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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: 4120

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: 1430

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: 1254

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: 1076

Re: The Strathfarrar Four: how NOT to compleat :)

You're so lucky having these as your local hills. I'm not surprised you cracked and did them early. I'm trying to save Sgurr na Ciche for my compleation, as it's the best one I have left, but it's always possible I will crack and do it earlier. Having just done another 7 Munros last week and only ma...
by Phil the Hill
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Strathfarrar Four: how NOT to compleat :)
Replies: 5
Views: 2812

Re: Lunndaidh, Bloody Lunndaidh

Useful report as I'm planning a trip up Glen Ey for next week. So you reckon the best camping spot is beyond the ruined lodge?
by Phil the Hill
Mon May 21, 2018 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Lunndaidh, Bloody Lunndaidh
Replies: 3
Views: 1483

Re: Buffeted on Bhrotain and a lesson learnt.

Thanks for the condition update. I was thinking of heading up by this route in a few weeks' time. Sounds like it's one for the boots and gaiters rather than the running shoes. Always worth having a backup for navigation. I had a compass point South once. Good job I was in a party doing winter hillwa...
by Phil the Hill
Thu May 10, 2018 1:49 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Buffeted on Bhrotain and a lesson learnt.
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Re: 7 Lawers, 1 day

Good, honest report. Well done to keep going.

When I was a bit younger I did the round of 6 (minus Meall Greigh) from the North, running the downhill bits. Made an early start, back to the car by 2 and home to London before midnight. Don't think I'd manage that nowadays!
by Phil the Hill
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:27 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: 7 Lawers, 1 day
Replies: 7
Views: 3413

Re: Mamores ridge: mixed fortunes & avoided an epic

Interesting contrast to when I was up there the summer before last and camped in Coire an Lochain.

Sounds like you made the right decision to bail out. The Mamores are always worth another visit.
by Phil the Hill
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Mamores ridge: mixed fortunes & avoided an epic
Replies: 6
Views: 2843

Re: sugar tax - what's your go to drink?

Classic Coca Cola or Red Bull (preferably a flavoured one when they can be found on special offer) for 1 day trips - for the caffeine as much as the sugar. Hi Five tablets added to the water bottle for wild camping trips. Ribena Carton as a backup. For an extra sugar hit, I'd recommend snack size Ma...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:58 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: sugar tax - what's your go to drink?
Replies: 31
Views: 4131

Re: iPad Mini

I'd agree with the above comments. I have an iPad mini, but mostly use it as a Kindle on the train. It doesn't have a SIM, so I haven't tried using it for navigation, as using the phone as a hotspot for it would really eat battery. Battery life is better than my old iPhone 6S, but I'd go for an extr...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: iPad Mini
Replies: 23
Views: 5797

Re: Advice on good Munro for wild Camping

Ben Starav is good and has fine views. I didn't camp at the top, as I ran out of time before it got dark, but I noted some flattish grassy ground just below the summit which would have been ideal. https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=23276
by Phil the Hill
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Advice on good Munro for wild Camping
Replies: 13
Views: 8648

Re: What's your oldest piece of kit?

I still use an old and much-faded sleeping bag I had on camping holidays with my parents in the late 60s/early 70s. I like it because it has a rubbish artificial filling, so I don't overheat when summer camping from the car. I even keep it in the old bag my mother sewed for it, despite now being ful...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:03 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What's your oldest piece of kit?
Replies: 49
Views: 7901

Re: Night navigation practice

Interesting exercise and a good way to do those hills.

If you had the GPS switched off, how come you've got a GPX map at the end? Were you recording the route with the GPS but not looking at it? That would be a good way to review how you'd done afterwards.
by Phil the Hill
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:56 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Night navigation practice
Replies: 6
Views: 1239

Re: The Cold Hole – Fuar Tholl

Looks like you had a great couple of days there. Coire Lair is one of my favourite places too, but I've yet to do FT as I've been concentrating too much on the Munros. Last time I was up there in winter we had to abandon the trip, as my friend was suffering from the after effects of the Chicken Curr...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:24 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Cold Hole – Fuar Tholl
Replies: 15
Views: 3682
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