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Re: Dun Caan Camp

Excellent hill this. I was up it earlier this year and saw a White Tailed Eagle from the summit, Red Admirals and Painted Ladies at the summit and a Koala Bear in a Eucalyptus tree on the way down! The Koala was the cuddly version and just off your route I think by the road near the old viaduct. Goo...
by Phil the Hill
Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:05 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Dun Caan Camp
Replies: 4
Views: 1617

Re: Boot/Footsore Advice

I went through a couple of pairs of the old (proper) Karrimor KSBs over the years. I've tried a few other fabric boots since, but none quite fitted me or were as comfortable. They seem to have more leather or too much padding round the ankles, which just rubs. In the end I went into Sports Direct an...
by Phil the Hill
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Boot/Footsore Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 1268

Re: Walking with Vultures - the magnificent Gorges du Tarn

I remember one of those signs from my own walk in the Gorges du Tarn. It warned of a "Sentier Adventureuse" or suchlike. Being used to Scottish scrambles, I decided to give it a go, and found the fixed steel ropes and ladders made it a lot easier than some routes I've done in Scotland. It'...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Walking with Vultures - the magnificent Gorges du Tarn
Replies: 15
Views: 3792

Re: 3 boring Beinns from Linn of Dee

My approach is to get a kind of perverse satisfaction out of bagging so-called "boring" hills. This helps lower one's expectations and enables one to appreciate the good points more. Good weather also helps. I had a great day on the Monadhliath, enlivened by grouse chicks scuttling across ...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: 3 boring Beinns from Linn of Dee
Replies: 40
Views: 9253

Re: Merrick, Mullwharchar and stunning Galloway

Yes, Galloway is lovely and has some great hills. Good place names too. I also discovered it when fleeing from bad weather in the Highlands many years ago. I noticed high pressure was building from the SW, so drove down in the rain and had a brilliant day on Merrick next day in conditions like yours...
by Phil the Hill
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Merrick, Mullwharchar and stunning Galloway
Replies: 8
Views: 4018

Re: OS Maps offline maps

I'm just using the free digital maps that come with the latest OS sheets on the IOS app, but what I find is that "offline maps" are just "potentially available for use offline" and are downloaded from the internet as required. Unless you've got a 4G connection, it's best to open ...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: OS Maps offline maps
Replies: 5
Views: 5877

Re: WHW down. Suggestions for next trail with lots of towns?

There are plenty of such trails down here in England & Wales: Pennine Way, Offa's Dyke, South Downs Way...
by Phil the Hill
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:36 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: WHW down. Suggestions for next trail with lots of towns?
Replies: 9
Views: 1854

Re: Corserine a Norwegian Dream

Did the same route in clag and drizzle on 13 May. I thought it would probably be nice on a good day, and your report shows it is! My original plan was to do the Rhinns of Kells circuit, but it didn't seem worth it in zero visibility so I settled for the Corbett. I see you'd already been up another h...
by Phil the Hill
Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Corserine a Norwegian Dream
Replies: 4
Views: 1943

Re: Look What We Found - Food Pouches

We have been enjoying these when on DofE and other camping over the last few years. We have been looking to stock up for some trips ahead but can't seem to find them in any shops in the Perth/Dundee area. Has anyone seen them in any shops recently? My local Tesco and Sainsbury's seem to have stoppe...
by Phil the Hill
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Gear and Equipment talk
Topic: Look What We Found - Food Pouches
Replies: 24
Views: 10373

Re: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive

Congratulations - that's some way to celebrate!

I was at the start point for the Glen Creran approach that morning (hunting for Chequered Skippers before starting the long drive home) and there didn't seem to be anyone heading up the hill.
by Phil the Hill
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Beinn Fhionnlaidh - My Last Munro In Dresses (Glen Etive)
Replies: 11
Views: 4026

Re: A week in S Uist - last part, coast to coast and the far

Excellent series of reports. I've done that crofter's woodland walk. A great area for eagle spotting. Must go back and do the hills. The Uists are surprisingly accessible by plane from Gatwick to Benbecula via Glasgow.
by Phil the Hill
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A week in S Uist - last part, coast to coast and the far end
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Re: Sunny Skye and Seduced by a Corbett (or two)

Excellent! I'll be on Skye next week and had been thinking of doing these. Don't think I'll take a camping pack up Glamaig though - even saving weight by omitting the spoon!
by Phil the Hill
Thu May 25, 2017 1:34 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Sunny Skye and Seduced by a Corbett (or two)
Replies: 17
Views: 4934

Re: On the trail of an ebay purchase

I also had an excuse to bag hills in Galloway at the weekend, as my brother got married in Gretna (near enough!) on the Friday. I had Corserine and the Rhinns of Kells planned for the Saturday, but just did Corserine in the end due to the conditions. I was planning Cairnsmore of Fleet for Sunday (so...
by Phil the Hill
Fri May 19, 2017 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: On the trail of an ebay purchase
Replies: 5
Views: 2798

Re: A Glen Carron Cornucopia

No need to apologise for waxing lyrical.

I still have these to do, so that's helpful, particularly re the camp site. I think I'll take the bike, if only to transfer some of the load onto the bike from my back even if I'm pushing it.
by Phil the Hill
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:07 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A Glen Carron Cornucopia
Replies: 5
Views: 2426

Re: Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg Arete - April

I've done it in summer and winter and it was actually easier under snow because the horrible ankle-bashing boulder field between the arete and the summit of the Ben was buried under neve and we could just crampon up it. I doubt you'll get those conditions at the moment though. The SAIS Lochaber blog...
by Phil the Hill
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:31 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg Arete - April
Replies: 2
Views: 764
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