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Prescription hillwalking glasses

Hi folks, I usually wear glasses but tend not to on the hills just in case I crunch them/the general faff of them when the weather turns or steaming up when it's roasting. My short distance eyesight is fine for but it'd good to be able to pick out paths etc from much further away than I can just now...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Sun May 09, 2021 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Prescription hillwalking glasses
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: And my next question....walking poles

Black Diamond Trail Pro and Trail Trek both fall within that budget and are pretty decent. I've had both but would probably stick with the Trail Trek as I don't really see any advantage of the higher end ones other than they're a bit lighter. I only needed a second set because I didn't clean them an...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Sun May 09, 2021 5:09 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: And my next question....walking poles
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Strathfarrar four

You could do these four from the north. I was down Strathconnon yesterday and it's an hour from Inverness to the end of the glen. Would be a much bigger day, though.

But yes, the gate is a total pain in the a*** if you like to start your walks early.
by iain_atkinson_1986
Sun May 09, 2021 5:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Strathfarrar four
Replies: 19
Views: 398

Re: Strathfarrar circuit

It's half an hour to the Monar dam so 20 minutes sounds about right. Haven't done it myself but I've heard good things about the northern approach to these. Still a fair drive down Strathconnon but looks like it makes a more natural horseshoe route, i.e no road walk at the end. Plus it saves you the...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Mon May 03, 2021 7:42 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Strathfarrar circuit
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Beinn Mhanach - access

The Achallader approach will negate losing your wing mirror. You could also park just south of it at the Loch Lomond NP sign and due west of Beinn Odhar. Pick up the West Highland Way and then the path to Beinn Mhanach.
by iain_atkinson_1986
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:17 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Beinn Mhanach - access
Replies: 10
Views: 405

Re: Munros with 'meh' views...

Buachaille Etive Mor
by iain_atkinson_1986
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:13 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Munros with 'meh' views...
Replies: 17
Views: 640

Re: Ben Alder from Dalwhinnie on foot

I walked in Friday PM, camped then did all 6 and walked out on day 2. I had to stop about 100m from the car because I thought my calves were going to explode. :shock: If memory serves I started at Dalwhinnie at 3pm then got to Culra at half 6 or 7. Got up at 5am on the Saturday and was back at the t...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Tue Apr 27, 2021 12:53 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ben Alder from Dalwhinnie on foot
Replies: 21
Views: 1089

Re: So how busy was it?

Took a day off from the hills to do a road trip to Achmelvich with the other half (plus was knackered from two days on hills). Ben Wyvis car park looked heaving - would be surprised if folk weren't boxed in. Laybys full and cars on verges. Eastern Fannaichs also heaving but Inverlael looked like it ...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:15 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So how busy was it?
Replies: 42
Views: 3310

Re: So how busy was it?

Was two cars in the upper car park for the Grey Corries/Stob Ban/Innses/Lairig Leacach yesterday at 0800 and five when I came back at 1400. None at the lower one en route up and two en route back. I parked at Cour Bridge and walked in to avoid the track but it looked better than I remember. Creag Me...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Sat Apr 24, 2021 9:26 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So how busy was it?
Replies: 42
Views: 3310

Re: So how busy was it?

Car park at Strathan above Loch Arkaig was quiet enough today (as you'd hope on a Thursday) . Arrived this morning at half 7 just in case and there were only 3 other cars, all seemed to have camped. Only one other car had arrived by the time I was back. Happy to report the road out to it is as nuts ...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So how busy was it?
Replies: 42
Views: 3310

Re: Help! Stob Ban, Stob Choire Clairigh, Stob Coire an Laoi

The four munros took me about 9.5 hours in claggy conditions. Not sure if no views sped me up or slowed me down that day.

:lol:

I'm due a trip back down there soon for the Innses so would be good to hear if the track to past Corriechollie is still as atrocious.
by iain_atkinson_1986
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:00 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Help! Stob Ban, Stob Choire Clairigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Re: So how busy was it?

Busier than expected. Turned up at 0730 to the parking area at Loch Eigheach which was almost already full. Did Beinn Pharlagain, Sgor Gaibhre, Sgor Choinnich and Carn Dearg. Hills were actually quiet enough (though this route isn't very popular) - saw a group of five out and another one person late...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:08 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So how busy was it?
Replies: 42
Views: 3310

Re: Hills Open from Friday!!

General question! How are the conditions - pretty wintery still aren't they? Glas Bheinn above Kinlochleven had no snow on it whatsoever on Sunday but it's only 792m. Glen Coe, the Mamores, Grey Corries, through to Ben Alder range all had fairly substantial snow. A lot seemed to have fallen last we...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:20 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Hills Open from Friday!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1328

Re: Hills Open from Friday!!

Noooo!!!!

As a Highland resident I was hoping to get another couple of weeks in before the carnage. Ah well, it was nice whilst it lasted.

:lol:
by iain_atkinson_1986
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:37 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Hills Open from Friday!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1328

Re: Waterproof walking boots

Think most people on here will tell you to go to a shop and try them on... bit difficult at the moment but sizing can vary a fair bit between brands etc. Leather vs fabric is another issue too - leather will probably last longer but tend to be less comfy. Meindl Bhutans are very popular. I had a pai...
by iain_atkinson_1986
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Waterproof walking boots
Replies: 2
Views: 328
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