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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. steveo
    Member

    [/i]Yup, that is hike-a-bike territory. Very brave.[i]

    How far round do you reckon I'd get before it went to pot? Probably won't go that way just entertains me drawing lines on maps rather than the grind I'm meant to be doing.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  2. HankChief
    Member

    entertains me drawing lines on maps.

    Not just me then.

    When I was a teenager, I spent many a winter's evening drawing a very long and convoluted LEJOG route that took in places/roads I'd seen on a map and fancied riding (e.g. the Welsh coast) and avoided all A-Roads (I didn't do main roads)

    I thoroughly enjoyed the experience even if it didn't get past the dreaming stage.

    (It got downgraded to a Coast to Coast adventure instead)

    Posted 6 days ago #
  3. steveo
    Member

    I thoroughly enjoyed the experience even if it didn't get past the dreaming stage.

    I'd love to have the ability, fitness and hill craft (and time) to be able to explore the lines on the map especially in the more remote areas.

    Posted 6 days ago #
  4. DaveC
    Member

    A rough stuff friend sent me a few photos but I can't host them, so have typed in the signs for info.

    WARNING

    Danger I Upper Glen Feshie

    The usual path on the west bank of the river in Upper Glan Feshie has suffered minor erosion damage on a steep section above the river. The eroded sections are awkward to cross, and potentially dangerous especially for those carrying a cycle or heavy rucksac.

    The only alternative route, other than retreat, is to ford the Feshie at least three times, and this is only practicable in dry weather.

    In wet weather fords are extremely HAZARDOUS.

    Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society.
    http://www.scotways.com

    My friend added that he had not done it but

    'mate did it a few months ago and said it was okay but he had to push a fair bit and there was 2 biggish fords'.

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

    @DaveC

    The upper Feshie path has been washed out for years, exacerbated by the 2015 deluge.

    Care is now required to reach Ruigh Aiteachain from downriver but not fording as such. From upriver fording three times is required on a bike and all of these fords would be extremely unwise when in spate.

    In nice weather everything is cool.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  6. Iain McR
    Member

    @ IWRATS, yes, but its not always nice up there;

    Posted 5 days ago #
  7. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Which ford is that Iain? Spirited cycling in any case. I treat the Feshie and its psycho pal the Eidart with great respect.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  8. Iain McR
    Member

    That was the first of the two Feshie crossings, sometime after we passed the bothy @ Ruigh Aiteachain.

    on the second crossing, 5 mins later, I hoisted the bike across my shoulder - that was far easier / less terrifying.

    The previous time (about 5 years earlier so pre-Brexit vote) it was ankle deep. Draw your own conclusions.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  9. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Somebody's going to have to pick a day from @steveo's range. Not me.

    Looking good though with maybe five folk? Maybe a few overnight-curious folk too, quietly fiddling with tents and bungees?

    Posted 5 days ago #
  10. unhurt
    Member

    Can I suggest some direct democracy: vote for available dates here.

    "Thus saith the POLL, I offer thee three weekends: choose thee one of them, that we may do it unto ourselves."

    Posted 5 days ago #
  11. bax
    Member

    big fan of the whole feshie / geldie confluence

    up over the gaick as a dogged aperitif

    overnighting at ruthven barracks

    ruff and tumble days and nights

    Posted 4 days ago #
  12. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @bax

    You up for this?

    up over the gaick as a dogged aperitif

    A high wild place and no mistake. Fit for neither man nor beast.

    Posted 4 days ago #
  13. steveo
    Member

    "Thus saith the POLL, I offer thee three weekends: choose thee one of them, that we may do it unto ourselves."

    I fear thyne poll mayleadth to a dead end

    Posted 3 days ago #
  14. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @steveo

    The new moon is on the 13th, full moon on the 28th. Sun barely under the horizon then mind.

    The later we leave it the bigger and hungrier the eagle chicks are and the bolder, busier and more visible the adults.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  15. steveo
    Member

    Late June bivvying isn't conducive to much sleep.(mid June isn't much better... Frankly January isn't either...)

    Posted 3 days ago #
  16. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @steveo

    Start at Nethybridge and you'll sleep fine. Bike-packing on rough ground is one of the few things that's ever caused me to take a late afternoon nap.

    And somebody's bound to bring ketamine.

    Posted 3 days ago #
  17. unhurt
    Member

    Diazepam and red wine cocktails?

    I'm already fretting about midges. @Snowy suggests everyone smoke cigars...

    Posted 3 days ago #
  18. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @unhurt

    Midges? Do you think the drovers of yore had access to head nets, Skin So Soft or cigars?

    Did you not once cycle clear across Canna or something?

    Posted 3 days ago #
  19. unhurt
    Member

    Yes, and I still have the biting insect scars (mental and physical) to show for it. I'm a midge's favourite meal. Everyone else will probably be fine while the wee monsters all sook me dry despite acres of netting, a pint of oil and a cloud of fragrant smoke...

    ETA or something - now doing as @steveo suggested yesterday and looking at maps. A wee April anti-epic actually across Canna and back? And starting from Dalwhinnie it's downhill all the way!

    Posted 3 days ago #

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