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CCE Overnight Capables

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  • Started 2 months ago by I were right about that saddle
  • Latest reply from unhurt

  1. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I prompted discussion a while back with a Borders Drove Road suggestion, but that path is fierce, man, and not a suitable place for anyone to start bikepacking. Ran into the long grass.

    I'm now thinking of loading the trailer for a gentle jaunt on the last weekend of September. Just rumble up a glen, pitch the tent, watch the sun go down and rumble back home.

    Was thinking either Glen Almond in Perthshire from the Sma' Glen or Glen Avon from Tomintoul. Both are land rover track with additional mad options for mad people.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. Iain McR
    Member

    If it's not fierce I aint going.

    I'm a maybe - I'll need to buy a tent.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Any ride can be made fierce, Iain. You could ride into Glen A'an over the Lairig an Laogh giving @steveo a backie?

    And tent for beer swappage is surely one of life's basic transactions?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. paddyirish
    Member

    If it's not fierce I aint going.

    fair enough, but

    I'll need to buy a tent.

    ??

    A true Yorkshireman would just need a hole in the ground...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    A hole in the ground? I just need a boulder to stand bolt upright on through the night.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. SRD
    Moderator

    We brought a bivouac bag back from Canada. c.1980s, but never been used, if anyone wants to borrow it.

    wish we'd brought back my dad's amazing one-man-tent. it's one of two Moss tents we owned when I was a kid, and still in excellent shape. this one didn't get much use, unlike the 2-3 man one. these now sell for ridiculous prices on ebay as they're apperently collectible. maybe next trip.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. steveo
    Member

    rofl @iwrats!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. steveo
    Member

    I have a family holiday the very last weekend of Sept otherwise I'm up for this.

    Have tent, have bivvy and tarp depending on things.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. nedd1e_h
    Member

    If it's not fierce I'll still go.

    I'm a maybe - I'll need to buy a tent.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. Iain McR
    Member

    will there be trees ? I fancy a hammock with a tarp.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. fimm
    Member

    @IainMcR
    One word:
    midges

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. unhurt
    Member

    "Just rumble up a glen, pitch the tent, watch the sun go down and rumble back home."

    ...not actually sleeping in the tent first then?

    @fimm: indeed. :shudder:

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. SRD
    Moderator

    @fimm @unhurt good point. black flies and mozzies may well explain why our bivvie bag never got used...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    ...not actually sleeping in the tent first then?

    No, I'll spend the night standing on a boulder having first invited all the midges to view my etchings in the tent. In they stream, zip her up, bob's your uncle.

    Serious note: back end of September there aren't that many midges.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. Iain McR
    Member

    This looks the business

    will need a tarp thing

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. SRD
    Moderator

    Ah. you need to talk to smudge.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. steveo
    Member

    My mate had a tarp for one trip, spent over an hour trying to find appropriate trees in just the right configuration, next night he pegged it out as a bivvy bag.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. unhurt
    Member

    back end of September there aren't that many midges

    Hmmm. I once assumed this about Shetland in mid September, didn't take any midgie repellant, then got eaten aliiiive. Now very suspicious unless it's actually been frosty!

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. unhurt
    Member

    Now wondering what sort of etchings would intrigue a midge horde. Remembering it's only the ladies who bite, too.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  20. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @unhurt

    Is that you penciling in your name as midge tsar for the trip?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. Tulyar
    Member

    Had been pondering Kinlochourn to Arnisdale - the original drove road with the lyrical satnav "Oh the far Cullins are callin tae me... etc

    Either the works from Crieff - via Tummel & Loch Rannoch & Corrour Loch Treig and either the Locheil lands 18 miles before the road runs out, or round via Inverfarrigaig and do the full Telford road to Kinlochourn to hit the serious gap over the hill and down to Kylerhea ferry for short crossing (could swim as perhaps they did with the cattle)

    As for midges general rule is when there is an r in the month you are normally safe - a good high pressure autumn = clear skies night frosts to kill the buggers and nice low sun (high contrasts) with autumnal colours for evocative photos

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. Tulyar
    Member

    Glen Lyon might also be good especially if you can use negotiation skills to use the early positioning bus journey from Perth to Aberfeldy to provide the morning bus in to Perth and use the near empty last bus back from Aberfeldy to the depot.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  23. unhurt
    Member

    I may be up for it (pending flat moving plans though...). I am well tented.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. chdot
    Admin

    "I am well tented"

    Well intented too??

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @Tulyar

    Glen Lyon is quite magical. I shall camp beside the Taigh nam Bodach some time but not this time. Over Ben Lawers and up to the Taigh would be a fine afternoon hybrid ride.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. steveo
    Member

    Over Ben Lawers

    ??? On a hybrid?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  27. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    On the road, mate. Not like like over the heather. Not that that would actually stop me.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  28. steveo
    Member

    As long as we're not swapping one fierce path for a munro.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  29. Tulyar
    Member

    @Iwrats Family links back to Campbell of Breadalbane so Glen Lyon has nice connections. (& a nicer tartan than Garroway-Stewart from the other branch)

    Posted 2 months ago #
  30. nedd1e_h
    Member

    IWRATS - by last weekend in Sept, do you mean the 30th?

    If so, that is good for me

    Posted 2 months ago #

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