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by whitestone
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Highland Tour - map 25 (picture heavy)
Replies: 8
Views: 143

Re: A Highland Tour - map 25 (picture heavy)

The push/hike-a-bike bit is pretty short. It's similar to the original HT route down the Abhainn Rath between Meanach and Staoineag bothies: ride a few metres then there's a ditch or a bit of bog. Once you get to the argocat track leading to Glen Uaig Lodge it's much easier but there's still some so...
by whitestone
Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ben Wyvis circuit
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Ben Wyvis circuit

That track round the NW of Ben Wyvis is a good find :-bd Drop a line to Alan Goldsmith and see if he wants to add it to the highland Trail! There's a potential track from Wyvis Lodge over to Loch Morie, there's then tracks from Kildermorie Lodge to Strath Rusdale and then Croik. Just plotted it: fr...
by whitestone
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Highland Tour - map 25 (picture heavy)
Replies: 8
Views: 143

Re: A Highland Tour - map 25 (picture heavy)

Yep, them's the buggers!
by whitestone
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quite 'lumpy'.
Replies: 14
Views: 259

Re: Quite 'lumpy'.

Is the extra 2 metres of descent due to being lowered into your grave? :lol:

I clocked 5520m of ascent on last year's BB200, the 2018 edition had 4600m and the 2016 had 4720m.
by whitestone
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Guisachan House and Glen Affric
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Guisachan House and Glen Affric

No problem Colin, understandable.

Sometimes, (re: the track from Cougie to Affric), you've just got to find things out for yourself :smile: :oops:

Didn't notice a school at Tomich, wasn't looking TBH, but there is one in Cannich. Was it what is now the tea rooms opposite the hotel?
by whitestone
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Toast
Replies: 32
Views: 437

Re: Toast

I used to have a toast "rack" that sat on top of my Optimus (possibly a Primus) stove. Think along the lines of a truncated pyramid and you are in the right ball park. I can't remember now if it was collapsable or not, would make sense if it was. You do need a decent amount of heat so I do...
by whitestone
Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ben Wyvis circuit
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Ben Wyvis circuit

Our final ride of our week in Scotland was a circuit around Ben Wyvis. As it happens this and Am Foachagach are the only two Munros north of the A835 I've yet to "bag", not today though. I'd plotted the route starting from Contin and going clockwise but we'd ended up camping in Dornoch fur...
by whitestone
Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Highland Tour - map 25 (picture heavy)
Replies: 8
Views: 143

Re: A Highland Tour - map 25 (picture heavy)

And part 2. It was a pretty warm and muggy night and the wee blighters were still out in force in the morning :shock: The Argocat track continued up the glen getting ever fainter until it ended at another gate in the middle of nowhere. https://i.imgur.com/W721Z2b.jpg https://i.imgur.com/HVFFygK.jpg ...
by whitestone
Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Highland Tour - map 25 (picture heavy)
Replies: 8
Views: 143

A Highland Tour - map 25 (picture heavy)

For those with an interest in maps there are several of the OS Landranger (1:50k) series up in Scotland that have very little in the way of human infrastructure, particularly paved roads. One such is sheet #25 "Glen Carron and Glen Affric". There's basically the main road from Achnasheen d...
by whitestone
Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Guisachan House and Glen Affric
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Guisachan House and Glen Affric

We've been up in Scotland for a week in the Cannich/Contin area. Here's our first ride. I've passed by Cannich a couple of times either reccying the HT550 or doing it so we decided to stop there a couple of nights and explore a bit as there's a few things to see if you aren't in a rush. We decided o...
by whitestone
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Blair Atholl to Ben Alder Cottage
Replies: 19
Views: 651

Re: Blair Atholl to Ben Alder Cottage

fatbikephil wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:52 pm :-bd
Although people who come up from that London to Scotland and get three days of sunshine on a randomly picked week should be banned from the forum (see to it Stu) and hunted down by a righteous citizenry
You are going to hate us. We’ve had a week of fine weather until last night 😊
by whitestone
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: So you are having a coffee…
Replies: 0
Views: 129

So you are having a coffee…

by whitestone
Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The demise of the Hydro bothy
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: The demise of the Hydro bothy

Oh, the gate at the bottom of the road is locked, very locked, I’ve a shot of the four padlocks :shock: but the gate at the side is easily wide enough for a bike.
by whitestone
Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The demise of the Hydro bothy
Replies: 3
Views: 220

The demise of the Hydro bothy

Had a chat with a chap from SSE the other day as we were approaching Orrin dam. The bothy and the land on which it stood was owned by SSE and they did the majority of the repairs. In recent years they’ve seen a big increase in anti social behaviour: the window would regularly be smashed even when it...
by whitestone
Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Thermarest Hyperion sleeping bag reviews
Replies: 14
Views: 361

Re: Thermarest Hyperion sleeping bag reviews

Cath’s a Cumulus 350 which she’s used down to -6C so will cope with most UK winter nights. That’s with an Exped Synmat. The 150 is fine for summer or (cough) racing but the 250 will suit more people for a longer season. It does depend on the ground you are on as to whether a mat can cope rather than...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BBXXX for dummies
Replies: 12
Views: 244

Re: BBXXX for dummies

A dirty boner, snigger, snigger :grin: For the BB200/300 routes. Basically a week or so before the ride Stu sends a GPX file to those (un)lucky enough to have a place. This shows the route you are to follow. Whether you *should* follow it is another matter. A bit of internet research should show you...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bamford Clough: green roads, permitted byways and what's taken to keep em open
Replies: 12
Views: 261

Re: Bamford Clough: green roads, permitted byways and what's taken to keep em open

"Green roads" don't have a legal definition, it's just a general term for those grassy (muddy?) lanes that didn't get tarmacked over during the 1930s. Some are BOATs, some are plain bridleways, some don't have any public access, a few might be "unclassified roads" which the local...
by whitestone
Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cold at night
Replies: 38
Views: 619

Re: Cold at night

.it's simply trying to mimic the properties of down Except when wet :wink: The way people harp on about this you'd think any down would be curled up in a ball quaking at the sight of a single drop of water mincing about on the horizon ten kilometres away! The last time I wore my lightweight down ja...
by whitestone
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Hope hubs for a gravel wheelset
Replies: 21
Views: 354

Re: Which Hope hubs for a gravel wheelset

IME complete diddly squit difference between 6-bolt and centrelock. You can fit a 6-bolt rotor to centrelock with an adaptor but not the other way round. Lock ring tool is the same as for Shimano cassettes so about the size of a walnut but you do need a spanner to use it. Rotors have a minimum thick...
by whitestone
Wed Sep 08, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 10149
Views: 1247110

Re: The post man's been ...

A copy of the latest edition of "42 Peaks, The Story of the Bob Graham Round"
by whitestone
Wed Sep 08, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 923
Views: 87093

Re: What you done t' your bike today

The cassette on the Spearfish was getting on a bit (just under 4000km apparently) and starting to jump under load. Managed to find a local bike shop with plenty of 11spd cassettes so it now has a shiny new 11-46T cassette :-bd The B-screw needed a little adjustment as the previous cassette was 11-42T.
by whitestone
Tue Sep 07, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cold at night
Replies: 38
Views: 619

Re: Cold at night

Thanks for the info and links above. With my limited googling I’ve seen that some of the model names are slightly different to those listed on the exped website, am I right to assume the ‘7’ just refers to the thickness of the mat? One other question (that really can wait until I have better signal...
by whitestone
Tue Sep 07, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cold at night
Replies: 38
Views: 619

Re: Cold at night

I don’t sleep so well on it. It’s too thick, inflating it with the bag thing is a pita and it’s just not that comfy. Why doesn’t anyone else appear to use them anymore - is it just the weight thing? IME (N=1 and all that) the lack of comfort could be two things. it's over-inflated. I find it best t...
by whitestone
Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cold at night
Replies: 38
Views: 619

Re: Cold at night

The Numo weighs 350g, an insulated Exped Synmat weighs 365g. Very similar packed size as well. Not even a contest. My wife's used a Synmat at -16C in the Arctic, way below it's claimed rating. Your biggest problem (apart from the cost) will be getting hold of one. Having had a standard width and now...