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Beinn a' Bhuird via Glen Quoich question

Last time I was up Glen Quoich the path was washed away at a point about 3km up the glen. This was last summer. Does anyone know the current condition of the path and whether it is possible to take mountain bikes past this point? Just looking at a plan B for the weekend (plan A is to camp up at the ...
by Ben Nachie
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:16 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Beinn a' Bhuird via Glen Quoich question
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: Good Munro For Beginner Close To Aberdeen?

Might I suggest that the OP joins a local Hillwalking or mountaineering club in order to gain some experience and lessen the risk of coming to grief? There are several to choose from in Aberdeen. It's a great way to safely learn hillcraft.
by Ben Nachie
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:31 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Good Munro For Beginner Close To Aberdeen?
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Re: Belts.

You would need to spend a few quid to buy one from McRostie https://www.mcrostie.co.uk/product-category/belts/mens-belts/ but their belts are gorgeous. They will also make belts individually to fit if you need a non standard option. My DH was so taken with mine that he bought one of their ready mad...
by Ben Nachie
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:28 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Belts.
Replies: 9
Views: 729

Re: Ring of steall with dog

Unless the river is in spate you can usually splosh across it a short distance upstream from the bridge. You could probably carry your dog across without much bother. You may want to take your socks/boots off to cross the river as I've found it generally above boot height. If you do need to use the ...
by Ben Nachie
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:29 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ring of steall with dog
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: Good Munro For Beginner Close To Aberdeen?

Most of the White Mounth hills, the Glen Shee hills and some of the southern Cairngorms are accessible as day walks from Aberdeen. Mount Keen is straightforward but best tackled with the aid of a bicycle if approached from the north. I'd suggest some of the Glen Shee hills. Càrn an Tuirc and Cairn o...
by Ben Nachie
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:39 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Good Munro For Beginner Close To Aberdeen?
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Re: FIONN BHEINN

You have over 8 hours between those two trains. Plenty of time to climb Fionn Bheinn. In fact, you could climb it twice in that time. :lol:
by Ben Nachie
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:29 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: FIONN BHEINN
Replies: 8
Views: 741

Re: Plantar Fasciitis

I had plantar fasciitis a couple of years ago and found that there are two approaches to treating it, but the first step is common to both, and unfortunately it is to rest your feet as much as possible until the foot or feet have healed. This could take several months and unfortunately means no hill...
by Ben Nachie
Thu May 30, 2019 8:56 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Plantar Fasciitis
Replies: 17
Views: 1172

Re: how far can you cycle past Bynack More towards Loch Etch

I was there last weekend, wishing I had taken my bike, and noted that you could cycle to the bridge over the Nethy. A bike would probably be more bother than it's worth beyond that.
by Ben Nachie
Mon May 27, 2019 7:18 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: how far can you cycle past Bynack More towards Loch Etchacan
Replies: 5
Views: 430

Re: White Mounth Munros - Drinking water

There's reliable water at the Fox Cairn Well (grid ref 263 857), good for filing up with drinking water for the final pull up the steep section to follow, assuming you are going anticlockwise. If travelling clockwise, the last reliable water is at the head of Loch Muick. Other than that, it will be ...
by Ben Nachie
Thu May 23, 2019 12:01 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: White Mounth Munros - Drinking water
Replies: 6
Views: 651

Re: West Highland Way and Steall Falls

*Snip* The route suggested by Dopeyloser is a good option also though the path shown on the map into Glen Nevis below Binnein Beag is hard to follow on the ground and goes in the wrong direction in general. It's a far easier route but not as good as the route over the tops. Another thing to conside...
by Ben Nachie
Thu May 23, 2019 6:52 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: West Highland Way and Steall Falls
Replies: 14
Views: 908

Re: Tent question

I don't own either tent but do own Terra Nova Laser Comps (1&2), which are the expensive versions of the Zephyros, so I can only talk generally, not about the details. I think the Laser Comp are great little tents, the one man being perfectly big enough and weatherproof enough for me. For me, we...
by Ben Nachie
Sat May 18, 2019 8:55 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Tent question
Replies: 10
Views: 1692

Re: West Highland Way and Steall Falls

What about up the Ben by tourist path, down CMD arete to the route across to Aonach Mor ( this is the bit I HAVEN'T done), down Coire Giubhsachan (which I've walked UP to from Steall Meadows ) into Glen Nevis, and then out past the falls... A long day, but feasible? I've seen people take that route...
by Ben Nachie
Sun May 12, 2019 11:48 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: West Highland Way and Steall Falls
Replies: 14
Views: 908

Re: Waterproof trousers for a short gal

jmarkb wrote:
Ben Nachie wrote:Also, the gaiters and rain skirt idea is actually not a bad one.


I can see this working in wet but fairly calm conditions, not sure what it would be like in a Cairngorm gale!

True. It's more suited to low level long distance type of walks rather than high level summit bagging kind of walks.
by Ben Nachie
Wed May 01, 2019 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Waterproof trousers for a short gal
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: Waterproof trousers for a short gal

Are you planning on camping out during your trip or are you just doing day hikes and staying in accommodation overnight? If it's the latter, then you may not really need waterproof trousers unless you're the sort who goes out whatever the weather. Also, the gaiters and rain skirt idea is actually no...
by Ben Nachie
Wed May 01, 2019 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Waterproof trousers for a short gal
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: How to compute the length of a walk

I've never had a map measurer. I have always just estimated by counting grid squares!
by Ben Nachie
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:11 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to compute the length of a walk
Replies: 27
Views: 1206
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