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by whitestone
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: First timer’s packing list
Replies: 28
Views: 453

Re: First timer’s packing list

You don't need all the kit, some of it helps but some bits tend to be "nice to have". You'll learn what does and doesn't work for you . I think I'd take a stove to make a brew in the morning, maybe some snacks. If the sleeping bag's "a bit rubbish" I'd take some thermals and maybe a jacket of some k...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rear Light recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 289

Re: Rear Light recommendations

FWE - https://www.evanscycles.com/brand/fwe/l ... e=93263303 Evans only seem to have the set at the mo but I've bought the rear on its own. The clip is pretty solid and not lost it yet (on the bike - the thing is that small I keep losing it in the house!)
by whitestone
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 143
Views: 3417

Re: BB200 2020

I think the government are starting to butter people up in readiness for another national lockdown, either full or partial.

Rich - the pub issue has been a problem elsewhere as well.
by whitestone
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorms loop 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 348

Re: Cairngorms loop 2020

Sean, Cath and I were discussing if Ben Anderson also had a rucksack - he seemed very lightly laden otherwise.
by whitestone
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorms loop 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 348

Re: Cairngorms loop 2020

Here's my tale - http://bobwightman.blogspot.com/2020/09 ... -does.html

No shots after the Fords as I didn't take any until Aviemore at which point I discovered I'd only 7% charge left on my phone so decided to turn the phone off in case I really needed it.
by whitestone
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorms loop 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 348

Re: Cairngorms loop 2020

Nice one Phil. Was surprised to keep bumping into you after you left us for dead on the climb away from the A9! Here's my Strava activity for my failed attempt - https://www.strava.com/activities/4063918989/ Compared to 2017 I was an hour and 20mins up by the Linn of Dee but somehow lost all that ti...
by whitestone
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bigger tent question
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Bigger tent question

It does depend on whether you’ll always car camp with it or need to carry it. Do you need to be able to stand up in it or will sitting up with head clearance do? The MSR and Big Agnes type tents with near vertical walls make the most use of space. We’ve got the two man BA and there’s plenty of room ...
by whitestone
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Saturday went pretty well- somehow got to the Linn of Dee two hours quicker than three years ago. Didn’t need lights until well after the Red House. Then somehow lost all of it getting to Glen Feshie. Bivvies in an old horse box😄which was dry but with lots of hay in it meant no stove usage. Sunday I...
by whitestone
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

She got back about ten minutes before me
by whitestone
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Block headwind for most of today.

The Geldie was way higher today than yesterday- looks like the southern Cairngorms got a lot of rain overnight. The Tilt was high even in its upper reaches.

Felt weary all day, got to be sting in the tail and just CBA. even going down Glen Tilt was hard work
by whitestone
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Given the forecast, I'm going with proper bivvy kit. If I end up wrecked in the middle of the night and need to rest, and its lashing down and I have no way of getting dry shelter, I'm screwed..... Has the forecast changed, when I last looked it wasn't too bad? Can't possibly rival the 2018 BB300 s...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Out of interest gents, how much resupply are you planning enroute and how much is packed? I see talk of "dinner" which I've also got with a small stove. I'm taking a dehydrated meal with me plus trail food. Resupply will tend to depend on where I get to, what the weather's like and how I feel. Basi...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

In a Figs of the Cairngorm Loop posting ...

A test packing:

Image

Still got plenty of room :-bd that front bag is actually only about half full.
by whitestone
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lights - is this available?
Replies: 35
Views: 578

Re: Lights - is this available?

One problem with the Joystick and similar form factor lights is that they aren't ideal for mounting at the fork crown, looking at Exposure's site I can't see a fork mount (Joystick, Exposure, forking mount? crikey it's a double entendre comic's dream :lol: ). Could you not use one of the bar extende...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

What forecast are you looking at? Accuweather for Saturday looks pretty much perfect, with a few showers (5mm of rain) on Sunday. :lol: I'll be checking out MWIS tomorrow. MWIS https://www.mwis.org.uk/forecasts/scottish/cairngorms-np-and-monadhliath is giving gales on higher ground. Met office http...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lights - is this available?
Replies: 35
Views: 578

Re: Lights - is this available?

That's pretty well how I use my Exposure Joystick. I'll pick the program with the longest run-times (either 2 or 3 from memory gives 36hrs on the lowest setting). I did the whole of the HT550 over five days on about half a charge, didn't do a lot of night riding apart from the last night when I rode...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: King Alfreds Way.
Replies: 99
Views: 4280

Re: King Alfreds Way.

There were plans a few years ago to create "semi-wild" trail centres. I think the only one that was completed was at Sutton Bank near Thirsk. Basically some trail centre type armoured trails close to the centre's buildings, in Sutton Bank's case these were the National Park information centre buildi...
by whitestone
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Following instructions that we weren't going "posh" by stopping at a Travelodge :grin: , we've booked into the same campsite as you so should see you sometime Friday afternoon/evening. Lookout for a dark blue Peugeot Partner van :-bd Currently having a breather from digging about 20m of drain from o...
by whitestone
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

I see there is now a Cairngorms Loop Instagram page :smile: Ready for the start line pictures? Good job I've trimmed my beard ready :lol: There should be a rule: " Any social media posting during your ride incurs a 1hr time penalty per posting. "! :lol: OK, three days to perfect my scowl :-bd
by whitestone
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Here's my SPOT page - https://maps.findmespot.com/s/SKQQ

Hopefully it works - SPOT have updated their mapping and sharing and I think I've done it correctly. I'll try and get the device pinging sometime today so there's something to show.
by whitestone
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Small cheap camera
Replies: 21
Views: 418

Re: Small cheap camera

Phil, just have a look around at "last year's models" you don't want the latest mega-pixel variants. Also, the more "features" you have then the cameras tend to get bigger. Ranges like the Canon Ixus are small and easily fit into a pocket. Ffordes is a good shout - they've been going years, I rememb...
by whitestone
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Another sleeping bag question
Replies: 8
Views: 297

Re: Another sleeping bag question

The EN ratings assume you are wearing a base layer of some sort (I think the tests actually use a shell suit on the mannequin) so if you want to sleep in the buff then they'll feel a bit colder :wink: Just what works for you depends on whether you are a warm or cold sleeper - start with the "limit" ...
by whitestone
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 668
Views: 47546

Re: What you done t' your bike today

So yesterday I went for a shakedown ride on the Spearfish. Just as well I did. Towards the end the chain began skipping on the top two gears. Got home, cleaned the bike then it began chucking it down so got the bike in and I'd oil things today. Got the bike out this morning and ... https://i.imgur.c...
by whitestone
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 218
Views: 5905

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Huw went back and did it again properly this time - 18:23. Hats off. Went out for a shakedown ride on the bike I'll be using next week. I did 70km and 1200m ascent at what turned out to be very approximately the same pace as Huw's CL pace - chuffin' hell :shock: Doing that for four times as long is...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 143
Views: 3417

Re: BB200 2020

Not entered yet. Going to wait until after the Cairngorms Loop and see how I get on with that before deciding on whether to do the 200 or the 300.