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Re: Good idea - BUT

Well done on finding an even less inviting way up Cairnsmore that me! I too thought it would be an easy wander after Craignell and instead found myself taking far longer than I'd expected, but at least I managed to avoid your trees. Perhaps they did you a favour because after the trees I found the h...
by McMole
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:00 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Good idea - BUT
Replies: 1
Views: 510

Scald Law before the ban!

Scald Law route s.jpg After watching a government spokesman on the TV telling me it was okay to drive a short distance to take my daily exercise I did just that, Twenty five minutes later parked with three other vehicles at a layby on the A702 I started up the path to Scald Law. I met one walker on...
by McMole
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:05 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Scald Law before the ban!
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Dumyat with a shower

A reasonable forecast and lack of hills for several months saw Jaywizz encouraging me out to the nearby Dumyat. Certainly much nearer than the Galloway hills that are top of my to-do list. Last time I'd climbed Dumyati from the car park at Blairlogie while Jaywizz had planned the less vertical appro...
by McMole
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Dumyat with a shower
Replies: 0
Views: 31

Sun and snow on the Kips

After what seemed like weeks of rain, Thursday dawned frosty but, as forecast, by late morning bright sunshine tempted me out to the Pentlands only a half hour drive away. The Kips route s.gif I started from Threipmuir car park with the intention of heading up Hare Hill to revisit the memorial at th...
by McMole
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:39 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Sun and snow on the Kips
Replies: 0
Views: 36

Bengairn and Bengray

The forecast for the weekend and later was looking dire. In comparison Wednesday looked almost dry with gentle breezes so an early start was planned to squeeze another two Galloway Marilyns into the lengthening day, but fate had other plans. At 7:30am I expected the slow start in the morning rush ho...
by McMole
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:08 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Bengairn and Bengray
Replies: 0
Views: 45

Re: Mountain Rescue in Scotland

You can add Tayside MRT to the other three.. The four are collectively iSMR (independent Scottish Mountain Rescue). There is no difference in what they do on the ground, but as you are discovering it does lead to difficulties if you want to easily talk to all of Scotland's 28 volunteer rescue teams....
by McMole
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:18 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mountain Rescue in Scotland
Replies: 4
Views: 537

A popular day in the Kilpatrick Hills

A good forecast on the Saturday demanded that I go walking on the Sunday. After contemplating the two and a half hour drive to a Marilyn or two west of Dumfries, I decided instead on a later start and shorter drive to Duncolm, a Marilyn just north of the Erskine Bridge. I reached there at about 10am...
by McMole
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A popular day in the Kilpatrick Hills
Replies: 0
Views: 63

Re: Measuring Ascent and Descent

There's another source of error if your GPS has a barometric altimeter. On a windy day the instantaneous pressure sensed by the barometer can vary wildly. As an example, when I climbed Beinn na h-Eaglaise in Torridon, height 736m, contour counting told me we climbed in total about 800m, but my Garmi...
by McMole
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:36 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Measuring Ascent and Descent
Replies: 24
Views: 982

A fine day for Cairnkinna and Fell Hills

After a week of depressing weather, Wednesday's forecast looked hopeful for Galloway. The Met Office predicted a 5% probability of precipitation most of the day for Moniaive, with some sun thrown in for good measure. Decision made, some essential pre-walk reading of reports by Fife Flyer and Inca th...
by McMole
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A fine day for Cairnkinna and Fell Hills
Replies: 0
Views: 178

A roundabout route for a Tump

New Year's Eve was an exceptionally fine day for a winter walk and too good to miss. There was bright sunshine all day in Glen Eagles with almost no wind and most wind turbines static. The temperature climbed (slightly) above freezing as I accompanied Jaywizz on another section of her skyline trek a...
by McMole
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:27 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A roundabout route for a Tump
Replies: 0
Views: 69

Re: Hard hat, goggles and machete required

A very useful report as I'm planning to visit Fleet of Fell some time soon. I was thinking of taking my bike and reading your account has confirmed it would be a good idea.. I'll first make a special study of Google and Bing's aerial views so I can avoid battling with the trees, though you do appear...
by McMole
Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:41 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Hard hat, goggles and machete required
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Re: 3 Wee Yins and more jungle photo's

From your photos there looks to have been more felling since Jaywizz and I visited Woodhead Hill in May 2018. We had no stretches of felled forest or dense foliage to arrive at the same mountain bike trail and sign as you. Like you we left it to head for the summit and took what turned out to be an ...
by McMole
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:27 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: 3 Wee Yins and more jungle photo's
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Wether Hill, Galloway

The first available day with a good dry forecast for a fortnight tempted me south to a few miles west of Moniaive with Wether Hill in my sights. It was a straightforward two-hour twenty-minute drive with the temperature sub-zero all the way and dipping down to minus seven celsius. Wether route s.gif...
by McMole
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wether Hill, Galloway
Replies: 0
Views: 53

A fine day for Craiglee

With daylight hours shortening by the day I took the forecast of a dry day as an opportunity to do one of the longer walks on my wish list. Longer because of the distance I had to drive rather than how far I had to walk. From near Edinburgh to Bruce's Stone by Loch Troon took almost three hours driv...
by McMole
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:15 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A fine day for Craiglee
Replies: 0
Views: 68

Innerdownie

Innerdownie route ss.gif A 10:10 start from the Glen Sherup car park saw us on a frozen summit in about 1:40 hours. The first 3km were along a good forest road to reach a cairn that marked a well travelled fire-break straight through the forest for 300m to a gate to the open hillside. P1030934 s.JP...
by McMole
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Innerdownie
Replies: 0
Views: 59
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