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by JoseMcTavish
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats the go to insulated jacket?
Replies: 21
Views: 802

Re: Whats the go to insulated jacket?

I have used my Montane Hydrogen Direct jacket to death over the last few years. The exposed Polartec Alpha fibres inside give an instant warmth when you put it on and it can shrug off a fair bit of rain too in a similar manner to a lightweight Buffalo jacket. I never take my Rab Microlight down jack...
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 699
Views: 42202

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

In my book, that's fine since you're setting out for a bivy on the the overnight at the end of the month. I've probably done the same myself plenty of times as I'm always away late for short overnighters. :-bd
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sol systems?? Anyone
Replies: 21
Views: 537

Re: Sol systems?? Anyone

I've had the Escape for a few years now and would say it's ideal for use in the manner Colin suggested, to get your head down for an hour or so on a big ride like the Cairngorms Loop. I also use it occasionally instead of a bivy/sleeping bag combo when temperatures overnight are in the teens, which ...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 699
Views: 42202

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Looking forward to reading Trep's post when I have a bit of time, as they're always a good read. However I am roughly two months behind on everything so here is my July BAM, which was a night out in Glen Quoich with one of the youngsters. http://highlanddrifter.com/bam-2020-july This was the day aft...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 route changes anyone got them so I can update!
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: HT550 route changes anyone got them so I can update!

Some great route intel there - do you think you prefer the latest changes to the previous sections?
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: An Turas Mor
Replies: 39
Views: 1161

Re: An Turas Mor

Must be fake news! I had a freaky deja vu moment where I looked down and noticed the moisture in the air condensing into droplets on the hairs on my arms in the exact same way as the previous ride years before.
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Sep 24, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: An Turas Mor
Replies: 39
Views: 1161

Re: An Turas Mor

Have been saving this up to read at leisure. Really enjoyed it as usual and am looking forward to doing bigger rides like this as the kids grow up. Funny how some places always have the same conditions. The Road to the Isles has had spectacular skies every time I've passed that way and the pylon tra...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 246
Views: 7938

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Yup, in September 2017 I finished 3rd and also last out of about 20 starters!

Here's Bob casually strolling across the Fords of Avon on the Saturday afternoon.

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by JoseMcTavish
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 246
Views: 7938

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

That's an increase of 8 over last year's September group start finishers! :-bd

Is the group start cursed? I'm not sure I've ever seen a group start without some "interesting" weather...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorms loop 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 503

Re: Cairngorms loop 2020

Yep, really enjoyed that - captured the despair of the Fealar Lodge section perfectly. At least you were quick enough to do it in daylight!
by JoseMcTavish
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 246
Views: 7938

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Cheers Colin, looks like he's set up camp on the handy patch by White Bridge. How's the weather been overnight up your way - forecast showed heavy rain? Can't decide if pulling an all-nighter in the rain is more depressing than trying to go to bed in it!
by JoseMcTavish
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 246
Views: 7938

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Morning update - looks like Sean has stuck with his non-stop strategy and gone right through the night, leapfrogging Steve and Bob who both looked to have bivvied just after Aviemore and are in Tomintoul in time for breakfast/restock. Sean has already passed through Braemar and doesn't look to have ...
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 246
Views: 7938

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Greetings from mission control: https://i.postimg.cc/d1dJ0tzf/IMG-20200912-182606-1280.jpg I was hoping to have a whole bunch of windows to stalk, but some people were selfishly more interested in actual bike riding than providing working links for me to live vicariously through them. :wink: All I k...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Small cheap camera
Replies: 21
Views: 529

Re: Small cheap camera

Very useful - just tried that with the power button on my Xiaomi Mi A2 and it did the same, ta :grin:
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Mine Camp - My Struggle. WRT 2020.
Replies: 34
Views: 929

Re: Mine Camp - My Struggle. WRT 2020.

Enjoyed that greatly, love a bit of historical detail for the landscape.
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: New to bike packing with a child
Replies: 18
Views: 614

Re: New to bike packing with a child

Loads of good points there, especially the snacks! I think the hardest thing is not to get too ambitious with your plans - what constitutes a successful trip to you won't necessarily match up with their opinion. Luckily, their threshold is much lower, as just going out for an adventure with a parent...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 246
Views: 7938

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Mine's the same, zooms in on Nashville, then flies across the Atlantic when the tracker's active. I find with Spotwalla, that if you just ignore it it works fine. I always spend ages messing about at the start of a ride I'm tracking, thinking it's not updating and re-adding the share address. The la...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 246
Views: 7938

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Really wish I could join you for this, but please feel free to stick up some tracking links at the weekend to keep us entertained. Unless Colin has got you sorted out for Trackleaders? For avoiding the Feshie crossings, I noticed an old picture looking back to the first crossing the other day which ...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: GRVL-bar bag... and stuff?
Replies: 8
Views: 307

Re: GRVL-bar bag... and stuff?

I agree, you've got the answer right there - just add a couple of Voile straps to the drybag and you're done. I used the exact same setup this weekend just gone: https://i.postimg.cc/4NfkQ3d1/52316672-Unknown-1280.jpg I've used the Alpkit drybag with a couple of straps much more than my harness or f...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Summer bivi... Luggage sizes
Replies: 15
Views: 520

Re: Summer bivi... Luggage sizes

I did a couple of bivies last year with minimal kit to see what I could get away with: http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/49416592_Unknown-1280-768x512.jpg This consisted of a Klymit Ultralite V pad, a SOL Escape bivy and my old silk sleeping bag liner. Think I had a light polarte...
by JoseMcTavish
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 699
Views: 42202

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Just trying to catch up here with my paltry efforts during lockdown. I really struggled to feel motivated with being limited to the back garden, but have got nothing but admiration for those who made the best of a bad lot and put in some highly entertaining posts in this thread! April - went for a p...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Would you risk it (for a biscuit)...
Replies: 26
Views: 748

Re: Would you risk it (for a biscuit)...

I reckon they've got a few months in them yet! :wink: This was only noticed after a few weeks of feeling the back end slide in the wet!

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It was hidden under the mudguards so I had no idea!
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Show us your SQUARE (please).
Replies: 62
Views: 1694

Re: Show us your SQUARE (please).

Living near the coast is a pain for grabbing squares, especially if nearly all your riding is from the house with a couple of hours to spare!

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One day my square will reach Aviemore and I will claim it for my own :wink:
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Not your usual bikepacking video.
Replies: 38
Views: 1547

Re: Not your usual bikepacking video.

Very well put together and brought a smile to my face, so they must be doing something right! :grin:
by JoseMcTavish
Fri May 22, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 9345

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

For anyone wanting to join in virtually this year:

https://www.bandok.com/VirtualEvents/HT550

You can also sign up for the Tour Divide amongst others, if you're super-keen!

This was linked to from the new HT550 site that Alan has under construction:

https://highlandtrail550.weebly.com/