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by whitestone
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: YD300 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 4187

Re: YD300 2021

That's only the 2nd time I have ridden the YD300 - and I forgot how brutal a route it is. The scenery is fantastic, the remoteness of some sections brilliant. Lots of relics of our industrial heritage (mining everywhere) incredibly interesting. But blimey - it's either up, down or flat and rough. E...
by whitestone
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: YD300 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 4187

Re: YD300 2021

I suddenly have a horrible feeling that there was a way back to Skipton without going over that bloody hill and that my Garmin was just trying to screw me over. You just follow the road down the valley to get to Skipton, looking at your Strava you went back over Halton Heights, basically turn right...
by whitestone
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Heavier Duty "Packable" Jacket
Replies: 17
Views: 343

Re: Heavier Duty "Packable" Jacket

Richard G wrote: Sun Aug 01, 2021 7:40 pm The offset zip on that is properly triggering me. :???:
Makes a lot of sense - it doesn't get under your chin and irritate you. Lowe Alpine used to do a fleece with a zip that angled up to the collarbone for the same reason. Also means the zips on different layers aren't aligned.
by whitestone
Sun Aug 01, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why eTrex Over Edge?
Replies: 30
Views: 397

Re: Why eTrex Over Edge?

A few years ago the feature sets on the Edge series and the Etrex/Oregon models was quite different but they seem to have converged quite a bit over the years. I've an Edge 520 and an Oregon 600. The Oregon is my preferred bikepacking model: it's a better screen; having multiple maps isn't a problem...
by whitestone
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spotted in Smiths today ...
Replies: 43
Views: 981

Re: Spotted in Smiths today ...

GCN put up a recent video entitled: "Who's to blame for gravel?". OK a bit click baity but one point made during the video was that the United States has roughly 4 million miles of road. Of which 1.4 million miles are unsurfaced, i.e. "gravel". Yes, that's 1.4 million miles which...
by whitestone
Sat Jul 31, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: YD300 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 4187

Re: YD300 2021

Well about 30 set off on the two routes. Looked like a certain Mr Rothwell meant business - he was carrying less than I carry on a day ride! Then again at the pace he goes it might just be a day ride for him.

Currently quite cool with occasional light showers.
by whitestone
Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spotted in Smiths today ...
Replies: 43
Views: 981

Re: Spotted in Smiths today ...

ton wrote: Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:10 pm i bought it yesterday. i always buy 1 magazine a month. for toilet reading. :-bd
And I thought Izal had gone the way of the dodo :lol:
by whitestone
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: YD300 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 4187

Re: YD300 2021

Yeah there’s a couple of Cam Heads :roll:

Top of the Roman Road climb up from Bainbridge, across the top and where you leave the tarmac there’s plenty of flat ground.

On Great Wold you need to get to just about the top of the climb before there’s any flat ground
by whitestone
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: YD300 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 4187

Re: YD300 2021

Unrelated, I'm really hoping to make it to Dent Head Viaduct / Cowgill (~115 miles) the first day. Anywhere near there that might be good to stop (tent)? Plenty of spots at the top of Cam Head just before you get there, it's only a fifteen minute descent to get to Cowgill viaduct from there. There'...
by whitestone
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: YD300 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 4187

Re: YD300 2021

Felt pretty cold here today, but then a week ago it was nearly 20C warmer!

Is anyone in town tomorrow night? Richard was talking about being at The Railway (next to Tesco). We might pop down for a chat and a beer. Or a beer and a chat.
by whitestone
Thu Jul 29, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Different Size Schnozzels?!?
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: Different Size Schnozzels?!?

It's just the bags themselves that are different sizes not the valve - I think Exped have a standard valve diameter and profile across their range.

From the three ranges it looks like the yellow and green ones are both 20D material (maybe an error in the stated spec) whereas the orange ones are 70D.
by whitestone
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The next big thing in bike packing.
Replies: 18
Views: 536

Re: The next big thing in bike packing.

FB so don’t read any of it :grin:
by whitestone
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why?
Replies: 16
Views: 592

Re: Why?

1. Prevents moisture getting inside the mat.

2. I run out of puff :oops:

3. It's fun to say Schnozzle :-bd
by whitestone
Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cross Fell (picture heavy)
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Cross Fell (picture heavy)

RIP wrote: Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:44 am Nice that. Liked the bike racks!
There was another at the other end of the BW where it met the Dun Fell access road and the Pennine Way. Really bizarre. I can only assume that they were part of a grant scheme.
by whitestone
Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cross Fell (picture heavy)
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Cross Fell (picture heavy)

With an apparently closing weather window it looked like the northern Pennines would stay driest for longest so I planned a route around Cross Fell and Great Dun Fell (the one that goes all Spinal Tap in Simon Warren's 100 climbs book). We thought that the route followed the zig-zag line up the fell...
by whitestone
Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Great Dunn Fell/Silverband Mine
Replies: 21
Views: 734

Re: Great Dunn Fell/Silverband Mine

Just got back.

Let's just say it was warm and there ain't much water in the becks!

Trip report - viewtopic.php?f=10&t=20380
by whitestone
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The minimum you would take for 1 night out?
Replies: 21
Views: 542

Re: The minimum you would take for 1 night out?

Well last night was: hammock, tarp, quilt and a cheap synthetic throw/blanket as a "mat" - the house is just too hot at the moment to be comfortable at night so headed down the garden :-bd
by whitestone
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quilt recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 191

Re: Quilt recommendations

Pretty much as Cheeky states. It's worth knowing how closely aligned your sleeping comfort/limit temperatures are with those claimed by the manufacturers. I'm lucky in that I'm within a degree or so so I'm fine with what's stated. IME Cumulus are about right with their quilts but if you are a cold s...
by whitestone
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Great Dunn Fell/Silverband Mine
Replies: 21
Views: 734

Re: Great Dunn Fell/Silverband Mine

Holy thread resurrection Batman! Just looking at something to do this weekend before the weather closes in and it looks like the North Lakes and the Cross Fell area might be the last area to get wet. Also since we've had a pretty dry spell I think any boggy bits are going to be as dry as they'll eve...
by whitestone
Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Matt goes to King Alfreds Way
Replies: 25
Views: 467

Re: Matt goes to King Alfreds Way

It will get them going on the FB page when they find out, they deleted the post about the last fast ride, anything under 4 days is reckless by their reckoning :roll: Bloody hell! We sauntered around in three days and that was with several long pub stops plus searching out ice cream shops and cafés ...
by whitestone
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: It's hard enough to walk down.
Replies: 16
Views: 517

Re: It's hard enough to walk down.

Ouch that looked like a sore one for sure. Pretty fast recovery though walking in 3 weeks - I guess he's getting treatment privately through Red Bull but even so.... Someone tell him he should take up bikepacking! It's amazing how little fuss they make over a femur break now. There were guys in and...
by whitestone
Sun Jul 18, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: It's hard enough to walk down.
Replies: 16
Views: 517

Re: It's hard enough to walk down.

RIP wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 5:02 pm it's an interesting pub question.
TBH Reg it isn't.

Either everyone is deserving of help/rescue or no-one is.
by whitestone
Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Giving up booze
Replies: 49
Views: 783

Re: Giving up booze

I've been very varied in alcohol consumption, way too much in my late teens and early twenties, but have then had periods of near total abstinence - I think 18 months was the longest. We usually do the "token" dry January but this year it extended a bit - to the end of April! I even had a ...
by whitestone
Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: YD300 2021
Replies: 137
Views: 4187

Re: YD300 2021

In Dentdale it seems to follow a short section of public footpath. I recall getting here in 2016 (at 5am) and looking at the stile and thinking 'nah' and just went on the road. I've always gone along the road, I'm usually hitting there at an unsociable hour and there's a campsite in one of the fiel...
by whitestone
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Somewhere between 8 and 22.
Replies: 35
Views: 634

Re: Somewhere between 8 and 22.

Oh

Image

A man can never have too many stoves :-bd