Highland Trail 550 - 2020

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Richpips » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:22 pm

Just seen that Sofiane is in.

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Dave Barter » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:57 pm

Richpips wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:22 pm
Just seen that Sofiane is in.

You heard it here first....viewtopic.php?f=7&t=14885&p=186327#p186327
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by stevewaters » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:32 am

Richpips wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:22 pm
Just seen that Sofiane is in.
Yes - but what about Minipips ?

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by AlanG » Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:32 am

Nobody is "in" until they have made the £50 donation to the John Muir Trust and forwarded the receipt to me.
I'm pleased to say this new initiative seems to have been very well received so far.
I would never give a 14 year old a solo place on the group start!

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Jurassic pusher » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:51 am

If an application for the group start is not successful, does anyone know if you get a "thanks but no thanks" email? or if it is a case of silence tells the tale?
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by whitestone » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:09 am

Here's R J Sauer's account of his HT550 from 2016 - https://bikepacking.com/plog/highland-insomnia/ along with some stunning shots. And this ...
The Highlands always seem to have an encore. A never-ending setlist of scenery. Only a short distance along the trail, the plateau squeezes into a deep valley. I go numb immediately. This can’t be real. Even the sun seems to be taking its time to set, awestruck by its own illumination.

I stop. Perched front and center to a widescreen, panoramic masterpiece. Truly what must be one of the great gems of our world. I’ve never seen anything like it. A place where words and images are powerless. I strain my neck in either direction just to take it all in. It must be fake. Fiction. A fairytale.
If you've been there you'll know to within a metre or two of where he was standing.
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by padonbike » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:19 am

whitestone wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:09 am
Here's R J Sauer's account of his HT550 from 2016 - https://bikepacking.com/plog/highland-insomnia/ along with some stunning shots. And this ...
The Highlands always seem to have an encore. A never-ending setlist of scenery. Only a short distance along the trail, the plateau squeezes into a deep valley. I go numb immediately. This can’t be real. Even the sun seems to be taking its time to set, awestruck by its own illumination.

I stop. Perched front and center to a widescreen, panoramic masterpiece. Truly what must be one of the great gems of our world. I’ve never seen anything like it. A place where words and images are powerless. I strain my neck in either direction just to take it all in. It must be fake. Fiction. A fairytale.
If you've been there you'll know to within a metre or two of where he was standing.
The view to the causeway in Fisherfield, I presume? :geek:

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Mart » Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:22 pm

whitestone wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:09 am
Here's R J Sauer's account of his HT550 from 2016 - https://bikepacking.com/plog/highland-insomnia/ along with some stunning shots. And this ...

If you've been there you'll know to within a metre or two of where he was standing.
Just reread - that is indeed a special moment at that point :-bd
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Jurassic pusher » Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:10 pm

Jurassic pusher wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:51 am
If an application for the group start is not successful, does anyone know if you get a "thanks but no thanks" email? or if it is a case of silence tells the tale?
Asking for a friend :oops:
edit, email from Alan received. Maybe another year.
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by htrider » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:35 pm

whitestone wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:09 am
Here's R J Sauer's account of his HT550 from 2016 - https://bikepacking.com/plog/highland-insomnia/ along with some stunning shots. And this ...
The Highlands always seem to have an encore. A never-ending setlist of scenery. Only a short distance along the trail, the plateau squeezes into a deep valley. I go numb immediately. This can’t be real. Even the sun seems to be taking its time to set, awestruck by its own illumination.

I stop. Perched front and center to a widescreen, panoramic masterpiece. Truly what must be one of the great gems of our world. I’ve never seen anything like it. A place where words and images are powerless. I strain my neck in either direction just to take it all in. It must be fake. Fiction. A fairytale.
If you've been there you'll know to within a metre or two of where he was standing.
Not if its pishing with rain and the cloud base is at 150m

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by whitestone » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:10 pm

htrider wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:35 pm
whitestone wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:09 am
Here's R J Sauer's account of his HT550 from 2016 - https://bikepacking.com/plog/highland-insomnia/ along with some stunning shots. And this ...
The Highlands always seem to have an encore. A never-ending setlist of scenery. Only a short distance along the trail, the plateau squeezes into a deep valley. I go numb immediately. This can’t be real. Even the sun seems to be taking its time to set, awestruck by its own illumination.

I stop. Perched front and center to a widescreen, panoramic masterpiece. Truly what must be one of the great gems of our world. I’ve never seen anything like it. A place where words and images are powerless. I strain my neck in either direction just to take it all in. It must be fake. Fiction. A fairytale.
If you've been there you'll know to within a metre or two of where he was standing.
Not if its pishing with rain and the cloud base is at 150m
Well if you'd been going quicker you'd have seen it :grin:
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by boxelder » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:36 pm

Can anyone point me to a video of the HT550 that popped up on Instagram recently? It was an ITT I think and the film looked promising - just didn't have time for a view there and then.

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by ChrisS » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:39 pm

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 :)

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Dave Barter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:50 pm

ChrisS wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:39 pm
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 :)
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by htrider » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:09 pm

Yup

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Mart » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:19 pm

:-bd
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by stevewaters » Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:28 pm

Absolutely !
I am consoling myself by regularly following the whole route using the "Fly Through" function on the OS Online mapping (3D Satellite mapping) on a relatively slow setting. - It's not much, but it helps me re-live it a bit.

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Bedmaker » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:47 pm

OF interest to anyone planning the route, or the event, in the future -
the wee cement store bothy just before the Orrin reservoir dam has disappeared.
Nothing left but a concrete pad.
Pic taken yesterday.

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by sean_iow » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:55 pm

The Hydro bothy? :sad:
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by whitestone » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:56 pm

Ooh! That'll change a few strategies.
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by FLV » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:56 pm

Was it unstable?

Never slept in it but once sheltered from the sun for a while behind it

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by sean_iow » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:59 pm

It looked OK in 2018 when I went past. It wasn't a MBA maintained one though?
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by ScotRoutes » Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:23 pm

It was basic but always seemed pretty sound.

There is another (open-sided) shelter/bothy very close by.

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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by GregMay » Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:57 pm

Only ever stopped there for a break, but it wasn’t that bad that it needed to come down. Unless something happened to it over the winter
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Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Post by Dean » Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:02 pm

I passed by last September on the way to Inverness, I seem to remember there being a crack on the inside wall by the window (I assume this is why there were glass panes missing)

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