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by JoseMcTavish
Sat Dec 12, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: For those who use Exposure lights.
Replies: 19
Views: 654

Re: For those who use Exposure lights.

Another Joystick user here and like Bob, I got round the HT550 with over 50% charge left. I never bothered to bring the charging cable as I didn't expect to ride much in the night due to the time of year, but I did use it for longer than expected over 5 nights - though I cheated one night by just ri...
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any winter under-helmet hat deals spotted?
Replies: 38
Views: 920

Re: Any winter under-helmet hat deals spotted?

I 've been using these for a few years now and am so pleased with it I bought an extra in case they stopped making them! https://www.trekbikes.com/gb/en_GB/bike-clothing/cycling-caps-headwear/bontrager-thermal-cycling-cap/p/25037/?colorCode=black Works particularly well for me and my big head as it'...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Let's have a photo competition.
Replies: 67
Views: 2147

Re: Let's have a photo competition.

On the way home from my November BAM, not sure whether it's my final entry...
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by JoseMcTavish
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 923
Views: 57054

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Snap... https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/1ds04Rm34dV4JAnapsKTuFzrwqQh886u3WrD61JdfciCAORPgM1ABYwyubEta7pGu_RUaLe9kU1uCN-mGSSpm2c_EmTxvxFQSEcczaJnQqvMfYDinSesHOo5LzOYKITG5eYooYtO7g=w1920-h1080 You didn't lose a pair of black bike mitts on that track did you? A long shot I know, but I have them if y...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 923
Views: 57054

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Great loop that. I've done most of it a couple of times, but going via Loch Pattack. I like your extended version. Glen Banchor could be added too, along with the Loch Cuaich bit. I reckon anti-clockwise would work better? Oh - and did you not stop at the Skyspace at Craiganour? I did fancy going u...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 923
Views: 57054

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Loving that gloop! Just need some proper cold weather to freeze it up nicely... Really need to get my act together for BAM additions. Here's August's effort which involved some gravelling in a big circle around Loch Ericht. Inasupicious start at the head of Glen Garry http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-c...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Festive 500 in a oner?
Replies: 40
Views: 1159

Re: Festive 500 in a oner?

I'd always written this off, as I'd feel bad being away from the kids for long enough to get the miles. However I did manage it a couple of years back when I had to work the days between Christmas and New Year, meaning I could get a lot of miles by adding to my commute in the morning and evening, pl...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Taunus bikepacking/ Taunus Teaser
Replies: 11
Views: 642

Re: Taunus bikepacking/ Taunus Teaser

Enjoyed that, I could feel the late summer warmth emanating from the page...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats the go to insulated jacket?
Replies: 21
Views: 896

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: 923
Views: 57054

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: 613

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: 923
Views: 57054

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: 505

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: 1674

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: 1674

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: 250
Views: 11381

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: 250
Views: 11381

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: 765

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: 250
Views: 11381

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: 250
Views: 11381

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: 250
Views: 11381

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: 700

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: 1387

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: 798

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: 250
Views: 11381

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...