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Re: Binoculars

I bought a pair of Opticron CX mini 8x21 for £30 online recently. I posted about them on a previous post about monoculars on here. The reason I bought them is that I have a nice pair of larger Opticron binos but they are too heavy for trekking etc. I'm delighted with the CX mini and they are small e...
by papa smurf
Tue May 10, 2016 8:58 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Binoculars
Replies: 2
Views: 1144

Re: Callander to Killin to Crianlarich

Ian sorry dont want you to doubt yourself. I definitely got to a river which I would only have crossed if I had a gun at my head. I stood for ages trying to see if I could get across and in the end had to make my way down to the road. As I say maybe it was higher than normal with snow melt. I then r...
by papa smurf
Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:47 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Callander to Killin to Crianlarich
Replies: 6
Views: 3179

Re: Callander to Killin to Crianlarich

Ian was yours recent because I thought it could have been a good route ? I'm racking my brains but my trip was possibly 3 or 4 years ago, it also was in winter with snow on tops which may not have helped the rivers. Wonder if it has been improved ? You mention fences and I recall I got a belter of a...
by papa smurf
Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:46 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Callander to Killin to Crianlarich
Replies: 6
Views: 3179

Re: Which inflatable kayak could you recommend?

I have a Sevlor Hudson which I like. I thought it would be a rubbish canoe but handy and a bit of fun. It goes much straighter than I thought it would, so much so that I have never fitted the optional skeg. I figure I would break it dragging the thing and it goes great without it. I've no doubt puri...
by papa smurf
Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:36 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which inflatable kayak could you recommend?
Replies: 13
Views: 15049

Re: Callander to Killin to Crianlarich

Hamerr I tried to walk along part of that railway line towards Crianlarich a couple of years ago and couldn't walk it. Some of the bridges over rivers are gone and I ended up walking along the road to Crianlarich. It was horrible. I joined the railway at Ledcharrie having walked over from Balquidder...
by papa smurf
Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:23 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Callander to Killin to Crianlarich
Replies: 6
Views: 3179

Re: Overnight parking

Yorjick I never took it that it was in any way critical nor was I trying to defend, merely trying to explain what goes through an officers head when wondering what to do next. You are right that people could not be relied upon to report their return on a database and panic bells could ring. I cannot...
by papa smurf
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:40 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Overnight parking
Replies: 15
Views: 5415

Re: Overnight parking

Oops. Probably should have used the word, objective instead of motto
by papa smurf
Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:32 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Overnight parking
Replies: 15
Views: 5415

Re: Overnight parking

Yorjick asked for a police officers opinion on this, I'm a recently retired one so I presume that counts. I personally don't leave a note or tell the police when I leave my car. Remember that fighting crime is only part of it and indeed Police Scotlands motto is 'keeping people safe'. Yes to some ex...
by papa smurf
Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:09 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Overnight parking
Replies: 15
Views: 5415

Re: Binoculars - Recommendations please.

Foxy I am no expert but I like being able to see things of interest when I'm out and about. Garyopolis suggests a monocular which I have been using for a couple of years now with mixed success. Yes light 60g and very small but not the best optically. I persevered for a while sticking to the small an...
by papa smurf
Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:05 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Binoculars - Recommendations please.
Replies: 8
Views: 5405

Re: Kintyre Way vs anything else

Frances Hi. I have walked a couple of sections of the Kintyre Way and driven along past various access points. I enjoyed the bits I did but so far have not been tempted to do the whole thing. It does go through forestry (not always a bad thing) and because Kintyre is almost an island you get great s...
by papa smurf
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:53 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Kintyre Way vs anything else
Replies: 5
Views: 2070

Re: wild camping

I agree with Mrs Santa there. What really bugs me is discarded paper tissues which seem to be strewn all over the place. I assume folk think they are biodegradable but its unsightly and still takes time to disappear. Leave nothing. Once you allow anything to be left, everything else is negotiable !
by papa smurf
Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:50 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: wild camping
Replies: 11
Views: 4255

Re: wild camping

Hi Mike lots of good advice and here is my tuppence worth. I'm assuming that you have day walking gear so you need to extend this. I would make categories and then you can think about what you need. Have a look at blogs on here particularly in the long distance section as a few folk including me inc...
by papa smurf
Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:39 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: wild camping
Replies: 11
Views: 4255

Re: walking west coast to east coast

Hi just noticed this and have given it a wee bit of thought. It is easy to understand the lure of a Coast to Coast route and there are plenty of opportunities but it needs lots of planning. Your chosen towns would make quite a wide crossing and certainly at the east, involve a lot of road walking. I...
by papa smurf
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:42 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: walking west coast to east coast
Replies: 11
Views: 4385

Re: Personal Locator Beacons

Thats a good point from the MRT perspective. There are two functions of a MRT. Search and rescue. If all works as it should; by activating a PLB you cut out the search and they come straight to the rescue so the whole thing is quicker. Saves the MRT from labour intensive and time consuming area sear...
by papa smurf
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Personal Locator Beacons
Replies: 16
Views: 8254

Re: Personal Locator Beacons

I got an Ocean Signal RescueME PLB for Christmas last year. I sail as well so its getting year round use. It is ludicrously small and you would never notice its there. I swithered and swayed about getting one but in the end decided £200 was fine for something I hope to never use. Imagine lying at th...
by papa smurf
Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:14 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Personal Locator Beacons
Replies: 16
Views: 8254
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