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Gear / Re: Down sleeping bag advice please?
« Last post by fernman on Today at 10:44:27 »
I can't have one bag for the whole year.

I can!
I could only afford one bag and it had to be the warmest. Mine is rated as -3 comfort, -10 limit and -28 extreme.
Baselayers and socks are worn when it's cold, maybe more if it's really cold.
Then minus the socks, minus the bottoms and minus the top progressively according to the temperature.
When it's warm weather I have 60cm unzipped at the foot and maybe more the top, and if it's really hot I don't zip it up at all.
General Walking Discussion / Re: Ditching the Car
« Last post by Islandplodder on Today at 10:29:18 »

That's one of the advantages of a Scottish bus pass, you get it a bit sooner and can use it anywhere in Scotland, even on the long distance buses.  So I feel I should really use it when possible.
If I didn't have a bus pass I don't think I would be able to afford some of the highland buses! Friends who aren't yet 'eligible' say it's far cheaper to take the car, especially if there's more than one of you.
Gear / Re: Making Toast
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 10:18:08 »
When I was young we lived a caravan roaming life. Toast was an everyday part of our breakfast routine. The men used to make long handled (the handle about 15" long) forks out of wire (could be found anywhere on most farms) with a pair of pliers. A bit crude but they worked. The fork end was nearly as broad as a modern day slice of bread with three prongs. On most days when the weather was in our favour it was us kids that had to make an outside fire, or keep the one made the day going all night. We also had another job, we had to find and cut Y shaped bits of wood (6" to 9" long) to balance the fork handle in.

So the fork end was stabbed through the bread (I can't rember ever having sliced bread when I was young) and by a bit of trial and error the fork was balanced so the bread was directly in front of the flames. In those days we only used butter, magarine was unheard of and families were very much into local jams. When toasted the bread was always covered in soot and smut so we all went through the ritual of scaping it off, most important, the knife did not touch the butter and jam until the scraping had been finished. If we made an error it was a real clip around the ears!

When the weather was bad the toast was made in the caravan, using one of the forks, but this time pressing the bread against the grill of the coal fired stoves that were used then. Breakfast was slower on these days because we could only toast one slice at a time.

Every year we used to go to Cranbrook, Kent, hop picking and so on. If any of you know Cranbrook, there is a steep up and down hill by the windmill. At the bottom of the dip, from the direction of Cranbrook school to the windmill, there used to be a local bakery on the right, (a private house now) they made some fantastic bread. Again it was the kids job, at the crack of dawn or soon after, to run down the road, buy X amount of loaves and run back before the bread became cold.

I have fond memories of toast, butter and large mugs of tea first thing in the morning before we all went off to the fields to work. Thanks 'alan de enfield' for bringing this toast memory to my consciousness again.
General Walking Discussion / Re: Ditching the Car
« Last post by pleb on Today at 10:11:14 »
I think one of my reasons for not using public transport more is cost.  Great if you have a bus pass.  Not so great if you're not, ahem, eligible  :angel:
Surely wont be long now.................. :-\
Gear / Re: Down sleeping bag advice please?
« Last post by NeilC on Today at 09:59:01 »
For me, something like the 700 would be too hot for the majority of the year. I use a cheap light bag for the summer and only really use the Cumulus bag after Sept. I can't have one bag for the whole year.
Long Distance Walks / Re: 3 Yorkshire peaks.
« Last post by Slowcoach on Today at 09:43:23 »
I have donr the Y3P 3 times. The trail these days is easy to follow on pretty good ground apart really from the descent of the second hill which is steep and poor underfoot. I last did the walk at the end of April with a group of 7. All were seasoned walkers but 3 had not done this sort of distance before. All got round in under 11 hours. I was the slowest as i was still recovering from a sprained ankle. We would have been quicker but without exaggeration there must have been 500 people on the hills plus the 3 pealks marathon so we were queuing to get up the scrambly bits.
So my advice it to avoid weekends.
As long as you take it steady and do not try to set a blistering pace in order to achieve a time i would give it a go.
General Walking Discussion / Re: Trail names
« Last post by Slowcoach on Today at 09:32:40 »
I sign  in as Slowcoach and i may well be up to no good.....
Photography / Re: Photobucket photos seem to have returned?
« Last post by April on Today at 08:56:11 »
I have a few photobucket accounts, it would be a bit too much money to pay for all of them  :(

I always did back up my photos anyway so I haven't lost any of them, the pics on the forum trip reports will probably disappear again when I don't cough up the money to photobucket!
Thanks bigbri  O0
General Walking Discussion / Re: Ditching the Car
« Last post by April on Today at 08:48:23 »
it takes real organisation and well timed walking days to manage a bus at both ends

This is why I organise things and don't leave it to beefy  ;D

I always find it a bit nerve wracking to know you HAVE to be somewhere at a certain time to catch the bus or risk ending up sleeping under a hedge.

It is indeed a bit nerve wracking, we have had to race to catch a few buses over the years. We love going wild camping because of the freedom of not being restricted as much by time, we can relax and enjoy it more.

I think one of my reasons for not using public transport more is cost.  Great if you have a bus pass.  Not so great if you're not, ahem, eligible  :angel:

 ;D I'm not eligible yet

Single journeys can be very expensive. We have found the buses in Scotland to be very reasonable mind. Only 6.20 return from Dumfries to Moffat and you can return anytime in the next month, they aren't day returns like the buses in England.

I pay 99.99 per month for my Stagecoach pass and I can travel anywhere in Cumbria, go over to Newcastle, up to Dumfries and even can use it on all services in Lancashire as far as Ingleton (80), Blackpool (42/61/68), Blackburn (59), Bolton (125), Chester (1/2), Wigan (113) which is good value for money. When I ran my car I spent more money on petrol in a month than this.
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