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by boxelder
Sun May 01, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cairngorm loop grp depart 2016
Replies: 252
Views: 26524

Re: Cairngorm loop grp depart 2016

Fraser's in the bothy (we hope)
by boxelder
Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2016 Highland Trail route.
Replies: 383
Views: 45681

Re: 2016 Highland Trail route.

Good life plan - they do entree pies, main course pies and pudding pies.
by boxelder
Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2016 Highland Trail route.
Replies: 383
Views: 45681

Re: 2016 Highland Trail route.

Image

http://www.lochinverlarder.co.uk/

They do mail order if serious about preparation?
by boxelder
Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cairngorm loop grp depart 2016
Replies: 252
Views: 26524

Re: Cairngorm loop grp depart 2016

The riding in the forests around Glen Feshie and Rothiemurchus are as 'weather-proof' as anything in Scotland - why not set off and re-assess when you reach the Kincraig area, or just do the outer loop. Plenty of bothies and warm hostelries.
by boxelder
Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cairngorm loop grp depart 2016
Replies: 252
Views: 26524

Re: Cairngorm loop grp depart 2016

Fraser - is that page easy to set up, or is there an easy way to make spot tracking work outside of event tracking pages? Anyone? Tracking is very hit and miss normally - only showing locations from which check in messages are sent.
by boxelder
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dynamo from Alpkit
Replies: 15
Views: 1428

Re: Dynamo from Alpkit

Every day's a school day - one less thingy tovtape into my seat post :-)
by boxelder
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dynamo from Alpkit
Replies: 15
Views: 1428

Re: Dynamo from Alpkit

@Trailrat - does the rear not need two lengths due to dish?
by boxelder
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

Can you edit out the red and white marker tape - seen enough of that for a while.......
by boxelder
Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

almost exactly at the halfway point (60 miles) there is a Nissen hut style building That would be here http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=353665&y=583102&z=120&sv=353665,583102&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=798&ax=353665&ay=583102&lm=0 but as padonbike says, Kershopehead bothy is only...
by boxelder
Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

Finished clearing the course markings at 7pm - so cold out there today! Well done folks - hardly any litter and not a single hint of abuse towards marshals (if you've ever marshalled, you'll know what I'm talking about). Most of the (minority) litter was on the delightful descent to the road before ...
by boxelder
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

There are only a couple of Km where an MTB is better suited. the vast majority is better suited to CX with big tyres. Less spray if it's wet too.
by boxelder
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

Tim, Did you access the room top left (above and left of the stair)? There's a vase of flowers in the window. I wasn't there long, but couldn't see how to get in. It is a really nice bothy - planning a trip with the kids. Andy p.s. plenty water at 60, 100 and 150 Km on the event, but the burns passe...
by boxelder
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

The brake pad eating stuff is only on certain tracks/trails, and mostly not on this route.
by boxelder
Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

Good deals on chalets and rooms at Calvert Trust, Cranecleugh. Ask for Hazel.
by boxelder
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

Count me in with an over night bivi at around 100km That would be Kershopehead bothy (almost exactly half way - let me know if you manage to access the 'spare room' with the vase of flowers in the window). It's haunted tha knows...... Don't fret about brake pads. As a survivor of the Kielder 101 in...
by boxelder
Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

Pleasantly undulatory.
by boxelder
Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

It's only 3140ish m of climbing.
Surfaces are mostly very good - smoothish and hardpacked (with some memorable 'chunkier sections').
Don't forget to keep your head up, as there's some great scenery and you're not surrounded by trees for that much of it.
Please let it be sunny and calm.....
by boxelder
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do real men have Highland Trail fears?
Replies: 37
Views: 4184

Re: Do real men have Highland Trail fears?

No midges at all last year. The problem was getting cold. I suspect several retirees realised on day 2 that they'd packed too light.
by boxelder
Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200
Replies: 11
Views: 1712

Re: Lakeland 200

Pooley Bridge has a bridge again (washed away by storm Desmond). L200 doable without a long detour or deep river crossing.
:-bd
by boxelder
Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event
Replies: 189
Views: 53135

Re: Dirty Reiver: 200k UK Gravel event

For those wanting to ITT the route, there are 3 bothies very close - approx 60km, 100km and 170km. Happy to share details here after April 16. It is 'gravel' though, so a distance challenge on fire roads and similar surfaces, suited to drop bar, 35-40mm tyre type bikes. MTB on fast rolling tyres wil...
by boxelder
Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Borders 350, 2016, Sat 2 July.
Replies: 29
Views: 10056

Re: Borders 350, 2016, Sat 2 July.

Is there a general map/gpx Ray? Fairly local for me potentially.
by boxelder
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Britain's toughest race
Replies: 23
Views: 1766

Re: Britain's toughest race

The 3PCX is, for the distance, pigging hard I'd say. You can't really back off can you? - everything on it feels a bit of a struggle. Is the HT550 really a race? More an individual challenge - clearly harder in the effort required, but not that intense (mostly). 2011 Kielder 100 was a long period of...
by boxelder
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2016 Highland Trail route.
Replies: 383
Views: 45681

Re: 2016 Highland Trail route.

If asking about the sunday of the event, stuff will be open in Fort Augustus, and Contin stores. There are a couple of cafes and a hotel between them. Plus Oykel Bridge Hotel for dinner?
by boxelder
Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2016 Highland Trail route.
Replies: 383
Views: 45681

Re: 2016 Highland Trail route.

This looks like a shot of the barn - http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4123962 That's very much a working barn - obviously in use for wood cutting last year. I stopped there for a brew and to warm up after a morning crossing of the Northern Loop. peat hags........in the dark....... Shiver me timbers...
by boxelder
Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Emergency phone
Replies: 16
Views: 1137

Re: Emergency phone

10 days (but does make all but texting /calling unusable)
:???:

So it's a clock?