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Re: Cycling version of Cape Wrath trail

Long before mountain bikes were 'invented' in California in the 1980s, 'rough-stuff cyclists', as they used to call themselves, had been exploring he glens and passes of the Highlands - indeed cyclists were prominent in the development of the MBA. I still have a box full of the magazine of the Rough...
by ChrisButch
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:12 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cycling version of Cape Wrath trail
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: Routes in southwest Lewis

The stretch of coast south of Mealasta is actually pretty good going, and very fine. There are excellent routes from there eastward up to the Uig hills, again mostly good going underfoot.
by ChrisButch
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:37 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Routes in southwest Lewis
Replies: 11
Views: 259

Re: Eagle in trouble, Crathie area (Eastern Cairngorms)

No need to ban all grouse shooting. It's driven shooting which causes the problems. Most of them would disappear with walk-up shooting, which is already happening on some of the more enlightened estates: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/11/highland-estates-swap-driven-for-walked-up-grous...
by ChrisButch
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:01 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Eagle in trouble, Crathie area (Eastern Cairngorms)
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Re: Which way would you go

Affric currently a mess because of hydro works anyway..
by ChrisButch
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:07 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which way would you go
Replies: 26
Views: 3331

Re: How has hillwalking changed?

One incidental benefit of modern gear, specifically clothing, is that it enables you to continue hillwalking to a greater age. If at my age I was still limited to the Hebden Cord breeches, wool shirts and Blacks cotton cagoule of my youth, I simply wouldn't be able to do it. Then I could ignore or o...
by ChrisButch
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:15 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How has hillwalking changed?
Replies: 63
Views: 4250

Re: How has hillwalking changed?

One of the biggest differences from, say, the early 1970s was the almost complete absence of sources of advice and information. The only guidebooks for the Highlands were the SMC area guides, which were hard to get hold of outwith Scotland, and not very practicable on the hill. There was the inimita...
by ChrisButch
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:10 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How has hillwalking changed?
Replies: 63
Views: 4250

Re: wild camping in Norway

There are several reasons why the risk of Giardia in the Norwegian mountains is vanishingly small. The population is small, and most of it is concentrated in the Oslo area: but the area of high ground is vast. There are no resident human populations above c. 1000m (which is roughly the altitude of m...
by ChrisButch
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:30 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: wild camping in Norway
Replies: 28
Views: 1096

Re: wild camping in Norway

Yes.No.
by ChrisButch
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:42 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: wild camping in Norway
Replies: 28
Views: 1096

Re: wild camping in Norway

Probably the best bet would be the Trollheimen area, accessed from Oppdal which is the first town on your main route back south. With a bit of planning you might manage to get up Snota, the main top - a beautiful climb. Maps are Trollheimen Nord and Trolleheimen Sor, 2827 and 2828 in the 1:50000 Tur...
by ChrisButch
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:45 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: wild camping in Norway
Replies: 28
Views: 1096

Re: wild camping in Norway

Although, as has been said, wild camping is legal anywhere except on cultivated ground and within 150m of buildings, the brilliant hut system run by DNT (Den Norske Turistforening) in all the main mountain areas often makes camping unnecessary; and few Norwegians bother to camp except in the more re...
by ChrisButch
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:51 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: wild camping in Norway
Replies: 28
Views: 1096

Re: Carnach Bridge (Knoydart)

The reason for the bridge is that someone was drowned there. There are additional reasons for the new bridge. It will be a much more substantial structure than the old one, as it's designed to carry the estate's ATVs as well as walkers - and that in turn explains why it's taken so long to get to th...
by ChrisButch
Sat May 18, 2019 1:06 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Carnach Bridge (Knoydart)
Replies: 19
Views: 2964

Re: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?

Thanks for the info. I've always thought of Jotunheimen as the Scottish highlands scaled up. If I go I think I will start with a guided walking holiday, I'm not sure I feel confident about organising every logistic myself and/or winging it. It is much easier to do that in Scotland with no language ...
by ChrisButch
Thu May 16, 2019 8:36 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?
Replies: 11
Views: 529

Re: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?

you feel more remote than in Scotland, and aware of how small you are in a big landscape where few people go. Not sure I agree with that. It's certainly true of other areas further north: but in the Jotunheimen the hut network is so complete that you're never as far from a hut as you are from a roa...
by ChrisButch
Thu May 09, 2019 12:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?
Replies: 11
Views: 529

Re: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?

The similarities are greater than the differences. Underfoot you're rather more likely to find drier, shorter vegetation and more rock, except in the deeper forested valleys which can be slow going. If you're peak-bagging, you'll find extensive snow patches and neve at any time of the year, and if y...
by ChrisButch
Thu May 09, 2019 9:07 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?
Replies: 11
Views: 529

Re: For anyone heading to Corse for the GR20.

Yes, you wild camped anywhere - it was the only way you could keep to the route. It's a shame the Cirque de S will now be bypassed, since it was a highlight. And yes, that meant the route never strayed far off the main watershed, hence the virtual impossibility of restocking with food except where t...
by ChrisButch
Tue May 07, 2019 2:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: For anyone heading to Corse for the GR20.
Replies: 4
Views: 352
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