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Re: The Fiddler's Aurora

Great shots of a spectacular aurora and sunrise over stunning mountains. Worth losing a night's sleep for IMHO.
by Phil the Hill
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Fiddler's Aurora
Replies: 12
Views: 2215

Re: Mamores Challenge (10 munros in 1 day)

Love the selfies and the way you started off from Fort William at 1 am after a pint!
by Phil the Hill
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Mamores Challenge (10 munros in 1 day)
Replies: 12
Views: 4457

Re: So what's in your thermos?

My favourite was a triple shot gingerbread latte from the cafe in Braemar, which went down very nicely at Derry Lodge and on the summit of Beinn Bhreac in a passing hailstorm (in summer). If it's soup, I usually go for Heinz cream of tomato. Cup a soups I use more with a stove, usually cooked up out...
by Phil the Hill
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:21 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So what's in your thermos?
Replies: 23
Views: 2498

Re: Creag Meagaidh: 11 years later

Happy Anniversary!

Doubt I'd manage to persuade my other half to climb 3 Munros to celebrate our anniversary - though I did once get her to go to North Uist :)
by Phil the Hill
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Creag Meagaidh: 11 years later
Replies: 2
Views: 1440

Re: Camping near Luibeg Bridge

We found a nice spot beneath some pines to the left of the path maybe about a third of the way from Derry Lodge to Luibeg but didn't have the bikes with us on that occasion. I think you'd have to push them much of the way or leave them and carry on on foot..
by Phil the Hill
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:51 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Camping near Luibeg Bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: Congregating around bothies to camp outside

I'd agree with all the above reasons. We biked in to Loch Callater this year to set up a camp for a walk over Tolmount and Tom Buidhe. The bothy was as far as the track was bikeable and there was a nice grassy pitch site just beyond it - plus there was a water source and a composting toilet. It was ...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Congregating around bothies to camp outside
Replies: 11
Views: 1854

Re: Chanonry Point - now charged

Does anyone know if being a member of National Trust Scotland entitles you to park free in the NT England car parks, as it is cheaper (£45 for annual membership for a senior). We were shocked when it cost us £7-50 to park for a day in the car park en route for Watendlath (something or other bridge)...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:26 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Chanonry Point - now charged
Replies: 16
Views: 2645

Re: OS Map Numbering ….I’m confused!

I think they've published some new Outdoor Leisure maps for the Cairngorms, replacing previous Explorer Maps. OL Maps cover the National Parks and more touristy areas, but are pretty much the same as the Explorers nowadays. Possibly they have more symbols for touristy things and some of them are dou...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:23 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OS Map Numbering ….I’m confused!
Replies: 10
Views: 2066

Re: frugal way to get 1:25k topo maps on a GPS device?

Since you need to take a paper map and compass anyway, the free OS download must be the most frugal option - assuming you already have a smartphone. Download the area you need to the phone whilst you have wifi and only use the phone occasionally to check position, or carry a charged power bank or us...
by Phil the Hill
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:16 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: frugal way to get 1:25k topo maps on a GPS device?
Replies: 25
Views: 5052

Re: The White Mounth Munros for a relative newbie

Another factor to consider is how committed you are to bagging apparently boring summits. I first went up Lochnagar solo early in my Munro-bagging career, did White Mounth (which was a complete anticlimax), and on looking over at the remaining uninteresting-looking and distant tops, which I'd been t...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:14 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The White Mounth Munros for a relative newbie
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: A night on Jura

Awesome photos and a well-written report. I love your campsite on the patch of moss.

If I did that trip I'd be terribly weighed down by bottles of whisky by the end!
by Phil the Hill
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:03 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A night on Jura
Replies: 10
Views: 2612

Re: When a slip could have been more serious on Binnein Mor

A few reminders there of my own trip up these hills a few years ago at that time of year. I thought of camping on the peninsula in the lochan, but it was a bit windy so I camped in a more sheltered position. Of course by the time I returned from SEM the wind direction had changed to blow on my tent ...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:03 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: When a slip could have been more serious on Binnein Mor
Replies: 19
Views: 4049

Re: Food for a 4 day camp.

Good quality salami or saucisson sec from a a supermarket or deli makes an excellent addition if chopped up and added to a packet pasta or couscous meal. If you can catch some small fish, just fry them up, chop off the heads and tails and add the flesh instead of salami. Do read the instructions on ...
by Phil the Hill
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:35 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Food for a 4 day camp.
Replies: 13
Views: 1412

Re: Welsh Hewitts raid and avoiding the bog!

You make these hills sound quite interesting - though it probably helps that it was so dry! I started bagging English & Welsh 2000ers using Marsh's books, as well as the Nuttalls. I like that he gives multiple routes up individual hills, rather than stringing them all together into big rounds, s...
by Phil the Hill
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Welsh Hewitts raid and avoiding the bog!
Replies: 3
Views: 1231

Re: Wildlife spotting on An Sochar Braemar

I was up there the previous day, but just went up and down via the Top. Your route looks a bit more interesting.

You did better than me for wildlife, though my friend spent the day exploring lower down and got dive-bombed by ring ouzels. I didn't see any raptors all week.
by Phil the Hill
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:52 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wildlife spotting on An Sochar Braemar
Replies: 3
Views: 1058
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