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Re: Poncho

27 May 2014 - 6:03pm
Have a look on ebay

Re: Poncho

27 May 2014 - 5:51pm
Agree with that, they are very useful. I got mine abroad for a tenner, so I'm no help.

Al

Re: Fort William to Inverness, wild camping - thoughts?

27 May 2014 - 4:30pm
I think you need at least 3 Landranger (1:50 000) maps for the whole journey. Yet the OS claims these are suitable for cycle touring round Britain, at least that's how they justify not producing anything at a more useful scale.

The Nicholson maps are ok but miss many small roads, tracks and cycle paths. I've drawn some of these on to mine using Landrangers as reference, but it's time consuming. 1:100 000 maps would be ideal but as far as I know there are none.

Midges don't like sun or wind so avoid shady and sheltered spots. They don't like Avon Skin So Soft either apparently though it never worked for me. Ticks are a more serious problem. I would read up on them before going. Keep your legs and arms covered when around trees or long grass and use insect repellent.

Re: Fort William to Inverness, wild camping - thoughts?

27 May 2014 - 4:08pm
Day 1 - Fort William to Inverness - 65 miles
Day 2 - Go home

Poncho

27 May 2014 - 3:50pm
Camping a while ago I came across a guy singing the praises of an ex army (don't know which army) poncho he had.

Appeared to synthetic and very light and thin but tough - he proudly screwed it up in his hand to demonstrate.

I think he also said he used it as a make-shift shelter/groundsheet at times.

In truth I maybe found him a tad obsessive at the time but I've been thinking of late that one could be jolly useful.

How much would such a thing cost?

Anyone recommend one in particular or a supplier?

Am in London if that helps with regards to visiting an old-fashioned bricks and mortar shop*

* Oh how I miss Laurence Corner, source of everything from a Ruritarian Uniform to a camouflage net to a sold-as-seen parachute.

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