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Re: Camping Applecross

It appears that the most eloquent political commentary came from the midges. Given that he grew up in that tick paradise, Exmoor, you would think BJ might have known that to choose the West Highlands in August could be, let's say, injudicious.
by ChrisButch
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:34 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Camping Applecross
Replies: 15
Views: 1604

Re: Munro Etymology

There's a practical reason,also, for getting your head round some of the Gaelic basics. If you mentally apply anglicised pronunciation to the hill names when reading them off a map, any discussion of what you've done or are intending to do with a local or another hillwalker can be mightily confusing...
by ChrisButch
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:00 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Munro Etymology
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: Last Munro for compleaters

Mine was more or less arbitrary. The order I followed was in three main phases: 1 Without a car: week or 10 day treks from a bus or railhead carrying all food and tent. About half the total were done like this. 2 Eventually it became impossible to find further tops which could be conveniently strung...
by ChrisButch
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:24 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Last Munro for compleaters
Replies: 45
Views: 5346

Re: Drones

If used responsibly, they can be used to create stunning flybys of outstanding scenery, like this footage of Suliven.... The low lying rugged landscape covered in lochs, with the hill poking up has been captured brilliantly. It looks very much like a localised region of hard rock that has been put ...
by ChrisButch
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:56 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Drones
Replies: 82
Views: 18909

Re: Scafell from Mickledore

A few years ago there was a partial collapse of the gendarme just above the start of the west wall traverse, and I know the local MR team were advising against using it because of the high risk of further rockfall. I don't know whether this is still the case. If it's now accessible again, that route...
by ChrisButch
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:48 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Scafell from Mickledore
Replies: 13
Views: 1551

Re: Finding a pitch in areas of long tussocky grass

When looking for a site high in the hills, I used to examine the map closely for any points in a stream valley where gaps between contour lines temporarily widen, indicating a levelling off of the slope. These are the most likely places to find small areas of shorter grass, since they often indicate...
by ChrisButch
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:27 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Finding a pitch in areas of long tussocky grass
Replies: 16
Views: 2092

Re: Another geology question

Yes, there's a continuous (very slow!) process of plates coming together to form supercontinents, then breaking apart again, but breaking along different lines than the previous join. Thus the far northwest of Scotland was originally part of what's now the North American + Greenland continent. When ...
by ChrisButch
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:16 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Another geology question
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: Another geology question

Apart from glaciation etc already mentioned, it's useful to know that the Highlands are made up of three quite distinct slices of the earth's crust, which were at one time far apart, formed in quite different ways with different rocks, and were only subsequently sandwiched together. These chunks all...
by ChrisButch
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:55 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Another geology question
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: Tick / cleg repellant

Just on the environmental risks of permethrin - I've come to the conclusion that the damage to a watercourse by momentary contact with a dry permethrin-impregnated garment isn't going to add significantly to the damage I do, unwittingly, every time I walk in the hills by crushing legions of inverteb...
by ChrisButch
Sat May 30, 2020 7:05 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tick / cleg repellant
Replies: 18
Views: 3128

Re: Magnetic north

The adjusting for the difference between grid and mag used to be standard procedure but now in some parts of the UK the difference is so small it can be ignored. Perhaps now the procedure will be find the magnetic variation before you set out and decide if it is worth bothering with. Dave A couple ...
by ChrisButch
Sun May 17, 2020 8:35 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Magnetic north
Replies: 9
Views: 1199

Re: Stay at home

Interesting contrast between the positions of different National Parks. Taking advantage of the new 'liberation', this morning I went up for a round on Exmoor (which is last than an hour's drive anyway). I passed through Tarr Steps, one of the main honeypots for carbound tourists on the Moor. There'...
by ChrisButch
Thu May 14, 2020 4:11 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 57429

Re: Stay at home

As regards the hill walking, it seems pretty clear to me that if I lived within day trip distance of the Lake District I would legally be allowed to go there for a hill walk - however car parks are still blocked off and the Cumbria tourist board is still saying stay away. As it stands though I live...
by ChrisButch
Tue May 12, 2020 1:46 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 57429

Re: The Rough Bounds Conundrum

There's a Knoydart-based boat which regularly drops off hillwalkers anywhere up Loch Nevis - for a price. (Iain wilson, the owner, also farms at Invergusersain and produces superb organic lamb and mutton!) https://www.visitknoydart.co.uk/activities https://www.visitknoydart.co.uk/activities This is ...
by ChrisButch
Fri May 08, 2020 12:49 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Rough Bounds Conundrum
Replies: 11
Views: 1713

Re: Stay at home

I try to be considerate of cyclists but I was annoyed at a pair of cyclists who decided to cycle side-by-side up the A82, trying to "own the road". I noticed in my mirror some fist-waving from them, for some reason. Occasionally I get told "but cycling two abreast is perfectly legal&...
by ChrisButch
Fri May 01, 2020 8:09 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 57429

Re: Stay at home

10 cyclists were killed during the first 3 weeks of lockdown: https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=136731 As on average there are c.100 fatalities annually, this total on roads with significantly less motorised traffic than usual does seem high, but of course it's too small a sample t...
by ChrisButch
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:13 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay at home
Replies: 570
Views: 57429
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