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Re: Alpkit Jura Smock

I've had one since early this year. I really like it. Not used it in heavy rain - I'm sure it would cope to a degree, but, I would chose a more dedicated waterproof if I know it was likely to rain a lot. I have used it in Baltic cold conditions with just a L/S tee shirt underneath. It was very comfo...
by Ben More
Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:23 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Alpkit Jura Smock
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Altra trail runners

I've used Altra Lone Peak 2's for the last 3/4 years. The first pair did me on the TGO Challenge - twice; as well as other backpacking trips and local day walking. They were retired as the tops were starting to fall to pieces and the soles were getting pretty thin. They were fine on all terrains and...
by Ben More
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Altra trail runners
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Re: Conditions to expect on Ben Macdhui in May

On 11 June 2009 I walked over Carn a'Mhalm, Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm. There was very little snow lying around, but there were very heavy snow showers, on Ben Macdui, which led to brief white outs. I remember there was a group getting instructions on navigation - ideal conditions for them. Back...
by Ben More
Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:50 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Conditions to expect on Ben Macdhui in May
Replies: 12
Views: 1405

Re: Beinn a Chrulaiste from Blackwater Dam

Thanks for the replies.

This had always looked a good route on paper. I'm expecting it to be pathless for long stretches; I was hoping someone had been this way at some time. I guess water supply will be a factor to consider.

I will be going that way in May: I guess I'll find out then. :wink:
by Ben More
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:08 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Beinn a Chrulaiste from Blackwater Dam
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Beinn a Chrulaiste from Blackwater Dam

In May, my plan is to camp at the southern end of Blackwater Dam and climb Beinn a Chrulaiste ...... then walk East keeping high until dropping down to Rannoch Station.

Has anyone approached Beinn a Chrulaiste this way and got any comments on the route?
by Ben More
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:18 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Beinn a Chrulaiste from Blackwater Dam
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Ticks

I have yet to get a tick - after 25 years of walking/backpacking in Scotland, including over 200 Munros and a few TGOC crossings. I know I have been lucky - given I'm not always that disciplined to check each evening. All the advice about long trousers etc is good. In the last couple of years I have...
by Ben More
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:25 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ticks
Replies: 21
Views: 2712

Re: Walking poles

I agree with the comments - don't get twist lock poles and forget about shock absorbing poles. FWIW I've had a pair of Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork walking poles for 10 + years. They have been used and abused for walking and shelter support and have never let me down. There may be cheaper/lighte...
by Ben More
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:17 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking poles
Replies: 11
Views: 2316

Re: PLB - The perennial discussion.

I know quite a few folk who have Spot Location devices, or similar. Most use them for Social Hiking (the App). And for sending messages back - saying OK. They have other function, I think. I was always put off by the high initial cost and the need for a yearly contract. I got my rescueME PLB last ye...
by Ben More
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:43 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: PLB - The perennial discussion.
Replies: 21
Views: 3938

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