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Re: Buffalo Special 6

I'm a Buffalo fanboy! My first item was the salopettes, bought in about 1991. I still have them! They were quickly followed by the shirt, good, mitts, and trousers. I also have a couple of their attempts at underwear. I wear my shirt generally when the temperature drops into the low single figures, ...
by Ben Nachie
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:08 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Buffalo Special 6
Replies: 10
Views: 1216

Re: Water Filtration

I use the Sawyer 24oz water bottle. I bought it for my other half but she refuses to use it! I have walked for over 30 years and never become ill through drinking unfiltered water, but since I now have the bottle, I use it. Perfect for a day walk, and useful for camping too, but a filter & bag w...
by Ben Nachie
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Water Filtration
Replies: 16
Views: 1484

Re: Crampon Bag

My crampon bag takes pretty much any size of crampon. It's nearly 30 years old so I dont know if similar designs are still available.
by Ben Nachie
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Crampon Bag
Replies: 12
Views: 838

Re: new backpacking tent advice

abs70 wrote:I've got a Laser comp 2 but find the head room rubbish and it's a bit fiddly to put up in a howling gale.

I can't really disagree with that!
by Ben Nachie
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: new backpacking tent advice
Replies: 21
Views: 2689

Re: new backpacking tent advice

Getting the right tent for you can be really tricky. My first tent was a Vango Hurricane Alpha. Great tent and I used it all year round. In retrospect I wish I'd got something lighter, like a Saunders Spacepacker. About ten years ago I bought a Terra Nova Laser Competition 1. Great wee tent for back...
by Ben Nachie
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:58 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: new backpacking tent advice
Replies: 21
Views: 2689

Re: Walking in Scotland in June 2019 - first time

You can walk and camp almost anywhere in the Scottish hills. In return, you have a responsibility to look after the land, wildlife, other hill users, and yourself. Full details here- https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot It can snow at any time on the mountain tops, however in June it is unlikely ...
by Ben Nachie
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:30 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Walking in Scotland in June 2019 - first time
Replies: 8
Views: 646

Re: How did you get in in 2018?

Well I might not have got up as many hills as I would have liked (I never do!), but I did get a new van, and my wee buddy has really take to the hills so I'm happy enough.
by Ben Nachie
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:21 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How did you get in in 2018?
Replies: 29
Views: 2191

Re: Bog Factor

mynthdd2 wrote:my best bog was on jura - almost totally immersed

I was walking through a forest on Jura when my companion suddenly disappeared up to his waist in bog. It was both funny and serious at the same time.
by Ben Nachie
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:05 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bog Factor
Replies: 9
Views: 934

Re: Crampon straps?

Caberfeidh wrote:
Ben Nachie wrote:I'm working on uses for meringue nests next.


The old red sandstone of Orkney has the consistency of digestive biscuits so maybe jam or peanut butter would help there...

Now you're just making me hungry...
by Ben Nachie
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Crampon straps?
Replies: 45
Views: 2797

Re: What gloves for painful cold fingers???

The combination of a layer that traps air next to the skin and a layer to prevent heat loss from of that layer is good. Also if there is no physical problem with circulation the usual cause for cold extremities is a lack of warmth in the blood going to the core organs. If ones extremities are getti...
by Ben Nachie
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:32 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: What gloves for painful cold fingers???
Replies: 22
Views: 2585

Re: Crampon straps?

Caberfeidh wrote:You're a genius. One of Charlie Barley's Stornoway Black Puddings would make an excellent deadman snow anchor too... :clap:

It's the ultralightweight backpacking ethos. Everything should be multi-purpose and as light as possible.

I'm working on uses for meringue nests next.
by Ben Nachie
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Crampon straps?
Replies: 45
Views: 2797

Re: Crampon straps?

Caberfeidh wrote:
Ben Nachie wrote:Another vote for the Scotch Ring


How do you feel about Scotch Eggs?

Egg Scotch #r.jpg

Poke a bootlace through the middle and hang from your harness. Once fully frozen they make quite a good alternative to a large hex. Thaw out in your sleeping bag overnight et voila- breakfast!
by Ben Nachie
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Crampon straps?
Replies: 45
Views: 2797

Re: What gloves for painful cold fingers???

Buffalo mitts. Nothing under them, nothing over them. Toasty hands at the cost of some dexterity. You can still use poles / axe with them though.
by Ben Nachie
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: What gloves for painful cold fingers???
Replies: 22
Views: 2585

Re: Crampon straps?

Another vote for the Scotch Ring
by Ben Nachie
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Crampon straps?
Replies: 45
Views: 2797

Re: Crampon straps?

jmarkb wrote:
Ben Nachie wrote:I believe that those crampons may have had a chain arrangement which utilised the hooks at the side.


I don't think that's a chain - just a lashup job with a bootlace!

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Ah! Can't beat a good bodge-job! :lol:
by Ben Nachie
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Crampon straps?
Replies: 45
Views: 2797
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