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Re: Munro's from Strawberry Cottage

We biked and hiked in via Iron Lodge to set up a base camp at the West end of Loch Mullardoch. We then biked out again, drove round to the Mullardoch dam and walked back in over the North Mullardoch round. From the tents we then did MnD (but not SnC as the weather was bad that day). The following da...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:39 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Munro's from Strawberry Cottage
Replies: 5
Views: 830

Re: Base camp at Glenuaig Lodge - Walk 1

Interesting! I still have these hills to do, and driving in and staying in a holiday cottage sounds a nice alternative to biking in and wild camping, particularly if the weather is like you had.
by Phil the Hill
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Base camp at Glenuaig Lodge - Walk 1
Replies: 1
Views: 750

Re: summit attempt; outsiders perspective

Good to get an outsider's perspective!

Lightweight running shoes are viable in Scotland, but you need to know the conditions and choose your routes with care. If in doubt, go for boots. Fabric Gore-tex lined boots can be a good compromise.
by Phil the Hill
Tue May 07, 2019 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: summit attempt; outsiders perspective
Replies: 8
Views: 1769

Re: What was right thing to do on Beinn Fhionnlaidh?

I have this issue too. Left my wife and son behind to go on to the summit of 2 hills in Hong Kong recently. So long as you've agreed a plan and it's understood the other party can start heading back down if they get bored / cold, it's not a problem. If you have a phone signal, you can keep in touch ...
by Phil the Hill
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:07 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: What was right thing to do on Beinn Fhionnlaidh?
Replies: 17
Views: 4089

Re: Overnight on a hill

Ben Starav gives good summit views at dawn and there is room to pitch just below the summit.
by Phil the Hill
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:06 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Overnight on a hill
Replies: 5
Views: 946

Re: Almost trackless 7 day summer hike suggestions wanted

The Cairngorms would be your best bet. You can get a train to Aviemore. Lots of route suggestions on this site. Midges will be an issue in August, but if you normally walk in Scandinavia maybe you are used to that. You should be OK to avoid deer stalking in the main Cairngorms. Others can probably a...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:13 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Almost trackless 7 day summer hike suggestions wanted
Replies: 48
Views: 5127

Re: Long circular from Cairnwell: 14 Munros, 39 miles, 12 ho

Good going! That lot took me 6 separate walks (7 if you include an aborted attempt on Tolmount & Tom Buidhe from Glen Doll) over 27 years.

I suspect the plateau isn't done in one go as often as it might be because it's split over separate OS maps.
by Phil the Hill
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:02 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Long circular from Cairnwell: 14 Munros, 39 miles, 12 hours
Replies: 18
Views: 7400

Re: The Brocken Spectre Show on Bidean nam Bian

Brilliant! I like the idea of having a list of mountains that owe you a view when you've completed. Bidean is now top of my (long) list! I did it in a whiteout in winter, which was great navigational practice but no views. It's difficult to be 100% sure that bumps you visited by compass bearings and...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:01 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Brocken Spectre Show on Bidean nam Bian
Replies: 13
Views: 3151

Re: sgor gaibhre/carn dearg from loch eigheach

We did it during the day when the railway was closed due to storms. We missed out the Corbett and just did an out and back via the Road to the Isles. Report here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=16778
by Phil the Hill
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:43 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: sgor gaibhre/carn dearg from loch eigheach
Replies: 6
Views: 807

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: 2451

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: 5304

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: 2661

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: 1566

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: 1520

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: 1957
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