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Re: Isonod- a line joining equal altitudes above which ...

Surely there's a simple formula: 200 yards from the nearest car park?
by ChrisButch
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:01 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isonod- a line joining equal altitudes above which ...
Replies: 14
Views: 752

Re: the C word

Interesting development in Norway. Most Norwegians have a hut in the mountains, used for skiiing in winter and fishing in summer. In the last couple of weeks lots have headed off to their huts to hunker down in the way you suggest. But the Norwegian Government has told them to go home - simply becau...
by ChrisButch
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:21 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: the C word
Replies: 152
Views: 8481

Re: Winter - how did you learn?

Another main source of guidance back in the 70s was Langmuir's 'Mountaincraft and Leadership', which remained in print, with many reprints and revisions, until quite recently. For a long time it was used (for all I know still is) as a textbook for trainee MLTB leaders.
by ChrisButch
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:53 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Winter - how did you learn?
Replies: 26
Views: 1359

Re: Winter - how did you learn?

Mostly trial and error, although I did once go on a winter skills course at Plas y Brenin, mostly memorable for the snowhole digging and for a free demo by an exhibitionist border collie of how to get up a Grade II gully at speed (but he did have the advantage of 4 built-in crampons). Also (much lat...
by ChrisButch
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:19 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Winter - how did you learn?
Replies: 26
Views: 1359

Re: 4 rescued from Ben Nevis today...

Interestingly I well remember during the many debates on the wearing of cycling helmets one view put forward was that the cyclist feels more protected and safer and is, therefore, likely to take more and greater risks in traffic. One wonders whether, were insurance to be made compulsory, some hillw...
by ChrisButch
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:56 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 4 rescued from Ben Nevis today...
Replies: 114
Views: 5189

Re: straying off paths

Getting over a deer fence is a highly specialized art. No doubt PhD theses have been written on the subject.
by ChrisButch
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:25 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: straying off paths
Replies: 26
Views: 1688

Re: Another ask from me sorry

Those Hawkins boots look remarkably well looked-after. Surely you must have had them resoled at some time? I can't see any boot you could buy today lasting another 30 years, alas.
by ChrisButch
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:56 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Another ask from me sorry
Replies: 15
Views: 836

Re: Gaelic terminology

by ChrisButch
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:02 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Gaelic terminology
Replies: 7
Views: 623

Re: Accurate Weather Forecast - Is there such a thing?

+1 for Windy - by far the best graphics.
by ChrisButch
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:32 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Accurate Weather Forecast - Is there such a thing?
Replies: 20
Views: 1053

Re: Accurate Weather Forecast - Is there such a thing?

The Norwegian state meteo service (yr.no) has been mentioned. One feature where it excels is the probability spread meteograms, towards the bottom of the long-term forecast for a location. These allow you to see instantly the relative likelihood of particular temperature and precipitation ranges for...
by ChrisButch
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:20 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Accurate Weather Forecast - Is there such a thing?
Replies: 20
Views: 1053

Re: The lake district

Those familiar with Bob Allen's now classic 'On High Lakeland Fells' can hardly fail to remember the two schnauzers, Henry and Freddy, which went with him on all the routes he describes (including a lot of scrambles, apparently) , and feature prominently in his photos. Although he does describe one ...
by ChrisButch
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:34 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The lake district
Replies: 15
Views: 775

Re: The lake district

As for Striding Edge itself,i'd personally give it a wide berth with the dog. That does rather depend on the dog. At the risk of thread drift, and I emphasise I'm not recommending this to the OP, some dogs are naturally better equipped than humans in tackling some kinds of snow and/or ice. I've see...
by ChrisButch
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:17 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The lake district
Replies: 15
Views: 775

Re: Linn of Quoich

I've only once used the (old) Linn of Quoich car park, but it led to one of my most memorable Highland wildlife encounters. As I drove in, it was deserted except for two hares, for whom it made the perfect boxing ring. They took no notice whatsoever of me or the car, but carried on jabbing away (ver...
by ChrisButch
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:01 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Linn of Quoich
Replies: 11
Views: 605

Re: Ticks

There are now permethrin-impegrated clothes available. Not many of these are suitable for Scottish hill conditions (their target market is trekking) but for a few years now I've worn Rohan permethrin socks over my normal boot socks. They're very light and stretchy, so don't affect the fit. I always ...
by ChrisButch
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:24 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ticks
Replies: 21
Views: 1109

Re: arthritis

In my case it's osteoarthritis in the neck. Now the bones have fused, the issue isn't so much pain but the fact that it's given me a permanently stooped posture. This has fundamentally affected balance - centre of gravity has moved forward, so I'm no longer footsure on steep ground . It's meant more...
by ChrisButch
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: arthritis
Replies: 16
Views: 1133
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