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Re: The Inevitable Plans for 2016 Thread

Had a good 2015 on the walking front. So for 2016, I'd add: Do my first munro with my wife Do my first munro with my son who'll be five in March (yes, he'll probably be in the rucksack seat for most of it!) Do some winter climbing Do some summer climbing with a friend, rather than a guide/instructor...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:11 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Inevitable Plans for 2016 Thread
Replies: 78
Views: 14144

Re: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots

Thanks prog - it's just the reduced insulation on the Raven which puts me off. I think they also do/did a Blackbird which might be the insulated version? That's not in Tiso though... Cracking price though for a B2 boot. I forgot to mention Scarpa Charmoz Pro GTX. My mate Andy, aka ''Flump'' on here ...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots
Replies: 24
Views: 14760

Re: Help a newbie?

Welcome :) The other thing you can (and should) do is cut out lifts. Take the stairs up and stairs down whenever you see them. They'll specifically target the same muscles and action you need for hillwalking (ascending and descending). You've had babies so I that may mean you still have a buggy, whi...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:52 pm
 
Forum: Say hello...
Topic: Help a newbie?
Replies: 4
Views: 1299

Re: Searching for a Photo...Part 2 and fun on SCNL

Loving those pictures - absolutely fab. Glencoe sunrise especially (even though my OCD is reaching for Lightroom to adjust the horizon ;))
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Searching for a Photo...Part 2 and fun on SCNL
Replies: 16
Views: 6274

Re: Suggested gear for the Munro novice?

Everyone has a different take on this, but here's my advice just in case you approach things in a similar way to me: Question: do you know you'll like it? If you're certain, then by all means spend £££s on stuff, otherwise give yourself the option of getting out without having sunk loads into an abo...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:19 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Suggested gear for the Munro novice?
Replies: 25
Views: 13997

Re: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots

I have found TNF - VERTO S4K GTX are fantastic. I wanted a scrambling/winter boot and these have fitted the bill nicely. They take a C1 or C2 crampon, but are not as rigid as a Scarpa Manta Pro, for example. Plus they are significantly lighter and far better for the longer days, especially the ''wa...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:53 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots
Replies: 24
Views: 14760

Re: Choice of Tents

How rocky is the surface you'll be pitching on? Is weight an issue? How large a two-man tent would you prefer? Is it going to be used in excessively windy environments? I can probably guess a lot of these answers (based on you wanting a geo) but understanding where you'll be using it will help guide...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Choice of Tents
Replies: 10
Views: 3142

Re: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots

I've done a few winters with B0/C1 which is the comfiest option for Munro bagging. Last winter I got B2 Manta Pro GTX and G12s and did some routes up to Grade 2. These are not as good for the walk in/out but better for the climbs, as you would expect. I imagine B3s are going to be pretty tough on l...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots
Replies: 24
Views: 14760

Re: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots

prog - I can't seem to edit that last post, but looking at the Tiso range, the Salewa is indeed a very interesting boot. If the flex system genuinely works and can convert the boot from a B3 to a B1 at the twist of the allen key, then it might just be the best of all worlds. Ok, it's a heavy boot (a...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:22 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots
Replies: 24
Views: 14760

Re: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots

I saw your post on ukc. B3 boots may push you over the edge on long walk ins. Yep they are warm but if you are on tracks it may get very uncomfortable. Some good deals on boots at the moment. I got some nice salewa b2 ones very cheap in tiso. Again though they were a joy to take off after walking a...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots
Replies: 24
Views: 14760

Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots

I'm after some first hand experience here. First some context: I currently walk in Scarpa SL Activ boots in both summer and winter. I love them, but I do suffer from cold feet in the winter, especially on multiday trips. Perhaps surprisingly, I've also found that despite having a stiff (for B1) sole...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Walking (not just climbing) in the latest B2/B3 boots
Replies: 24
Views: 14760

Loch Ossian two day winter expedition

My walking pal and I like to cram in as much variety to our walking trips as possible. Taking dinghies, bicycles and the like are "extras" which make our trips more uncertain in terms of outcome. Obviously we do everything we possibly can to stay safe, but we like rolling the dice a bit as...
by pjm1
Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:51 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Loch Ossian two day winter expedition
Replies: 9
Views: 4597

Re: Yet another 2-man tent discussion - help!

Well, thanks again for the recommendations. I ended up going with a Scarp 2 by Tarptent. It really is a wonderful piece of kit - seems well made, well-designed and apart from the seam-sealing, very little effort involved. Just back from a long weekend in Skye doing the south part of the Cuillin ridg...
by pjm1
Mon May 25, 2015 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Yet another 2-man tent discussion - help!
Replies: 20
Views: 17912

Re: All year round boots

I had my previous boots split on me on munro #2 (trip #1) a few years ago. Since then I've been walking in Scarpa SL Activs which are crampon compatible all-season boots. Well, all-season unless it's hot... in which case I wear some ultralight shoes, which are pretty much socks with a grippy sole. G...
by pjm1
Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:45 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: All year round boots
Replies: 7
Views: 4292

Re: Tarptent Scarp 2 - Seam Sealing

Any joy yet Foxy? I've just ordered mine (having originally decided on a Hilleberg Anjan) so looking forward to it coming in 2-3 weeks. I'm hoping the seam sealing exercise is... erm... "therapeutic" - that's what we say for stuff we don't really want to have to do, isn't it? Enjoy your te...
by pjm1
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:59 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Tarptent Scarp 2 - Seam Sealing
Replies: 56
Views: 17112
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