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by whitestone
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Video *FULL LENGTH THIS TIME* WRT May 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 651

Re: New Video *FULL LENGTH THIS TIME* WRT May 2019

They aren't checkpoints on the WRT Shaf, just grid refs that you might consider visiting.
by whitestone
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?
Replies: 26
Views: 327

Re: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?

I should say I've the Oregon 600, my wife has the Oregon 700. The only "problem" I have with the 600 is that even though it has Bluetooth it isn't supported in the iOS Garmin Connect app so I have to wait until I can transfer the recorded files via USB to see them in Strava and the like. No big deal...
by whitestone
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 314
Views: 37474

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Steve, if you use Strava then there's a VV plug-in that overlays Strava's map on their route creator so you can create a route that definitely (maybe) visits the requisite squares. Save the route then export as GPX or TCX, load on your device and follow it.
by whitestone
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?
Replies: 26
Views: 327

Re: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?

Dave - I keep meaning to generate my own maps off the OSM data, is there a suitable walk-through anywhere? Basically I'd like better defined colours and contrast for woods, bridleways and the like. Aging eyesight needs all the help it can get :roll:
by whitestone
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?
Replies: 26
Views: 327

Re: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?

I’d rather keep the battery on my phone for making calls if I need to. Plus it isn’t paid for yet :wink: Another Oregon user here for off-road. 18-20 hours on a charge, plus runs off AA batteries so easy to source. OS or OSM maps, big screen In contrast to others I’ve found my Garmins to be fine. My...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yet another quilts conundrum
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Yet another quilts conundrum

Mat wise I've an Exped Synmat Winterlite and my wife has a Synmat Hyperlite. We've used them in the arctic at minus silly degrees (probably -12C or so) with no ill effects. I've not used any of the Exped Downmats so can't comment on them. On our first visit to the Arctic quite a few were only using ...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yet another quilts conundrum
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Yet another quilts conundrum

It's what I do with a PHD Minim 200 and Cumulus 150. During summer I'll use the quilt and my wife uses the bag. Come the cooler months she uses her Cumulus 350 quilt and I use the Minim inside the 150. We've bivvied at -6C with this setup. I've the older style of Cumulus quilt which aren't as wide a...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Trailstaralike
Replies: 7
Views: 290

Re: Trailstaralike

I'd echo the consideration of the SMD Gatewood Cape. I got one and now it seems to get used mainly by my wife :lol: It's the same weight as the Alpkit R-g3.5 so you won't save weight there but you could use a much lighter bivy bag should you need bug protection. You also only need one pole rather th...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 - luggage options
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Lakeland 200 - luggage options

I'm assuming the Krampus is either your only bike or your preferred bike. 16kgs is a lot. Like you I normally try to get everything on the bike but the Lakeland 200 is pretty rough. With that in mind I'd be tempted to use a small Camelbak type sack for water, tools/spares and waterproof jacket. Then...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:10 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

The "Patagucci" moniker was certainly in use amongst climbers in the late 1980s, didn't think trends took that long to reach Oz! :lol: (sorry Scott!) The outdoor "boutique" brands such as (The) North Face all seem to be those that got bought out by larger businesses and the shareholders wanted more ...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Whats the most dangerous (legal UK) Rd you've ridden?
Replies: 31
Views: 704

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

Lindisfarne Causeway? Tide in or tide out? Then again you are only on it for a few seconds when you've a tailwind and going for a Strava KOM :lol: One road that regularly features on "The most dangerous roads in Britain" lists is the A682 between Gisburn and Long Preston. Unfortunately there's about...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pack rafting Sept 20/21/22 in North Wales - 5 ranges of pack rafts to test for free
Replies: 66
Views: 2676

Re: Pack rafting Sept 20/21/22 in North Wales - 5 ranges of pack rafts to test for free

John, for the bread and beer is it just bring the dough ( :roll: ) to pay on the day or does it need to be paid upfront? Cath and I would like to attend both sessions.
by whitestone
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 230
Views: 10995

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Replaced the gear cables on Cath's road bike. All was going well until I needed to tape the cable outers to the handlebars - could I find my roll of electrical tape? Could I ****! Down to the hardware store in the village to grab a couple of rolls of same (75p per roll :wink: ) only to find on the w...
by whitestone
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Coldest winter in 30 years.
Replies: 19
Views: 761

Re: Coldest winter in 30 years.

Well this morning's been one of those: "Want some different weather? Just wait!" sort of mornings. 8am and there was about 100m visibility through the horizontal rain, it's now just about wall to wall sunshine :-bd The tabloids love their frenzied, froth inducing headlines but I wouldn't trust them ...
by whitestone
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Yorkshire Dales 200
Replies: 27
Views: 1895

Re: Yorkshire Dales 200

Shaf - just remembered that there aren't many resupply points or cafés on the 2016 route: café at Feizor (50km); Moorcock Inn at 100km; café, shops, chippy at Hawes (126km); shops at Grassington at 160km. Depends how comfortable you are in getting water/soft drinks from a pub I suppose - it's the on...
by whitestone
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Yorkshire Dales 200
Replies: 27
Views: 1895

Re: Yorkshire Dales 200

I've done them all Shaf so you should be able to find them on my Strava feed. Stuart changed/changes the 200 each year so any will do. As Phil says, 2016 was probably the nicest, from memory it wasn't quite 200km - more like 185km. The 300 originally had a different start and finish but part of the ...
by whitestone
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1407

Re: Bonkers time triallists

Apparently the vehicles speeding past suck you along a bit, so faster times on a dual carriageway. There's both a push and pull effect which is why support cars on the time trials in pro races (TdF, Giro, Vuelta, etc) have to stay a certain distance behind the rider. I've marshalled on a local time...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ULV
Replies: 18
Views: 485

Re: ULV

htrider wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:08 pm
GTF
Isn't that a fuel additive? :???:
by whitestone
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hilleberg Akto
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: Hilleberg Akto

Thanks for the replies, as it happens the Exeter branch of Taunton Leisure has a light weight tent display starting tomorrow (sat) It is only about 40 miles from me so will hopefully be able to try out a few tiny tents for size. Simple pitching is a must, cold, wet and knackered, blowing horizontal...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: MSR Trailshot Woes - fixed?
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: MSR Trailshot Woes - fixed?

One other thing I came across was an update from an MSR rep about the cleaning regimen. It's unfortunate that whoever sent you this filter failed to make it very clear that every time you use this filter it should be shaken, very vigorously, for a minimum of 30 seconds. If you do this, you will not ...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: MSR Trailshot Woes - fixed?
Replies: 7
Views: 315

MSR Trailshot Woes - fixed?

I've had a Trailshot for some time but I've never really had good throughput. Cath got herself one last year and the difference between the two was night and day - whereas the claimed 1 litre per minute throughput was probably achievable with hers, mine was more like 100ml per min. Summat's up :sad:...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hilleberg Akto
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: Hilleberg Akto

Hilleberg always get good reviews and press and have done for twenty years or more so they are definitely quality. There's always compromises when dealing with any tent and it just depends what you are prepared to put up with. For instance: the Akto is about 10cm too low for me to comfortably sit up...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?
Replies: 58
Views: 1647

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

It will be interesting to see if this increases usage of the PBW. We live pretty close to it (we're a little way SW of Skipton) and it's rare to see any tyre tracks on those sections away from the main MTB centres. In fact there's very little evidence of usage by the horse riding fraternity either -...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: (Some) people are dicks
Replies: 16
Views: 723

Re: (Some) people are dicks

It's another aspect of tribalism. A university did an experiment - they knew that there were significant numbers of both Man Utd and Liverpool supporters amongst the students (both teams have "red" shirts but they are different shades of red) so they arranged for a "victim" to collapse on campus and...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: bikepacking in the Elan Valley
Replies: 30
Views: 743

Re: bikepacking in the Elan Valley

Peter, my comment about the mug in my original post was deliberately sardonic and leading, hence the bait line for Stu which he neatly avoided :wink: Personally I don't think it's a bad video, at least it's not one of those "we had to become lost to find ourselves" navel gazing videos. I can't remem...