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Re: If you were about to ask about conditions....

Both sitting and standing glissades are a fine traditional practice and a key mountain skill to master.

On the other hand, glissading without an ice axe on a slope where you can't see the run out is a shortcut to significant disappointment.
by Michael Thomson
Tue May 12, 2015 11:52 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: If you were about to ask about conditions....
Replies: 10
Views: 2855

Re: Sleeping Bag & Liner

The PipeDream is a great bag for the price.

I think taking a bivvy bag and a tent is overkill.
by Michael Thomson
Fri May 08, 2015 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Sleeping Bag & Liner
Replies: 9
Views: 2626

Re: Conditions on Liathach, Beinn Eighenext weekend

<wets finger and holds it in the air>

Plenty snow up there this week, but who knows by next weekend?

If you've got the kit, take it. Then decide on whether or not to leave it in the car when you're there and can see the conditions on the ground.
by Michael Thomson
Fri May 08, 2015 12:46 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Conditions on Liathach, Beinn Eighenext weekend
Replies: 1
Views: 850

Re: EC Technology 22400mah Power Pack

Monster overkill. 10k should be plenty for a week, unless you plan to be playing angry birds all day while walking.
by Michael Thomson
Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: EC Technology 22400mah Power Pack
Replies: 5
Views: 1442

Re: viewranger

I found the Powermonkey was ok for the power to weight ratio, but the tails are a weak point, regular flexing on them makes them fail and the bespoke nature means it costs to replace them. I've replaced it with a 15000mah Powergen job for £20 from Amazon. It will charge the phone for a week, so it's...
by Michael Thomson
Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:15 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: viewranger
Replies: 23
Views: 8285

Re: viewranger

The most flexible option is to buy map credit, then you can download maps by the tile, so you only get the bits you need and not a load of stuff you don't. To do that, just to to Options and Get Tiles.
by Michael Thomson
Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:13 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: viewranger
Replies: 23
Views: 8285

Re: Delamination of Goretex

There's a whole bunch of factors to consider regarding delamination. Contamination with body oils may impact membrane performance, but it won't cause delamination itself. You need to also consider usage primarily, along with storage, abrasion, compression and cleaning. When it comes to longevity, yo...
by Michael Thomson
Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Delamination of Goretex
Replies: 5
Views: 9015

Re: A question for the photographers....

If you're using an HS10, you'll struggle. Wide open it's 2.8 at the wide end, which is ok but ain't that quick for indoor night stuff. The noise at ISO6400 is brutal on that sensor too, so you'll be struggling. If the lighting rigs are good you might get some opportunities at stage shots if you're l...
by Michael Thomson
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:08 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A question for the photographers....
Replies: 32
Views: 8899

Re: Great Bivvy locations......any suggestions??

Far too numerous to single some out. Summits of the bigger hills are good, summits of smaller hills often better because they have good views of the big hills. Wild coires are good for a bit of atmosphere too. Mix it up a bit. I tend to be in a tent, but a few that I've enjoyed summit bivvies on: Be...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:25 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Great Bivvy locations......any suggestions??
Replies: 6
Views: 2351

Re: Sleeping Bag Liners

StevenF wrote:Same reason why if you are cold and enter a warm room you'll heat up faster without clothes on :-)


I find this to be a great icebreaker at new year parties.
by Michael Thomson
Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:46 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Sleeping Bag Liners
Replies: 15
Views: 5521

Re: What magazine to get?

Trail is good if you enjoy hyperbole overload, they're kind like the print equivalent of buzzfeed clickbait headlines. "The 10 most deathly horrendous mountain experiences ever!!!!!" "14 skills that will make you a mountain god!!!!" "The day I almost died on the pap of Glenc...
by Michael Thomson
Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:45 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: What magazine to get?
Replies: 14
Views: 3624

Re: Scrambling Rack

If I take people out who are less confident and it's grade 3 or maybe Mod, I'll take either a 20m rope depending on the route, along with a half a set of nuts and a couple of long slings. It's plenty for setting up a quick belay if the need arises. If I know it's a long and committing route, then I'...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Scrambling Rack
Replies: 4
Views: 2358

Re: Solo tents - TN Laser Comp,Telemark Nordisk or Akto

I've used a Laser Photon and a Laser Comp in some wild winter conditions and they've held up ok. BassCadet is bang on, getting the pole stabilised is key. The cover's not just to keep the rain off the pole, it's critical for guying. In fact, most of the solo tents I have a single pole arrangements a...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Solo tents - TN Laser Comp,Telemark Nordisk or Akto
Replies: 24
Views: 16555

Re: Integrated Walking Pole + Tripod - 4th Year University P

Worth keeping an eye on TrailPix, which is a pretty interesting way to do it
by Michael Thomson
Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:58 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Integrated Walking Pole + Tripod - 4th Year University Proje
Replies: 10
Views: 3146

Re: Arrochar / Glenloin Caves

Head up the Succoth road. Pass the shooting club, and they're up on the left. The sound of the waterfall will guide you. There are two large caves, the upper requires some scrambling ability to get to. Go through the squeeze at the back to get to an underground loch. There's dozens of other smaller ...
by Michael Thomson
Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Arrochar / Glenloin Caves
Replies: 3
Views: 2304
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