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Re: Drones

If used responsibly, they can be used to create stunning flybys of outstanding scenery, like this footage of Suliven.... The low lying rugged landscape covered in lochs, with the hill poking up has been captured brilliantly. It looks very much like a localised region of hard rock that has been put ...
by ChrisButch
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:56 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Drones
Replies: 82
Views: 13692

Re: Scafell from Mickledore

A few years ago there was a partial collapse of the gendarme just above the start of the west wall traverse, and I know the local MR team were advising against using it because of the high risk of further rockfall. I don't know whether this is still the case. If it's now accessible again, that route...
by ChrisButch
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:48 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Scafell from Mickledore
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: Finding a pitch in areas of long tussocky grass

When looking for a site high in the hills, I used to examine the map closely for any points in a stream valley where gaps between contour lines temporarily widen, indicating a levelling off of the slope. These are the most likely places to find small areas of shorter grass, since they often indicate...
by ChrisButch
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:27 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finding a pitch in areas of long tussocky grass
Replies: 16
Views: 1010

Re: Another geology question

Yes, there's a continuous (very slow!) process of plates coming together to form supercontinents, then breaking apart again, but breaking along different lines than the previous join. Thus the far northwest of Scotland was originally part of what's now the North American + Greenland continent. When ...
by ChrisButch
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:16 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Another geology question
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: Another geology question

Apart from glaciation etc already mentioned, it's useful to know that the Highlands are made up of three quite distinct slices of the earth's crust, which were at one time far apart, formed in quite different ways with different rocks, and were only subsequently sandwiched together. These chunks all...
by ChrisButch
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:55 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Another geology question
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: Tick / cleg repellant

Just on the environmental risks of permethrin - I've come to the conclusion that the damage to a watercourse by momentary contact with a dry permethrin-impregnated garment isn't going to add significantly to the damage I do, unwittingly, every time I walk in the hills by crushing legions of inverteb...
by ChrisButch
Sat May 30, 2020 7:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tick / cleg repellant
Replies: 18
Views: 1197

Re: Magnetic north

The adjusting for the difference between grid and mag used to be standard procedure but now in some parts of the UK the difference is so small it can be ignored. Perhaps now the procedure will be find the magnetic variation before you set out and decide if it is worth bothering with. Dave A couple ...
by ChrisButch
Sun May 17, 2020 8:35 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Magnetic north
Replies: 9
Views: 620

Re: Stay at home

Interesting contrast between the positions of different National Parks. Taking advantage of the new 'liberation', this morning I went up for a round on Exmoor (which is last than an hour's drive anyway). I passed through Tarr Steps, one of the main honeypots for carbound tourists on the Moor. There'...
by ChrisButch
Thu May 14, 2020 4:11 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 30584

Re: Stay at home

As regards the hill walking, it seems pretty clear to me that if I lived within day trip distance of the Lake District I would legally be allowed to go there for a hill walk - however car parks are still blocked off and the Cumbria tourist board is still saying stay away. As it stands though I live...
by ChrisButch
Tue May 12, 2020 1:46 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 30584

Re: The Rough Bounds Conundrum

There's a Knoydart-based boat which regularly drops off hillwalkers anywhere up Loch Nevis - for a price. (Iain wilson, the owner, also farms at Invergusersain and produces superb organic lamb and mutton!) https://www.visitknoydart.co.uk/activities https://www.visitknoydart.co.uk/activities This is ...
by ChrisButch
Fri May 08, 2020 12:49 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Rough Bounds Conundrum
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Stay at home

I try to be considerate of cyclists but I was annoyed at a pair of cyclists who decided to cycle side-by-side up the A82, trying to "own the road". I noticed in my mirror some fist-waving from them, for some reason. Occasionally I get told "but cycling two abreast is perfectly legal&...
by ChrisButch
Fri May 01, 2020 8:09 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 30584

Re: Stay at home

10 cyclists were killed during the first 3 weeks of lockdown: https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=136731 As on average there are c.100 fatalities annually, this total on roads with significantly less motorised traffic than usual does seem high, but of course it's too small a sample t...
by ChrisButch
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:13 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 30584

Re: Stay at home

Cycling does not have a very high risk of injury, the exercise benefits from cycling outweigh the risk of death and serious injury. Driving a car does not have a very high risk of injury either, my point was cycling is six times more dangerous than driving. I agree we should not abandon cycling, ho...
by ChrisButch
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:40 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 30584

Re: Isonod- a line joining equal altitudes above which ...

Surely there's a simple formula: 200 yards from the nearest car park?
by ChrisButch
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:01 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isonod- a line joining equal altitudes above which ...
Replies: 14
Views: 725

Re: the C word

Interesting development in Norway. Most Norwegians have a hut in the mountains, used for skiiing in winter and fishing in summer. In the last couple of weeks lots have headed off to their huts to hunker down in the way you suggest. But the Norwegian Government has told them to go home - simply becau...
by ChrisButch
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:21 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: the C word
Replies: 152
Views: 8266
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