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Re: Bivy bag along West Highland Way in January

The daylight hours is a real thing, especially in the rain. I camped overnight last week at Rowardennan expecting a pleasant evening by a campfire (don't worry, in a BBQ firepit) before turning in and bagging BenLo in the morning. The rain came on, which I braved it for a while, but was forced into ...
by Marty_JG
Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:21 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Bivy bag along West Highland Way in January
Replies: 40
Views: 9379

Re: GPS

Care to elaborate? I'd be very interested in what makes the latter so much better. Is it user interface, functionality or something else? I had a think about this, I'd say Visibility, Interface, Functionality. VISIBILITY The colour screen alone makes a huge difference. The old units have black-on-g...
by Marty_JG
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: GPS
Replies: 14
Views: 3230

Re: Bivy bag along West Highland Way in January

The upside is in January will be light on the midges! The Assault seems designed for altitude rather than lowlands: the few reviews of it online (Amazon UK, Amazon COM, Single Track World, North Face UK) keep mentioning it's not waterproof. Then again if you're willing to lose breathability spray so...
by Marty_JG
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:22 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Bivy bag along West Highland Way in January
Replies: 40
Views: 9379

Re: GPS

I bought an older b&w eTrex and despise it. I then got a Montana and I adore it. The Oregon and 64s as as-good, the Oregon is the same but smaller (smaller screen, but also lower weight) and the 64s isn't touch-screen which means it's not as intuitive to use but also easier to use with thick mit...
by Marty_JG
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:41 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: GPS
Replies: 14
Views: 3230

Re: Bivy bag along West Highland Way in January

But let's get this straight: you're not experienced and you're not adventurous ? In that case I'd suggest a bivvy is not for you. Not yet . I'd say a bivvy is for someone who looks at his existing well-used lightweight hiking tent and comes to the conclusion "I've decided I'm harder than that&q...
by Marty_JG
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:22 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Bivy bag along West Highland Way in January
Replies: 40
Views: 9379

Re: Ice Axe advice please

That doesn't look like it'll help you climb a mountain so much as level it. :D

Still, great to have when you want to make an emergency shelter right through the snow and 12 feet deep into the rock itself.
by Marty_JG
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Ice Axe advice please
Replies: 19
Views: 5554

Re: A kayak trip and wild camp to Sgurr Mor across Loch Quoi

DaveH82 , if you're only planning on parking a car one side of a loch and paddling to the other you can save a lot of money by getting a cheaper but heavier inflatable. I have a couple of Intex boats (Challenger 1-man Kayak, Seahawk 2-man dinghy) and I've had a lot of fun with them, they're just to...
by Marty_JG
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:29 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A kayak trip and wild camp to Sgurr Mor across Loch Quoich
Replies: 10
Views: 4253

Re: A kayak trip and wild camp to Sgurr Mor across Loch Quoi

Great report and photos. I am now looking at inflatable kayaks, looks like the best way to do this hill and some others. :) This German packrafting store does a good comparison chart of the various options. http://www.packrafting-store.de/images/content/CC_EN.pdf Personally I'm looking at the Supai...
by Marty_JG
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:51 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A kayak trip and wild camp to Sgurr Mor across Loch Quoich
Replies: 10
Views: 4253

Re: Loops That Take A Week?

you can detour via Goatfell if you want to bag the island's only Corbett Hmm I was pretty sure there were 4 corbets on Arran ;) :lol: My compeat bad. I don't even know where that came from, other than I do my research whilst nipping at the fiery peatwater that is the local national tipple. :crazy: ...
by Marty_JG
Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:37 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Loops That Take A Week?
Replies: 9
Views: 1828

Re: YouTube Channel: Climbing Scotland

It has some amazing stuff.

It would be good if you could take a camera man out, or a walker for you to film... get some "scrambling" shots done.
by Marty_JG
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:02 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: YouTube Channel: Climbing Scotland
Replies: 10
Views: 2784

Re: Kilpatrick: Duncolm & Slacks Circular

@denfinella Yes, there was a distinct well-trodden path my entire route. It's not shown (that I can see) on OS 1:25 but it is shown on OpenStreetMap which I use in my Garmin satnav device/software (that's why I took the route). Flicking between maps there are definitely trails on OS 1:25 not on OSM...
by Marty_JG
Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:27 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Kilpatrick: Duncolm & Slacks Circular
Replies: 4
Views: 2663

Re: Loops That Take A Week?

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned you can do the entire of Scotland in a week. The " Scotland in miniature " that is. The Arran Coastal Way The Arran Coastal Way is a challenging and rugged long distance route running for 109km mostly around the coastline of the Isle of Arran. The Way fit...
by Marty_JG
Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:28 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Loops That Take A Week?
Replies: 9
Views: 1828

Re: Garmin gps 64s

I use a different model of Garmin GPS but the principle is the same, the answer is yes . You can download GPX routes e.g. from WH and it gives you where you are on the route. That said, you'd be much better off using the Garmin software Basecamp (including downloading WH GPX routes into it). It will...
by Marty_JG
Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:30 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Garmin gps 64s
Replies: 2
Views: 3098

Kilpatrick: Duncolm & Slacks Circular

Duncolm & Slacks Circular Trail.gpx Duncolm & Slacks Circular Graph.jpg Starting/End Point: Kilpatrick Train Station & Car Park Start: 11:40 am Finish: 16:50 pm To Duncolm: 2 hours 15 (Lunch: 25 mins) Return Leg: 2 hours 30 Total: 5 hours 10 These hills were a mystery to me, moving to G...
by Marty_JG
Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:06 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Kilpatrick: Duncolm & Slacks Circular
Replies: 4
Views: 2663

Re: Ice Axe advice please

To repeat: thanks for all the advice, it has helped greatly. In the end I went for a Petzl Glacier at a mid-sized 68 cm and a reasonable 370 gams, the straight shaft appeals to me for walking. If I don't think it's suitable I can return it. I have the pick & spike covers ordered too. Due to negl...
by Marty_JG
Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:26 am
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Ice Axe advice please
Replies: 19
Views: 5554
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