019 9:48 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Snow cover on Stob Ghabhar and Stob a'Choire Odhair?
Replies: 14
Views: 350

Re: The Little Things

The supernatural colour of the world below after spending an hour or two among rocks in the clouds. When you drop back below the cloud level and see the green, it's almost unnaturally vibrant.

I'm really badly colourblind but it feels like i have normal colour vision when this happens :)
by OpenC
Sun May 12, 2019 8:39 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Little Things
Replies: 76
Views: 11212

Re: Snow cover Ben Lawers area?

Probably too late I guess but Lawers was white from probably around 950m when I drove past it on Saturday. I get the feeling that almost all the snow you can see at the minute is brand new from passing showers, and only lasts until the next two hours of sunshine. Glencoe seemed to go from clear to w...
by OpenC
Sun May 12, 2019 7:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Snow cover Ben Lawers area?
Replies: 4
Views: 312

Re: Ghostbusters

Bidean nam Bian on Friday; only person on the route (the 'old' way, by the waterfalls above Loch Achtriochtan). Was just about to pull out of the corrie onto the ridge when I looked behind to see a runner coming up behind me, dressed all in black and making great progress up the steep and rubbly pat...
by OpenC
Sun May 12, 2019 7:24 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ghostbusters
Replies: 31
Views: 7629

Re: Writing

Hamish's Mountain Walk and The Living Mountain are both essentials IMO, really excellent - if you know the areas being discussed, anyway. I can't imagine they're as effective if you've never walked in Scotland but Shepherd's work on the Cairngorms in particularly is sometimes breathtakingly well-obs...
by OpenC
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:55 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Writing
Replies: 21
Views: 2623

Re: Cheviots round with a wild camp

Tremendous walk around my local hills, enjoyed that :) Comb Fell is hard work, isn't it :)
by OpenC
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Cheviots round with a wild camp
Replies: 1
Views: 1511

Simonside: all the traverse, none of the trees (or tarmac)

Picture heavy wander over Simonside today, one of the North East's classic days out and deservedly popular (so many roads and houses around here named after it). The Lake District has a few smaller hills which are considered "suitable for all" but I don't think it has anything quite like S...
by OpenC
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Simonside: all the traverse, none of the trees (or tarmac)
Replies: 1
Views: 724

Re: Windy Gyle

Tremendous, one of my absolute favourite wals that :clap:
by OpenC
Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:54 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Windy Gyle
Replies: 5
Views: 1048

A Long Old Wander Through Northumberland

Got my girl to drop me off five miles up the road this morning and have just returned from a roundly satisfying 15 mile meander back, taking in the northern hills of Thrunton Woods, Cartington Hill, the Debdon estate, a possibly slightly trespassy look up through Cragside estate to the lakes, then o...
by OpenC
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:08 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: A Long Old Wander Through Northumberland
Replies: 1
Views: 697

Re: Bespoke Transport

A slight contradiction as you want to wander aimlessly and yet you want bespoke transport. You don't need transport for these glens they are all easy accessible although it will take slightly longer. I know they're accessible; what I mean is that if I could pay somebody to take me to Alltbeithe or ...
by OpenC
Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:39 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bespoke Transport
Replies: 19
Views: 2490

Re: Bespoke Transport

I definitely wouldn't rule it out but I like the freedom of being able to spend as long as I want aimlessly wandering, and I feel like pre-arranged transport adds an unnecessary tension to the day. I personally prefer the idea of bespoke transport that takes me through long and private/inaccessible ...
by OpenC
Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:02 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bespoke Transport
Replies: 19
Views: 2490

Re: Is there a clever way of doing these 5 munros?

I spent so much time with Memory Map trying to work out a feasible route to do this lot as a one'er :) I'm just going to do Glas Tuiaichean, Carn an Righ and Beinn Iutharn Mhor from Spittal of Glenshee, up via Glenlochsie and back via Taitneach; and Carn Bhac on its own from the North. The hills aro...
by OpenC
Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:56 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is there a clever way of doing these 5 munros?
Replies: 12
Views: 2024

Re: A Dog Walk With A View: Windy Gyle

Lola is 3 now and has 20 or so Munros to her name :) the other two have reached the time of life when the really big walks leave them sore for days (like me) so they don't get out so much any more, although they got around Cairn Gorm and the corries ok last month :)
by OpenC
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: A Dog Walk With A View: Windy Gyle
Replies: 8
Views: 3430

Re: A Dog Walk With A View: Windy Gyle

It's still my favourite easy-ish walk in Northumberland (and Scotland). I'm lucky to live so nearby (probably been up and down another five or six times since I posted this) :) Pleased you enjoyed it. Did you see any other people..? Despite it being part of the Pennine Way and despite the majestic v...
by OpenC
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: A Dog Walk With A View: Windy Gyle
Replies: 8
Views: 3430

Re: PHOTO COMPETITION #56 — August 2016

1. David Main
2. MrsSanta
3. JKLL

I hope I'm OK to vote before the formal end of proceedings is announced :)
by OpenC
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Photo threads, comps and quizzes
Topic: PHOTO COMPETITION #56 — August 2016
Replies: 43
Views: 6172
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