Cairngorms Munros Overnighter (8th and 9th August 2020)

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I got the inspiration for this wee trip the previous weekend while out bagging Carn an Fhidhleir, An Sgarsoch, Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mor from the Braemar side. From Monadh Mor especially good views through to Cairn Toul and the ridge beyond can be had, and the walk out down the glen goes past several Cairngorm giants. I had assumed that the weather would put an end to said inspiration, so thought nothing of it until the following Friday, when, Read More

Club Cottage January Meet

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The club’s meetup this weekend was to the Ochils Mountaineering Club hut in Crianlarich. The forecast was dire, and would-be attendees were dropping like flies in the run up to the event, their spaces filled by folks on the waiting list. In the end, we managed 16 folks on the Friday night and 18 on the Saturday which was no mean feat. The usual banter was had on the Friday night, with the group split between those talking nonsense in Read More

Autumn Corbet and Loch Bagging

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Not having been away for a few weeks due to our selling the house and with the house now sold it was time to take advantage of a half-decent weather forecast. I headed up to the car park at Cairngorm, and got some sleep prior to a planned combo bike and hike the following day. I relocated the van at Glenmore and hopped on the bike past Glenmore lodge and onto the track towards Bynack More which was like bloody Read More

2021 Packraft Meetup – May 14th-16th

05/10/2019 1

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (04/05/20, 12:40) After a Facebook discussion via Packrafting UK, this meet has been moved to May 2021. The new date is 14th-16th May 2021. Core nights are the Friday and Saturday, there were several folks staying the Sunday night, these bookings have been carried forward to 16th May 2021. Hopefully something to look forward to; with a bit of luck, COVID-19 will, by then be an unpleasant, but distant memory! If folks really cannot make this, let me Read More

Aonach Eagach

03/02/2019 0

The OMC trip to the Alex Macintyre hut at Onich was blessed with some half decent weather (at least for the Saturday!) With snow on the ground, James and myself planned a classic winter traverse of the Aonach Eagach. I grabbed a lift up the road with Andy, with a wee stop at the Clachaig for dinner on the way. The usual drinking and banter was curtailed by bag pre-packing and an early night before an ‘Alpine Start’ the following Read More

Glen Lyon Corbetts (26th-28th October 2018)

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I’d had a cold for the past couple of weeks, caught from a mate on his last Munro; having missed the club meet with the Ochils Mountaineering Club the previous weekend due to said cold, and given the decent forecast, I was determined to get out this weekend. I’d not been to Glen Lyon for a while, and with low temps and a potential for snow, I chose to head that way. I set off later than planned (as per Read More

Holiday Blog

08/08/2018 0

  I had two weeks off work, and much planned. I was to be mostly solo on this holiday bringing the advantage of only having my own itinerary to worry about, and hoped to get some pack rafting, cycling and hill walking done. Weekend 21st/22nd The holiday started with good company at the Clachaig. I went for a paddle around Loch Leven, while Lucy (my other half) went to recce a future marathon she had signed up for. The paddle Read More

Loch’s Morar, Arkaig, Lochy Linear Packraft Journey

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I have been planning on doing this packraft trip for a while, and while on holiday recently, got the weather window and wind direction required to make it go. If you take a quick look at the map, you’ll see that with a bit of walking and a lot of paddling, the three Lochs: Morar, Arkaig and Lochy can be linked, and the journey completed to Corpach via the Caledonian Canal. From Corpach, the train gets you right back to Read More

Ardnamurchan – Loch Sunart and Loch Shiel

02/07/2018 0

Packrafting has taken a back seat to Hillwalking for the past few weekends, so this weekend it was time to get back into the boat. I have a wee list at home of trips that I want to do and area’s that I want to explore by boat. The Ardnamurchan, specifically Lochs Sunart and Shiel (Aye, I know the latter is not strictly Ardnamurchan!) were two such area’s. The tides were right this weekend with High tide at ~8AM and Read More

DJI Mavic Air Charging From Battery Packs and Solar Charging

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DJI Mavic Air Solar Charging Introduction I love my Mavic Air, but have to admit that at 20 mins flight time per battery (in perfect conditions), battery life is not one of its strong points! I have the fly-more package with the three batteries, but still run out of juice – although as my drone skills improve, my decent-footage to battery ratio is getting better! Many of my trips where I wish to use my Air are multi-day backpacking, cycling Read More

UK Packraft Gathering

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For the past couple of years, the UK importer for Alpacka Packrafts – backcountry.scot – run by a guy named Andy Trop has organised a get-together for packrafters. I was just getting into it around the 2017 gathering, but made the gathering this year. Showing up at the venue Lagganlia near Kincraig on Friday night it was beers and chatter before a sensible night with lots planned for the following day. I had signed up together with 8 or so others Read More

Loch Ba and Loch Laidon Linear – Bike, Boat, Train

14/05/2018 1

I’ve been wanting to do the linear boat trip across Rannoch Moor via Loch Ba and Loch Laidon for a while. Finally, this last weekend the weather and the wind was favorable so off I set. I opted for a one night wild camp, meaning that the timings matched for a Lazy start and the train back from Rannoch Station the following day. [Skip right to the end for the video! | Find the full photoset here] I dumped my Read More

Kintail

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Over the early may Bank Holiday weekend, I headed to Kintail with the Ochils Mountaineering Club. The club was staying in the NTS Kintail Outdoor Centre , while I and some other members stayed on the Morvich caravan club site. My plans had been to get the boat out on the water, but the wind and changeable weather put an end to that. I did, however manage to get 3 Corbett’s (Scottish Mountains over 2500ft) bagged and a bothy walk Read More

Loch Katrine

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The forecast was decent for Saturday, but rubbish for Sunday so I could not be arsed to drive very far this weekend. Against my better judgement, I paid Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Park’s ‘Wild Camping Tax’ – £8 to stay at the far end of ‘Three Lochs Forest drive’ near Loch Katrine. To get a spot on here in the summer requires booking a month in advance, but short-notice spots are available out of season. As one of the Read More

Two Ascents (and a paddle) in Assynt

19/04/2018 0

The Assynt region of Scotland, has to be one of my favourite spots. The mountains are not huge, but they are numerous, and rise suddenly and spectacularly from the surrounding landscape of rock, heather and many many lochs for a paddle! I headed up for Easter, meeting fellow members of the Ochils Mountaineering Club. We were staying at the SMC’s Naismith nut in the crofting settlement of Elphin. Being just north of Ullapool, its a fair drive on a Friday Read More

Lochs Ericht, Laggan and a Ski Tour

01/04/2018 0

With a half decent forecast and a new drysuit (Palm Fuse) to test it was time to get back out in the pack raft (boat) again. I left fairly late and headed up to Dalwhinnie with the intention of having a paddle on Loch Ericht. Loch Ericht initially looked promising so off I went looking for a place to launch; as is all too common, while I was setting up the boat, the wind started blowing. The initial paddle was Read More

Chinese Car Charger For DJI Mavic Air Drone

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UPDATE: I Have now used this for three weekends away to charge the Mavic Air’s batteries when away in my Motorhome. It works very well, charges 2 batteries from empty well within an hour, and their behavior (eg flight time) matches that when the stock mains charger is used. So, I wanted to be able to charge the batteries for my new DJI Mavic Air while away in my motorhome and also from a 12V battery pack when off grid. Read More

Packrafter/Hillwalker/Kayak/Canoe Radio Equipment for Emergency Assistance (Mobile, PLB, Tracker, VHF)

17/03/2018 0

Usual Disclaimer: I gathered this information off the Internet and assembled it into this article. I make no guarantees as to its accuracy or suitability to your situation! Introduction I have visited a number of locations in my Packraft where I have launched  into tidal or coastal waters. These include the Ardnamurchan, Uists, Harris Jura, and the waters off Argyll. I love visiting the Scottish islands, and there is limited scope for Packrafting without sticking your boat in the sea, Read More

Tenerife – Walking and (Attempted) Packrafting!

28/02/2018 0

I got the chance of a short break in Tenerife for a few days at the end of Feb. My old man and not-so-wicked stepmother had a spare bed in their holiday abode where they had been hauled up for the past 5 weeks. I had been to the Canaries several times previously, Tenerife aged 12 and 17, and Gran Canaria aged about 27. It would be interesting to see how much the place had changed. ScroteRail+Tram+Easyjet+Bus got me there Read More

New Year On Mull

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Come new year, we usually try to escape somewhere for a few days. Previous trips have in included Skye, Oban, Mallaig, Fort William, the Cairngorms, and, 8 years previously, Mull. We decided that a return visit to the latter was in order. We set off from home after a lazy start on the 29th December enjoying a snowy drive via Tyndrum, and onwards to the Corran Ferry. Strangely, the low-level snow was confined to the south side of Rannoch Mor. Read More

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