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Re: What's in your bag?

Maybe you tell us what was in your pack and we can help decide on weight saving options? On the first pass I'd say lose the tinned wet food, minimise the carried water (if you can't find water in the Galloway hills you're doing something wrong) For a single overnighter one gas canister should be amp...
by Michael Thomson
Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:43 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: What's in your bag?
Replies: 7
Views: 2102

Re: Cameron McNeish on the rubbish in Glen Etive

Some people are just selfish arseholes who don't think or care about the consequences of what they are doing.
Having to legislate for that is a problem across all areas of society, not just camping.
by Michael Thomson
Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:22 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cameron McNeish on the rubbish in Glen Etive
Replies: 22
Views: 7231

Re: Cairngorms advice

It's achievable, I've done it from Glenmore lodge, taking the nethy route over bynack more, dropped down to the fords of Avon and the up the back of beinn mheadoin. On that occasion I went from there down to Loch Avon and round the north side to head back down Strath Nethy, but was a bit of a trudge...
by Michael Thomson
Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:58 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Cairngorms advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1069

Re: Peter Macfarlane becomes new Walkhighlands' gear editor

Great news, Pete really knows his stuff, and his banter will be a welcome addition to the forums!
by Michael Thomson
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:37 am
 
Forum: Walkhighlands announcements and feedback
Topic: Peter Macfarlane becomes new Walkhighlands' gear editor
Replies: 1
Views: 1266

Re: How to reproof deluge trousers?

Nikwax stuff can help, but it'll never be the same as factory applied DWR. Most of the issues with waterproofs are around expectation. The marketing cobblers is just that. It's easy to stay dry if you don't move, it's the combination of external and internal moisture that is the problem, particularl...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: How to reproof deluge trousers?
Replies: 11
Views: 6076

Re: Questions from a novice hiker.

Plenty of choice for lightweight mids with some mesh in the upper. They'll give you ankle support without the weight penalty and breathability issues of a big boot. Don't go full mesh, that has it's own problems, but looks for something that fits the middle ground. If you wear trail shoes your ankle...
by Michael Thomson
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Questions from a novice hiker.
Replies: 9
Views: 2609

Re: Questions from a novice hiker.

Socks, one of my favourite topics! Merino's exceptionally popular because a lot of people think it's a wonder fabric, which means that the sock manufacturers can hike the price and shift them by the bucketload, but when it comes to performance there are some issues. Firstly, merino fibres absorb moi...
by Michael Thomson
Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:52 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Questions from a novice hiker.
Replies: 9
Views: 2609

Re: Beginner Walking/Hiking equipment

The key essentials are footwear that actually fits, a relatively rain and wind resistant jacket, and a bag to put your sandwiches in. If you're not going with some experienced people then a map and compass and the ability to use them is also recommended. Everything else stems from there. No point in...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Beginner Walking/Hiking equipment
Replies: 27
Views: 8452

Re: Dealing with Tics - new advice

Suffocating the tick will result in it disgorging it's stomach contents into your bloodstream when it disengages. This is generally reckoned to increase your chances of contracting Lyme disease. If you don't want to use tweezers, use a dedicated tick removal tool. The little buggers are particularly...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:10 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dealing with Tics - new advice
Replies: 25
Views: 6716

Re: Trying to find directions/pics for great gully buttress

It's an alright route, but North Buttress is better!
by Michael Thomson
Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:39 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Trying to find directions/pics for great gully buttress
Replies: 5
Views: 1504

Re: Jacket/smock

You should always carry a wild boar. I learned all I know about survival in the wilds from Asterix and Obelix.
by Michael Thomson
Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:04 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Jacket/smock
Replies: 11
Views: 4579

Re: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

It varies from sample to sample, but Copper Spur is around 1.3kg and the Power Lizard is 1.5kg.

Trail weight normally means they've left the stuff and storage sacks behind along with the pegs.
by Michael Thomson
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
Replies: 9
Views: 6165

Re: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

I'd say the Vaude is more robust for extending it beyond the standard 3 seasons, mainly due to the amount of mesh on the Copper Spur and that flying pole arrangment is a little less stable in strong wind. If you double guy the power lizard it really is a solid tent. The Scarp 2 is also a fine tent a...
by Michael Thomson
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
Replies: 9
Views: 6165

Re: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

The copper spur is a fine tent and will easily fit the two of you. You get the benefit of twin porches for storage too. I've only had one night in one, but I really liked it. The only thing is there is a lot of mesh in the inner so it gets chilly in cold or windy weather. The Power Lizard is my favo...
by Michael Thomson
Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
Replies: 9
Views: 6165

Re: Highlands weather in June

The historical data for Fort William show that the temp range is June is 8 to 17 degrees C, with an average of 12.6 and it rains on average 14 days of the month.

Plan for rain and you'll be pleasantly surprised when it's dry.
by Michael Thomson
Tue May 27, 2014 11:52 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Highlands weather in June
Replies: 5
Views: 1456
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