One for the HT550 connoisseur.

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One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Richpips » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:08 pm

It's a little over 6 days until December.

I'm hoping for some non life threatening weather.

http://trackleaders.com/highlandwinter19

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by sean_iow » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:33 pm

Good luck :-bd

Are you starting on the 1st? I won't tell my boss, I've wasted enough time this year watching events already, I'll just pretend I'm working :lol:
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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by htrider » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:36 pm

Good luck!
Forecast looking pretty good this week so yous'll be fine :-bd

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Richpips » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:00 pm

I'm watching the forecast. Early December would suit me best though.

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by ScotRoutes » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:05 pm

Pretty obvious question, but what are you doing for lights?

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Richpips » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:11 pm

ScotRoutes wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:05 pm
Pretty obvious question, but what are you doing for lights?
I've got 2 Maxx-D and a Diablo that all have 36 hour modes. I should scrape thru with those.

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Post by ScotRoutes » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:14 pm

It was dark for about 36 hours today :lol:

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Richpips » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:35 pm

It was dark for about 36 hours today
Yep, I'll bring a 4th light then. :smile:

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Post by ericrobo » Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:15 pm

That’s a hell of a challenge Rich :roll:

Are you doing the same route as this May ?

How many hours sleep do you have in mind ? 5... or 6... ? So you’ll be riding at least 9 hours in darkness... and that leaves say 8am till 4:15pm in ‘daylight’.... (could be greylight... :lol: ).

But I think perhaps a big part of this challenge will be the mental one.... of the darkness. It certainly would be for me.

The logistics of food will be interesting too, unless you’re carrying a fair bit always ‘just in case’.

Are you doing it alone ? (hope Tom’s got a good excuse)

Will be following you (if possible) with interest....

Good luck :-bd

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Post by ScotRoutes » Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:13 pm

4:15 can be a bit of a stretch at the moment, especially on those days it's thick overcast.

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Richpips » Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:44 pm

That’s a hell of a challenge Rich :roll:

Are you doing the same route as this May ?

How many hours sleep do you have in mind ? 5... or 6... ? So you’ll be riding at least 9 hours in darkness... and that leaves say 8am till 4:15pm in ‘daylight’.... (could be greylight... :lol: ).

But I think perhaps a big part of this challenge will be the mental one.... of the darkness. It certainly would be for me.

The logistics of food will be interesting too, unless you’re carrying a fair bit always ‘just in case’.

Are you doing it alone ? (hope Tom’s got a good excuse)

Will be following you (if possible) with interest....

Good luck :-bd
I've got a fairly comprehensive plan which I'm keeping to myself for now.

Suffice to say there are a number of challenges that you won't get in May.

Tom isn't coming.

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Charliecres » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:36 am

Bonkers! :-bd

The very best of luck to you

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Lazarus » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:37 am

Tom isn't coming.
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Post by ScotRoutes » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:55 am

Lazarus wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:37 am
Tom isn't coming.
Health and Safety gone mad
Nah. Rich is just afraid of being shown up.

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Lazarus » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:43 am

:lol:

Cheers a genuine lol moment for that effort

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Bedmaker » Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:53 pm

Mentalist! 😆😆
Have a good one, that's a full on undertaking for sure.

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Richpips » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:25 pm

Reactivated my inreach today.

7am this Sunday is the plan.

For the dotwatchers the link below.

http://trackleaders.com/highlandwinter19

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by ssnowman » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:13 am

Good luck and good weather!
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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by NewRetroTom » Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:46 pm

Good luck Rich, you're an eejit!

It won't necessarily be any colder or wetter than May, but it will certainly be a lot darker!

I'm guessing the main resupply points that will not exist for a winter attempt will be Oykel Bridge Hotel and Kylesku. That will mean setting off with plenty of food from Contin.

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Mart » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:31 pm

Richpips wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:25 pm
Reactivated my inreach today.

7am this Sunday is the plan.

For the dotwatchers the link below.

http://trackleaders.com/highlandwinter19
That's Funny … no one else is on the tracker :shock: might encourage other lunatics
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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by Dave Barter » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:39 pm

Looking at the forecast I think you've picked the right week this side of NY. The light will be a challenge moreso than when we went in February. But the biggest challenge for me was keeping feet dry as wet feet in those temps is not the greatest experience ever. Good luck! I'm massively offended not to be invited.
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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:35 pm

NewRetroTom wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:46 pm
Good luck Rich, you're an eejit!

It won't necessarily be any colder or wetter than May, but it will certainly be a lot darker!

I'm guessing the main resupply points that will not exist for a winter attempt will be Oykel Bridge Hotel and Kylesku. That will mean setting off with plenty of food from Contin.
OBH is open throughout the winter season. Kylesku is closed though.

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by NewRetroTom » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:13 pm

Interesting. That probably means that resupply is not much worse than in May!

All the sporting hotels in the north used to close for the winter, but it seems that more and more stay open now. Kind of surprised that somewhere like the OBH gets enough trade to make it worthwhile.

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Post by ScotRoutes » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:19 pm

Anglers mostly?

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Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Post by NewRetroTom » Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:00 pm

Fishing season is Feb to Sept there I think, so I don't think there would be any anglers. Hind stalking maybe?

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