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Re: Need advice

I think camping right through the winter would be a very serious undertaking but from what you are saying you would fit the criteria for being a homeless family. Councils have a responsibility to help you. Try this link: https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/997/housing_advice/245/homelessness Not sugges...
by Colin1951
Sun Jun 26, 2022 6:23 pm
 
Forum: Say hello...
Topic: Need advice
Replies: 23
Views: 606

Re: The Perthshire Alps

What a beautiful set of pictures. You’ve created a wonderland amongst hills that are usually quite prosaic. Really enjoyed this, thank you for posting.
by Colin1951
Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Perthshire Alps
Replies: 8
Views: 999

Re: Mamores 10 - all ten in one day

Great report about a brilliant ultra day out. Your pictures and narrative brought back my own memories of the Ridge - mainly in late-winter condition - but I always did it in smaller chunks. Bit old to emulate you, now….
by Colin1951
Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Mamores 10 - all ten in one day
Replies: 18
Views: 6792

Re: Books

Everyone should read “Mountaineering in Scotland “ and “Undiscovered Scotland “ by WH Murray. Very old but an absolute classic. It doesn’t set out to be a humorous book but has some good wee touches. Also Tom Patey’s “One Man’s Mountains”. A bothy weekend with Patey must have been a riot! And I can’...
by Colin1951
Thu Jun 09, 2022 7:49 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Books
Replies: 19
Views: 1091

Re: Inov8 Roclite Pro G 400 boots

No experience of these but I have pair of roclite (280’s?) fell running shoes from about 15 years ago which are still absolutely fine and still getting a few outings each year. So Innov8 make good quality stuff - with the caveat that you can have light, or durable, but probably not both. I’d been lo...
by Colin1951
Wed May 04, 2022 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Inov8 Roclite Pro G 400 boots
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Ben More (Mull) by public transport

Good to see someone else looking at the map and picking a route away from the masses. I’d got this one tucked away for later on this year, it’s gratifying to see this!
by Colin1951
Tue May 03, 2022 9:18 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben More (Mull) by public transport
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Glenaffric

You can cycle easily from the car park to Strawberry Cottage and probably a bit further towards Coire Leachavie before it gets to be more bother than it’s worth. In the other direction, Strawberry Cottage to the youth hostel is very bouldery and unpleasant for a bike.
by Colin1951
Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:14 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Glenaffric
Replies: 12
Views: 1888

Re: Remote hiking issue

I got a signal (which announced itself with a phone call ) on the summit of Mam Sodhail so signals do exist, just quite hard to find. Also note that a text manages to get through with a mere fragment of signal.I don’t always take my phone, much to my wife’s annoyance, but even when I do I warn her t...
by Colin1951
Sat Apr 30, 2022 11:02 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Remote hiking issue
Replies: 32
Views: 2869

Re: things that have lasted

A canvas Berghaus 30 litre day sack which has faded beautifully from a militaristic green colour to an indescribable grey-green mud colour. Ice axe - too long & heavy; a multi coloured hat with axe pattern that my niece knitted me when she was 8 (so’s 40 this year) A very early merino baselayer ...
by Colin1951
Wed Apr 27, 2022 8:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: things that have lasted
Replies: 33
Views: 3151

Re: knee pain

Have a look at exercises for your lateral quads. Wee muscles that make a big difference to the stability of the knee. In the gym, look for the adductor/abductor (?) machine but read up about what you’re trying to do with it first!
by Colin1951
Wed Apr 27, 2022 7:57 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: knee pain
Replies: 20
Views: 1438

Re: First aid courses

It’s not clear where you live but Glasgow Climbing Centre do a mountain-specific first aid course, 2 days, compatible with the requirements of Mountain Training Scotland (I.e. for ML qualifications etc).
Alternatively you could Google Mountain-training, they’ll probably have a list of providers.
by Colin1951
Wed Apr 27, 2022 7:53 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: First aid courses
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: Car Parking Oban

I'd leave it in Tesco if I were you. That's what I always do. The cameras etc. are just a sham - any fines are not legally enforceable under Scottish Law. Or so I was reliably informed by the very friendly Oban traffic warden :D Not sound advice, that’s been tested in court - they are, unbelievably...
by Colin1951
Thu Mar 31, 2022 5:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Car Parking Oban
Replies: 20
Views: 1978

Re: River crossing

In my view, essentials for river crossing, if you can’t safely boulder hop - flip flops and walking poles.

In spate conditions - I just don’t. Either walk upstream or find another hill!
by Colin1951
Thu Mar 31, 2022 4:58 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: River crossing
Replies: 38
Views: 2593

Re: Booking Ferry to Mull

I was in Mull last November and certainly in the winter timetable we pre booked a specific ferry each way. However it appears that if you turn up early and there’s room, you can cross on a different ferry. Our return day sailings were disrupted by severe weather and we actually ended up on an earlie...
by Colin1951
Thu Mar 31, 2022 1:54 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Booking Ferry to Mull
Replies: 12
Views: 884

Re: Ben Macdui - Our first Winter Trip!

Great report and photo essay, you really capture how seriously you need to take your surroundings in those conditions. And Planet Hoth! Love it!😄
by Colin1951
Tue Feb 22, 2022 10:51 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben Macdui - Our first Winter Trip!
Replies: 4
Views: 1535
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