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Re: Ticks

There are now permethrin-impegrated clothes available. Not many of these are suitable for Scottish hill conditions (their target market is trekking) but for a few years now I've worn Rohan permethrin socks over my normal boot socks. They're very light and stretchy, so don't affect the fit. I always ...
by ChrisButch
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:24 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ticks
Replies: 21
Views: 726

Re: arthritis

In my case it's osteoarthritis in the neck. Now the bones have fused, the issue isn't so much pain but the fact that it's given me a permanently stooped posture. This has fundamentally affected balance - centre of gravity has moved forward, so I'm no longer footsure on steep ground . It's meant more...
by ChrisButch
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: arthritis
Replies: 16
Views: 820

Re: Foot care on wet trails

I've always found that after a hard day, washing the feet in the stream, followed by walking on the grass while pottering around the tent always did wonders for foot care - provided, of course, that the location is suitable!. As for camp or hut shoes - the best I ever had were improvised by simply g...
by ChrisButch
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:32 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Foot care on wet trails
Replies: 12
Views: 572

Re: Winter homework/memory spurtle

prog99 wrote:Interesting , it'll cover areas they don't have on their map series.

Apparently the excerpts in the book are from sheets which have yet to be published. Yes, I hadn't realised before this that Harveys were anywhere near covering every Munro.
by ChrisButch
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Winter homework/memory spurtle
Replies: 6
Views: 445

Winter homework/memory spurtle

I've recently bought Harvey's newly-published single-volume collection of 1:40000 or 1:25000 maps of all the Munro summits. Clever idea. Compulsive browsing in the loo or anywhere/anytime away from the hills. https://www.harveymaps.co.uk/acatalog/The-Munros--The-Complete-Collection-of-Maps-MBOKMU.ht...
by ChrisButch
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:30 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Winter homework/memory spurtle
Replies: 6
Views: 445

Re: Some help for the cyclists among us!

Just one oddity about the relationship between cycling and hillwalkng fitness. i've always found that if I'm cycling fit I can be reasonably sur of being hillwalkng fit. (And by cycling fit, I mean the abliity to ride hilly 100-mile audaxes etc). But it doesn't work the other way round. When I've co...
by ChrisButch
Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:35 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Some help for the cyclists among us!
Replies: 15
Views: 1381

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: 533

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: 330

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: 762

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: 3533

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: 4599

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: 4599

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: 1436

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: 1436

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: 1436
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