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by Rasta
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any 3 person winter tent deals going...
Replies: 25
Views: 370

Re: Any 3 person winter tent deals going...

If you want to have fun with the kids, make a wigwam. These are made with a very cheap but strong plastic tarp. Have a look at videos made by bushcrafters. They don't call them wigwams though, usually some trendy, macho name like Finnish hunter's tent (made that up). If made properly, they are serio...
by Rasta
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hate to bring it up again but ...
Replies: 108
Views: 2190

Re: Hate to bring it up again but ...

I take it you live in the countryside?

Maybe Donald Dumbasfuck lives in a city with no outdoor space. Maybe the virus has cost him his job, wife, house.....

Maybe D D is screaming at the walls. Maybe DD is going to top himself........?
by Rasta
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Off Topic: bird feeders. Wot you got?
Replies: 28
Views: 489

Re: Off Topic: bird feeders. Wot you got?

Bump!

I'd rather talk about maggots than bikes. \:d/
by Rasta
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Off Topic: bird feeders. Wot you got?
Replies: 28
Views: 489

Re: Off Topic: bird feeders. Wot you got?

I've just finished reading The Running Hare by John Lewis-Stempel. It's not about birds but has a lot of bird stuff in it. He explains why we are losing birds in the UK. A good read if you like nature. You can buy mealworms on Amazon, meant for pub snacks. They are dehydrated though. Popular with pe...
by Rasta
Sun Dec 20, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Off Topic: bird feeders. Wot you got?
Replies: 28
Views: 489

Re: Off Topic: bird feeders. Wot you got?

I did some research this year to try to get robins to eat from my hand. Though I didn't complete the task. Maybe someone can confirm - Mealworms are vegetarians. Maggots are carnivores. Cheap budget mealworms are maggots in disguise. Badly raised maggots introduce nasty diseases to the birds. Covid ...
by Rasta
Thu Dec 17, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bikepacking in Georgia - 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Bikepacking in Georgia - 2018

:-bd

But I'm not going unless you post some pics :smile:
by Rasta
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Swimming
Replies: 29
Views: 854

Re: Swimming

Are you in the sea up there? :shock: I think that warming up afterwards is the secret to enjoying a cold water swim. At least for me. Lots of 'talk' about getting into a warm car being the slowest way. ie warming from the outside to in. Exercise and a pot noodle being the quickest. Running hill spri...
by Rasta
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Swimming
Replies: 29
Views: 854

Re: Swimming

Verena wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:56 pm
Absolutely not related to bikepacking
It is :-bd
I plan my routes to get in as many swims as I can. I nearly always take my trunks on a ride. Just in case the rain and mud don't get me wet and cold enough. :grin:
by Rasta
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Swimming
Replies: 29
Views: 854

Re: Swimming

Looks like Loch Morlich. If it is, I was in there last week. It was my coldest swim ever. I think it was 5°C. I measure it with my appendage shrinkage. Morlich gave me a camel toe! :???: Luckily the other lochs in the area are a bit warmer 8-10°C. Thinking about getting a swim wetsuit, but they are ...
by Rasta
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pack rafts - Please may I ask?
Replies: 53
Views: 1260

Re: Pack rafts - Please may I ask?

If you need someone to test the other one? :grin:

I have been paddling out to islands and camping with the hammock a few times last month. No bike though. Will be going again next week. Maybe the islands on Loch Morar or Loch Awe. With an inflatable canoe (Gumotex) not a packraft.
by Rasta
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bothies and covid
Replies: 20
Views: 718

Re: Bothies and covid

A couple of years ago I went to the 'shelter stone' in the Cairngorms. Just as it got dark, 3 lads turned up with sleeping bags. And a bottle of whisky each. Very friendly and offered to share. I chose to practice my night navigation out of there. But you can't beat a bad night's sleep than in an Al...
by Rasta
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Underquilt extra warmth?
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Re: Underquilt extra warmth?

The bubble wrap is the windscreen shield I mentioned. If you look at my snow shelter post, you can see that not much extra gear is needed - assuming you are wearing most of it. This was a remote trip, not a local park. For the hammock, the only extra, is the quilt. 900g. Compressed to about 2ltrs. h...
by Rasta
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race...
Replies: 37
Views: 1350

Re: Atlas Mountain Race...

=)) =)) =)) =))

I love the seriousness of the replies. Cracks me up. :lol:
by Rasta
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Underquilt extra warmth?
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Re: Underquilt extra warmth?

Therein lies the problem: we'll post photos or quote weights for superlight kit but that's generally for summer. You can't get away with that in winter, stuff is just bulky if not necessarily heavy and you've more of it. It would be good to see some winter hammock setups at the end of this winter.
by Rasta
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Underquilt extra warmth?
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Re: Underquilt extra warmth?

Thanks for the replies. I am going to try and get through the winter with the hammock. It'll be a good project - if I survive. I think I should clear up that I am not a hammock novice. Maybe, plus 150 nights, but mostly in jungles and without a bike. I probably hated all those nights as I turn aroun...
by Rasta
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race...
Replies: 37
Views: 1350

Re: Atlas Mountain Race...

Did I mention black panthers? :o Not joking.

The problem with BPs is that the victim's body is rarely found. Which means insurance policies don't have to pay out.
Make sure you get a policy that covers black panthers. :-bd
by Rasta
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Underquilt extra warmth?
Replies: 18
Views: 574

Underquilt extra warmth?

I have finally got round to using an underquilt. OneTigris £35 off Amazon. There was another OneTigris for £45 but I couldn't see any difference except price and colour. It's getting colder obviously (Scotland). So I put my windscreen sun reflector (silver foil with bubbles) in between and then a li...
by Rasta
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race...
Replies: 37
Views: 1350

Re: Atlas Mountain Race...

I hope this reply doesn't get misinterpreted or seen as scaremongering. :smile: I have been to Morocco 4 times. 2 of which were month long cycle trips in desert areas. Camping out most nights with an interest in wild living/bushcraft. See my trip report. I saw some videos of the last race which show...
by Rasta
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hammock underquilt advise please
Replies: 42
Views: 1658

Re: Hammock underquilt advise please

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50245395892_de78dc4ac9_c.jpg Amazon River by Hola Siesta , on Flickr I thought that I was very experienced with using a hammock. Looks like I have a lot to learn still. Great! The picture shows my hammock (somewhere in there) of my five night trip up the Amazon. ...
by Rasta
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hammock underquilt advise please
Replies: 42
Views: 1658

Re: Hammock underquilt advise please

UKhammocks - I can't find it on the Internet. :???:

The Alpkit quilt - is there a site which shows you how to modify it?

Also it is only 180cm. I am a lot taller. Any recommendations on a longer one? Light and downy.

Cheers.
by Rasta
Thu Aug 13, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tubeless valve question?
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Tubeless valve question?

Thanks for that.
I tried various o-rings but failed. Shame, because the tyre sealed perfectly. Had to put an innertube in.
by Rasta
Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tubeless valve question?
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Tubeless valve question?

I have a Mavic Crossride wheel that I want to use tubeless. I've taped it and that seems to be working. With the Mavic tubeless valve, the thread on the sealing collar does not screw down enough to compress the rubber o-ring seal. There was a collar that was fitted into the rim's valve hole. But thi...
by Rasta
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's The Furthest You've Had To Walk Back Due To A Mechanical?
Replies: 23
Views: 933

Re: What's The Furthest You've Had To Walk Back Due To A Mechanical?

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Amberley to Worthing starting at 10pm. South Downs Way.
About 20km. Lots of owls.
by Rasta
Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: North to South Wales
Replies: 11
Views: 640

Re: North to South Wales

Thanks for the station replies. Sorry for the hijack. :smile:
by Rasta
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: North to South Wales
Replies: 11
Views: 640

Re: North to South Wales

I can't use/see gpx at the moment.

But can I ask -

Nearest big train stations either end?
% road/off road?
Brothels?

Cheers.