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Re: backpacking training in the current climate

Even doing a low level walk with a full pack helps :) Doesn't need to be a Munro!
by Essan
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:42 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: backpacking training in the current climate
Replies: 19
Views: 1059

Re: Down Quilt Problem

Just seen this as been away for a few months and internet connections been lousy. Theres no problem here. This basic quilt has continuous baffles. You can shake all the down to the top or base or where ever you want it. Thats the beauty of this quilt. Most higher spec' quilts have independent baffl...
by Essan
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:38 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Down Quilt Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 729

Re: Loch Pattack Bridge Destroyed (Ben Alder Estate)

The Estate would rather people didn't try and cross it in its current condition as doing may well cause further damage - at present it's repairable.
by Essan
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:07 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Loch Pattack Bridge Destroyed (Ben Alder Estate)
Replies: 19
Views: 1152

Loch Pattack Bridge Destroyed (Ben Alder Estate)

Ben Alder Estate have advised that the footbridge across the Chaoil Reidhe, where it enters Loch Pattack, has been wrecked by winter floods and can no longer be used. It may be a while before the Estate can get it replaced. However, the bridge further upsteam, near the former Culra bothy is still in...
by Essan
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:06 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Loch Pattack Bridge Destroyed (Ben Alder Estate)
Replies: 19
Views: 1152

Re: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter

Not as though any one book is the only place to find out about Peanmeanach ;)

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/peanmeanach.shtml
by Essan
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:11 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter
Replies: 62
Views: 3401

Re: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter

I'm guessing it would have become a problem anyway whether "the book" existed or not. The estate can have no way of knowing the book has caused the present problems. :? The reason the Estate think it's all down to one specific book is because someone told them that was the case. There is ...
by Essan
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:08 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter
Replies: 62
Views: 3401

Re: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter

There’s a fair few interesting points raised here – especially Nigheandonn’s musings on the possibility of the MBA taking their roof with them when they go – but, despite the obvious concerns about inconsiderate behaviour by some bothy users, the key issue for me remains that, while a legal right t...
by Essan
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:27 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter
Replies: 62
Views: 3401

Re: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter

crfishwick wrote:
Giant Stoneater wrote:Don't forget the Tarf Hotel which you would consider remote had the sleeping platforms burnt in 2018 so all bothies are not immune from idiots..


Was that deliberate or a fool leaving a fire or something lit?



Sawn up and burnt on the fire
by Essan
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:44 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter
Replies: 62
Views: 3401

Re: Car Parks

It's always worth mentioning to the local Police, if you can find them, and say that it's your car that's left wherever( if remote overnight) so it doesn't cause concern if someone reports it thinking you've gone missing. A note stating your route and that someone knows to raise an alarm should you...
by Essan
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:48 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Car Parks
Replies: 13
Views: 1266

Re: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter

Hi Essan, sorry to hear about Peanmeanach. :( I hear the MBA are considering / looking into opening another bothy on the peninsula. Do you know about this and is it at Port an t-Sluichd? I was wondering whats to stop the same thing repeating itself. Do you think the ease of access by the canoe type...
by Essan
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:42 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter
Replies: 62
Views: 3401

Re: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter

I am quite certain that if the MBA had been able to assure the owner that no more trees would be chopped down, visitors would all carry out their litter, they would not leave excrement on open view around the ruins of buildings that were the homes to parents and grandparents of many people living ar...
by Essan
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:11 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter
Replies: 62
Views: 3401

Re: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter

In the words of the maintenance organiser for Peanmeanach, the bothy had become "unsustainable". This is not a recent thing but the result of a slow, but steady increase in usage over the past 2 decades, with large groups of kayakers becoming increasingly regular visitors in recent years a...
by Essan
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:01 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Peanmeanach bothy to close as an open shelter
Replies: 62
Views: 3401

Re: deepest peat bog

Deepest I've fallen in was waist deep. But I was on my own, in a blizzard, near Corrour (the bog was hidden by a few inches of snow) Obviously I got out and after reaching the bothy and having a brew up I was fine :) A friend of mine had a similar waist deep fall walking to Strabeg bothy (from the s...
by Essan
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:10 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: deepest peat bog
Replies: 31
Views: 1696

Re: Winter - how did you learn?

I read books about other people's experiences, and advice on what equipment I needed and how to use it. Bearing in mind this was the 1980s and I lived in Suffolk; no internet, no-one local offering courses, and local walking groups were more interested in rambling along the Deben and would baulk at ...
by Essan
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:39 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Winter - how did you learn?
Replies: 26
Views: 1475

Re: What3Words app

In Switzerland we use a MR app (REGA) that will send the location taken by the phone gps directly to MR. Is there nothing similar in the UK? Yes, MRTs use SARLOC which can locate you based on a GPS signal from your phone (I don't know the technical details of how it works though) Edit: as Dave, abo...
by Essan
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:35 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What3Words app
Replies: 34
Views: 1644
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