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by ChrisS
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: closing national parks, and imposing fines?
Replies: 62
Views: 4962

Re: closing national parks, and imposing fines?

Pity Police Scotland aren't doing the same. I'm hearing tales of visitors and second home owners turning up throughout the Highlands - in some cases emptying shops like a plague of locusts I haven't seen this in the Lomond & Trossachs NP - at least the bit where I live. My village is a "ga...
by ChrisS
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: tarp game
Replies: 24
Views: 2349

Re: tarp game

Not used the latter in anger yet but garden tests (the front left peg was in a plant pot!) indicate it's easier to get in and out of and gives you more headroom where you need it. i.e. your head :roll: I can go from lying down to sat up without my head touching the tarp material so handy when there...
by ChrisS
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: tarp game
Replies: 24
Views: 2349

Re: tarp game

Wah hey! https://i.ibb.co/HN4198y/20200404-182053.jpg As above but pole offset - my favourite so far Also my favourite after some more playing around on Saturday - easy to pitch but loads of protection and headroom. I think I have the same tarp and guyed out that central lifter to a shorter pole fo...
by ChrisS
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

DDhammocks are still delivering (though the order went in pre-lockdown). Alpkit seem to be too.
by ChrisS
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Knots
Replies: 12
Views: 1311

Re: Knots

Now on the half pyramid, I like this one #homeschooling #outdoorlearning
by ChrisS
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Knots
Replies: 12
Views: 1311

Re: Knots

Excellent :-bd

Actually under the tarp right now in the back garden with the kids. We’ve gone for a simple A frame to start. Lots of bowlines and a couple of clove hitches deployed.
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 14184

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

No surprises that the HT 2020 group start has now been officially cancelled.

I had a place but plan to take up Alan’s offer of a deferred spot on the 2021 start. Anyone else?

I’m looking at it positively, it’s an extra year to prepare :)
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

Agree with Ben on this. As well as tallish I'm rather wide-ish and like my room, so a 3mx3m DD Hammocks Superlight Large has been my tarp de choice for the past 3-4 years. Cheap at £60 and light enough at 500g. It works in any sort of pitch and give loads of coverage, and it's been perfect for hamm...
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

whitestone wrote: Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:08 pm 2.8x1.5 seems very elongated, what's the model or is it a MYO?
It's the DDHammocks superlight small.

Thanks for all the pics. I think I'll start off with the dropped A frame using some trekking poles which will be a good way of experimenting with different pole heights.
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

Bearbonesnorm wrote: Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:03 pm Half pyramid - dead quick to set-up (some may remember me doing it while blindfold at the WRT some years ago. Decent coverage on 3 sides, good headroom and pretty stable.
I like that setup, looks cosy! Thanks for the pole tip :)
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Lockdown tarp talk

My new tarp arrived this week, just in time for the lockdown. As there'll be no big rides or overnighters for a bit I'm going to practise in the garden instead and maybe throw in some garden bivying with the kids when the weather warms a bit. A couple of questions... 1. I need a pole for the tarp. I...
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Project Virus
Replies: 67
Views: 5944

Re: Project Virus

I'm working from home - full on 10-hour shifts from the dining room table, but I'll need to head into the office at some point next week and will have a "permission to travel" letter from my employer confirming I'm a key worker. Hopefully I won't need it, but it's there just in case there'...
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: First tick of 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: First tick of 2020

I found a tick on my daughter's neck the weekend before Christmas! This is in central Scotland. There's not much of an off season these days...
by ChrisS
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DD Hammocks tarps
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: DD Hammocks tarps

They allow you to attach a line to "lift" the tarp to give you extra room. Have a search on the review part of this site and look for "tarp", Stu did a series of posts on how to create various pitches. Best to figure out what you want/works for you and practice those one or two....
by ChrisS
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DD Hammocks tarps
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: DD Hammocks tarps

Thanks @Shewie and @landslide. Sounds like it's worth a punt.
by ChrisS
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DD Hammocks tarps
Replies: 8
Views: 924

Re: DD Hammocks tarps

I think the main difference between it and the Alpkit version is that the Alpkit has a couple of extra lifters along the centre of the minor axis. Whether that's important to you is another matter and probably depends on what pitches you prefer to use. I confess I've only ever attempted to pitch a ...
by ChrisS
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DD Hammocks tarps
Replies: 8
Views: 924

DD Hammocks tarps

Has anyone used DD Hammocks? Looking at the superlight small, which seems bigger, lighter and cheaper than the competition, so wondering if there's a catch...

https://www.ddhammocks.com/product/dd_superlight_tarp_s
by ChrisS
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: If you were offered sponsorship...
Replies: 64
Views: 6864

Re: If you were offered sponsorship...

Not quite the same as a sponsored rider, but I did run an outdoorsy podcast that was sponsored for a couple of years by Alpkit. It meant I didn't need to run the podcast at a loss (travel, hosting costs, etc) and could invest a bit in audio gear or other specific kit needed for an episode. In return...
by ChrisS
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: SD300 ITT
Replies: 12
Views: 2045

Re: SD300 ITT

Great write-up, Sean. Thanks for the story and well done on the ride!
by ChrisS
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorm Loops 300
Replies: 29
Views: 5406

Re: Cairngorm Loops 300

Nice one Colin, sorry the weather was so bad. Not sure I would have made it out the car park. I really did get lucky with the weather a few weeks ago.
by ChrisS
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Re: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop

touch wrote: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:19 pm Nice writeup. You got a great weekend for it. I came over Ryvoan pass in the direction of Glenmore and at the green loch around 15:45 so I must have been close to passing you.
Probably missed each other by 10 mins or so. Hope you had a good ride!
by ChrisS
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Re: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop

Thanks all :grin:

Sean - I think I'd actually tape the SD card in place if I was using a similar GPS again. The metal flap on the model I borrowed (Dakota 20) was very loose and it was only the weight of the batteries holding the card in place.
by ChrisS
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Re: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop

Cheeky Monkey wrote: Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:46 pm That's a lovely shot of Glen Feshie :-bd
Thanks :-bd
slarge wrote: Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:51 pm I might suggest a better choice of music and you'll fly round :-bd
:lol: Fair
by ChrisS
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Re: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop

whitestone wrote: Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:48 pm Anyway, all this is WAAAAAAY off topic :grin:
True! And BTW, my interest in ITTs was much inspired by your blogposts on the HT550 and other routes so thank you :-bd

I would love to give the HT550 a crack next year, but realise it's 3x length of the Cairngorms Loop!
by ChrisS
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop
Replies: 24
Views: 3749

Re: First ITT attempt: Cairngorms Loop

Hmmm, working for me on Safari and Chrome on a Mac. Not sure what the issue would be.