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Re: Inaccessible Pinnacle, Cuillin Hills

skuk007 said Pic 1363 makes it look like it might be easier going up the bit you normally come down. I think it can be done either way, but the side facing Sgurr Dearg is steeper (not so obvious in some of the pictures), plus you'd have the additional hazard of people abseiling down on top of you :(...
by Phil the Hill
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:45 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Inaccessible Pinnacle, Cuillin Hills
Replies: 31
Views: 14273

Re: The Devil’s Point, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain, Braeriach

Alastair, the track up to Loch Einich is definitely bikeable, and I think some do it as a MTB route in its own right. There's a few shallowish streams to ford, but that just adds to the fun. Good effort, David. We did this one with an overnight camp by Loch Einich and omitting the Devil's Point. Tha...
by Phil the Hill
Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Devil’s Point, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain, Braeriach
Replies: 5
Views: 5508

Re: Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre

Good report, Julie. I did a variant on this route on Tuesday 24th and intend to post a report soon. How did you find the walk out via the Beinn Pharlagain ridge? We were warned it can be rough and very boggy so didn't attempt it after the wet weather, simply reversing our route back from Sgor Gaibhr...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre
Replies: 3
Views: 3705

Re: the mullardoch round

Good effort and well done to MT on reaching 200. TR of the month for May is looking like a tricky decision already, what with this, Kinley on Rum and Liathach on fire. If anyone doesn't fancy carrying heavy packs round all these hills, we avoided it by biking in from the West via Iron Lodge to estab...
by Phil the Hill
Tue May 03, 2011 11:20 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: the mullardoch round
Replies: 14
Views: 16803

Re: Hot day out on Meall a'Bhuiridh

Did this one in deep powder snow and a whiteout, so just followed the ski tows to the top. At about 1000m we came out above the clouds to blue skies, sun and a stunning inversion with just the 1000m+ summits poking out. Applied the sun cream, had lunch in t shirts and saw our brocken spectres. :D Ju...
by Phil the Hill
Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:29 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Hot day out on Meall a'Bhuiridh
Replies: 5
Views: 2880

Re: Cairn of Claise from Tyndrum (9 days)

malky c said: I can't understand why your route on the Lawers hills isn't more popular - it's such an obvious horseshoe, but looking through reports on this and similar sites I can't find a single other person that has described it I agree. It's the route I used, and I can say from experience it's p...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:59 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Cairn of Claise from Tyndrum (9 days)
Replies: 27
Views: 15197

Re: Best pants for reduced chaffing

Rohan boxer shorts work for me. They have a new-ish range with a check pattern and no seams in tender areas.
by Phil the Hill
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Best pants for reduced chaffing
Replies: 35
Views: 11303

Re: that chopper could have come in handy!

Scary story - I hope Julie makes a quick recovery. I'd definitely do that winter skills course. We did one before first venturing onto the Scottish hills in winter and we learned a lot that has been very useful since. We carry a rope when there's a narrow ridge or any possibility of a tricky ascent,...
by Phil the Hill
Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: that chopper could have come in handy!
Replies: 33
Views: 12978

Re: Compass Query

Malky c wrote: Finally, have you demagnetised it in any way? Leaving it sitting in the glovebox in the car for long periods can do this. I've managed to ruin a couple of compasses this way - one of them is still useable, but points 180 degrees in the wrong direction! I was using it for a while, but ...
by Phil the Hill
Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:12 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Compass Query
Replies: 31
Views: 8033

Re: Carn a'Mhaim

Yes, well done from me too. Failed to do this one when we were camping there in the summer. I think there was a Munro-baggers' path up from by the bridge you missed, but you're right to just head up if you miss it. You need to do a few hills in the clag or you won't properly appreciate the stunning ...
by Phil the Hill
Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:24 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Carn a'Mhaim
Replies: 11
Views: 6425

Re: Snowdon by Crib Goch - second attempt at walk report.

Great report and nice pix. I've been up Snowdon more times than any other mountain, but never seem to get a decent view from the top :( When we did the Horseshoe after Xmas a few years back we managed to traverse Crib Goch without needing to don crampons, but saw that the helicopter was rescuing peo...
by Phil the Hill
Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Snowdon by Crib Goch - second attempt at walk report.
Replies: 15
Views: 8370

Re: The Forth and Clyde Canal

Nice walk. I did the canal by narrow boat with my mother back in 2005 between Glasgow basin and Edinburgh (via the Falkirk Wheel twice and Union Canal). I walked the last stretch down past the Falkirk locks to the tidal lock and back, which made a pleasant evening stroll. One point of interest that ...
by Phil the Hill
Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Long Distance routes
Topic: The Forth and Clyde Canal
Replies: 7
Views: 19351

Re: Carn Ghluasaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Sail Chaorainn

We didn't get any visibility on Sgurr nan Conbhairean either. Did it in winter in a whiteout. If I recall correctly, its name translates as "hill of the dog men", implying werewolves. On the summit ridge we came across bootprints that strangely changed into dog paw prints :shock: I'm not m...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Carn Ghluasaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Sail Chaorainn
Replies: 4
Views: 3784

Re: Which mobile operator ?

I'm with Vodafone, and have been with them for years as I've found their coverage in the Highlands to be pretty good. Better on the tops than in the valleys, obviously, but I got a signal once when camping at Loch Einich, and my mate was able to ring his wife to look up a bird we saw in their book (...
by Phil the Hill
Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Which mobile operator ?
Replies: 14
Views: 4243

Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

saying hello to half a dozen prisoners who were out repairing drainage channels on the path I thought on first reading this that prison doesn't sound so bad if you get to go out and work on the hills - but then I realised that the punishment is that you're not allowed to go and bag the summit! :( W...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!
Replies: 9
Views: 4608
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