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by ScotRoutes
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 44402

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

After being turned back by the river crossing two weeks ago, I was aware that I'd still not done a Sept BAM. Luckily, metalheart was looking for a buddy to accompany him on a relatively short ride out (still having ankle issues). We'd decided on a nice spot at the location of the old Bynack Stable b...
by ScotRoutes
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?
Replies: 26
Views: 331

Re: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?

Waterproof. Robustness. And for the Oregon, AA batteries. FWIW, I've had very few issues with any of the 5 Garmins I've owned over the years (I still have/use 3 of them). Most things I read about problems seem to relate to the Edge series. My Edge 705 is still motoring on after 11 years and one batt...
by ScotRoutes
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?
Replies: 26
Views: 331

Re: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?

Oregon is quite popular around these parts.
by ScotRoutes
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Great Glen Way - return?
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Great Glen Way - return?

Hundreds of folk cycle the A82 every year. I'm not aware of collisions involving cyclists. Having said that, it can be pretty unpleasant in parts. As above, South Loch Ness Trail, combined with NCN74, but that's mostly replicating the GGW once south of Fort Augustus (you can do both sides of Loch Oi...
by ScotRoutes
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yet another quilts conundrum
Replies: 8
Views: 169

Re: Yet another quilts conundrum

My Cumulus 250 is about perfect for 6 months. Can be a bit warm in Summer and isn't quite enough in Winter. But that's "my" Winter, which is likely colder than yours. Mat-wise I've never needed more than the Synmat HL7. I've only considered supplementing it when looking at a couple of Winter Summit ...
by ScotRoutes
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sealskin alternative
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Sealskin alternative

The newer Sealskinz have a rubber gripper round the ankle. That helps reduce water ingress down the legs but goes baggy after a while.

The longer length ones also suffer less in this regard.
by ScotRoutes
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Are we "cool" now... and for how long
Replies: 20
Views: 627

Re: Are we "cool" now... and for how long

I don't know if it's still the case but the North Face Summit Series is/was still considered to be excellent kit.
by ScotRoutes
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Are we "cool" now... and for how long
Replies: 20
Views: 627

Re: Are we "cool" now... and for how long

"Puffa" jackets have never gone away as far as I know. I worked in Blacks for a while. The head office was very particular about the order of the branded display areas. TNF was always first in the door. We'd get folk walking in wanting to buy a "North Face jacket". A little gentle prodding around wh...
by ScotRoutes
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Whats the most dangerous (legal UK) Rd you've ridden?
Replies: 31
Views: 712

Re: Whats the most dangerous (legal UK) Rd you've ridden?

The A9 north of Inverness is, indeed, part of the NC500 route. It is also commonly used by hundreds/thousands of LEJOGers every year. I can't recall any cyclist being involved in a collision on it and there is a TT route near Evanton. I can't recall any cyclist being involved in a collision on it (a...
by ScotRoutes
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Whats the most dangerous (legal UK) Rd you've ridden?
Replies: 31
Views: 712

Re: Whats the most dangerous (legal UK) Rd you've ridden?

I've cycled on the A9, officially "the most dangerous road in Scotland" based on fatalities. I'll not bother linking to Street view as it goes on for miles. There are decent alternatives between Edinburgh and Inverness but North of that there starts to get little choice.
by ScotRoutes
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Coldest winter in 30 years.
Replies: 19
Views: 761

Re: Coldest winter in 30 years.

I have a new fatbike.

Bring it on!!!
by ScotRoutes
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sealskin alternative
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: Sealskin alternative

As I understand it, Sealskinz used to use the Dexshell membrane but there was some fall-out.

Another alternative is GoreTex oversocks.
by ScotRoutes
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1407

Re: Bonkers time triallists

dual carriageways may be the safest place to time trial. Yep. It might be annoying to other road users but a well signed TT over a road with good sightlines and an additional lane for overtaking makes a lot of sense. A regular spot near me is the A9 north of Evanton. That's reasonably straight but ...
by ScotRoutes
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Does anyone use a synthetic sleeping bag.?
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: Does anyone use a synthetic sleeping bag.?

I've used MH Lamina bags quite a lot, mainly for the same reasons of avoiding trouble with damp. Then I realised that I never actually got my bags damp and so was carrying extra weight and bulk for no reason. I already had down bags so decided just to use them instead. A lightweight bivvy bag will h...
by ScotRoutes
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1407

Re: Bonkers time triallists

ChrisF wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:16 pm
they might see the same madness in a long day of grinding through boggy sludge and rocky tracks in the pissing rain followed by sleeping in ditch.
Since you put it like that.... :lol:
by ScotRoutes
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1407

Re: Bonkers time triallists

Thankfully, no one has ever died or been seriously injured while mountain biking.
In Reverse wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:24 pm
The risk is probably similar to mountain biking isn't it? I can think of a couple of deaths of blokes who were just pootling about.

Ah - we typed our responses at the same time.
by ScotRoutes
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Columbia Outdry jacket issue
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Columbia Outdry jacket issue

No issues here, mine gets scrunched up too. Although mine is also rolled into the hood frequently That's what I tend to do with mine. You'd think the hood would therefore be likely to wear due to abrasion, but I can't see anything like that with mine. As a suggestion - it's not been anywhere a solv...
by ScotRoutes
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Columbia Outdry jacket issue
Replies: 8
Views: 311

Re: Columbia Outdry jacket issue

My jacket is more often scrunched up in a bag than being worn. I've not experienced anything like that.
by ScotRoutes
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hilleberg Akto
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: Hilleberg Akto

Already mentioned on this thread, my "winter" tent is a Scarp 1. Similar weight to the Akto but I believe slightly larger. It also has the optional crossing poles for more severe conditions (and snow shedding).
by ScotRoutes
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SPOT Tracker Renewal Fees - Being Gouged?
Replies: 236
Views: 22258

Re: SPOT Tracker Renewal Fees - Being Gouged?

And there's now a Monthly Service plan for Spot Gen 3 devices. I reckon I might flip over to that when my current plan expires.

https://www.findmespot.eu/en/index.php?cid=103
by ScotRoutes
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?
Replies: 58
Views: 1647

Re: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?

How many of those have been on the BBC news pages? I didn't even know there was a GB Divide route, other than the one we discussed on here a couple of years ago.
by ScotRoutes
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?
Replies: 58
Views: 1647

Re: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?

Given my dealings with LEJOG, the Great Glen Way, the Hebridean Way and now the Caledonian Way, I'd say there's a demand for, and certain attraction about, routes that are point-to-point. Logistics are, though, an issue. Thankfully, there are folk like my previous employer providing services to help...
by ScotRoutes
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 90
Views: 3295

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Weather is looking ideal.
Have a good ride.
by ScotRoutes
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: (Some) people are dicks
Replies: 16
Views: 723

Re: (Some) people are dicks

Many years ago a few of us were riding (motorbikes) up to Lossiemouth on a Friday night. One of the guys hit a small deer, knocking him off his bike. A car drew up and stopped. The driver got out, rushed over, picked up the deer and put it in his boot, then drove off, leaving my mate on the ground u...