backpacking

The Monaliadth from Errogie to Feshie

Errogie dwelling The Monaliadth is a different style of mountain area. The rounded hills and extensive high moorland give it a remote feel but without the dramatic landscape of the steeper and more rocky West Highlands or Cairngorm. an entrance to the Monadliadth at Drumnaglas The area is dissected by landrover tracks, which provide the …

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Glen Affric & Cannich to Drumnadrochit and Errogie

Breaking camp by river Affric looking west Despite a less than early start, a few minutes walking brought me level with a small encampment of Trailstars across the valley below. One was bright yellow so I knew this was Lee, with fellow walkers Peter, and Gareth from the bothy the night before. 3 Trailstars by …

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High level route from Iron Lodge to Glen Affric via Stuc Mor & Sgurr nan Ceathramhnam

This was to be an exciting high level route – a reward from the tribulations of boggy ground and dangerous river crossing from the day before. Leaving the bothy Maol Bhuidhe My original plan – which is reflected in the map – was to camp the night somewhere near Carnach and start the day on …

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Craig to Maol-bhuidhe bothy via Lurgh Mohr & Bidein a’ Choire Sheasgaich

This was to be the “day of crossings”. Of 13 days of walking Day 2 was the one I was most nervous about. If the rivers were in spate several parts of the route could become impassible requiring long diversions. Dealing with wide and deep streams with a heavy pack and walking solo could be risky, and …

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Begone Bad Blisters! (or Compeed is Not Enough)

Anti-blister kit My new anti-blister kit! Keeping feet in good shape is essential for a walking trip long or short. Blisters and foot pain comes from friction. Reduction of friction must be a priority – and is something Compeed and the newer specialist blister plasters do not address. Also a priority is to keep dressings …

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New Generation GPS? Some thoughts on GPS for mountain walking ..

What is the best GPS for the backpacker and walker? It is hard to find a definitive answer to this – I’ve been looking for more than a year. Without great conviction I’ve settled on the Garmin GPSMAP 62s in the knowledge that it is at least better than some. My first GPS was the …

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