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Re: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?

you feel more remote than in Scotland, and aware of how small you are in a big landscape where few people go. Not sure I agree with that. It's certainly true of other areas further north: but in the Jotunheimen the hut network is so complete that you're never as far from a hut as you are from a roa...
by ChrisButch
Thu May 09, 2019 12:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?
Replies: 11
Views: 575

Re: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?

The similarities are greater than the differences. Underfoot you're rather more likely to find drier, shorter vegetation and more rock, except in the deeper forested valleys which can be slow going. If you're peak-bagging, you'll find extensive snow patches and neve at any time of the year, and if y...
by ChrisButch
Thu May 09, 2019 9:07 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How does Jotunheimen compare to Scotland?
Replies: 11
Views: 575

Re: For anyone heading to Corse for the GR20.

Yes, you wild camped anywhere - it was the only way you could keep to the route. It's a shame the Cirque de S will now be bypassed, since it was a highlight. And yes, that meant the route never strayed far off the main watershed, hence the virtual impossibility of restocking with food except where t...
by ChrisButch
Tue May 07, 2019 2:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: For anyone heading to Corse for the GR20.
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: For anyone heading to Corse for the GR20.

Did the GR20 in 1978, before any of the new refuges were built, so camped and carried own food throughout. (Only one restocking opportunity the whole route then!). Remember it as a spectacular route, and being caught in a big storm in the middle of the Cirque de Solitude (where there have been recen...
by ChrisButch
Mon May 06, 2019 7:41 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: For anyone heading to Corse for the GR20.
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: Mullardoch ticks!

Clothing impregnated with repellent is becoming more common. Rohan do a thin impregnated sock which I always wear over my boot socks. Craghoppers have socks also. Rohan also do impregnated trousers - they're only thin summer trousers, but very good for summer hillwalking. The impregnation is suppose...
by ChrisButch
Thu May 02, 2019 8:57 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mullardoch ticks!
Replies: 14
Views: 715

Re: How to compute the length of a walk

Does nobody except me still use an old-fashioned map measurer? Running that tiny notched wheel over the printed surface somehow seems already to make me feel contact with the landscape, which no amount of digital wizardry ever does. And of course it's a confidence-booster, since the inevitable minim...
by ChrisButch
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:15 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to compute the length of a walk
Replies: 27
Views: 966

Re: How best to avoid being shot on a hike?

I think it helps to educate oneself in what actually happens on a shooting estate. For instance, the big differences between what happen in a grouse shoot and what happens when deerstalking.
by ChrisButch
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:19 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How best to avoid being shot on a hike?
Replies: 25
Views: 1549

Re: leaving bike in car park (Munros)

The biggest problem when using a bike to get to the hills is not having it pinched but finding it again when you come down - you'll have left it in a ditch or deep vegetation (easily found within a few metres in almost any Highland location) where nobody except yourself (or often, in my experience, ...
by ChrisButch
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:43 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: leaving bike in car park (Munros)
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: Crape Wrath May 2019 - Glenfinnan variant route advice

The history of this and progress to date is covered in this thread: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=77827 The present situation is that installation of the new bridge won't be complete until spring/early summer this year. It requires a helicopter lift, so is entirely we...
by ChrisButch
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:19 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Crape Wrath May 2019 - Glenfinnan variant route advice
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: How do I find out wind speed?

This doesn't answer your question, since it's a forecast rather than historical observation, but I've found this site to be the best for wind info:
https://www.windy.com/?56.957,7.075,5

It's also very pretty!
by ChrisButch
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:41 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How do I find out wind speed?
Replies: 15
Views: 1157

Re: OS Map Numbering ….I’m confused!

The confusion arose because when OS launched the countrywide Explorer 1:25000, the existing Outdoor Leisure sheets were also rebranded as Explorer, and their yellow covers changed to orange: but the sheet numbers of those ex-Outdoor Leisure maps were not changed - they were still prefixed OL, and we...
by ChrisButch
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:22 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OS Map Numbering ….I’m confused!
Replies: 10
Views: 1107

Re: Christmas in the Highlands

Prince's House, Glenfinnan. Several other good possibilities along the Mallaig line. Hills not too big, good for short winter days.
by ChrisButch
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:01 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Christmas in the Highlands
Replies: 19
Views: 1341

Re: Plane flying through Glen Shiel

The C130 Hercules has been the RAF's transport workhouse for decades. They do a lot of low-flying training, because they're often used for aid drops after earthquakes etc. I live in a low-altitude training zone, and am used to the whoosh of those quiet Allison turboprops low over the house in the mi...
by ChrisButch
Mon May 28, 2018 2:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Plane flying through Glen Shiel
Replies: 21
Views: 2589

Re: Plane flying through Glen Shiel

That's a Fat Albert (C130 Hercules)
by ChrisButch
Sun May 27, 2018 8:50 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Plane flying through Glen Shiel
Replies: 21
Views: 2589

Re: Met Office fact check?

I think this is an 'eats, shoots and leaves' thing: punctuation rather than fact. A colon rather than a semi-colon should follow 'ridges'. The absence of a comma after 'Black Cuillins' implies that both Black and Red, rather than Red only, are 'to the South' and 'around Loch Coruisk'. The statement ...
by ChrisButch
Sat May 12, 2018 8:08 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Met Office fact check?
Replies: 5
Views: 607
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