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Variations of Existing Techniques / White-out navigation
« on: February 24, 2013, 09:59:19 PM »
Was heading for the top of Ben McDui on Saturday in thick weather and away from the main highway of footprints. With uphill in various directions, only one of them right, I was walking on a bearing, usually picking on rocks/snow shadows about 20 to 50 metres ahead, which was the limit of visibility for snow shadows and black rocks poking through white snow respectively. A few legs offered nothing visible on the line of the bearing, but I realised that if you take two other visible points either side of the correct line, you can keep your line pretty well until you pick up something on route.
Worth keeping in mind.

General Discussion / Faindouran Bothy, Cairngorms
« on: February 12, 2013, 02:56:07 PM »
Sadly the MBA has heard through a bothy report that the chimney stack at Faindouran Lodge Bothy in Glen Avon has collapsed with significant damage to the roof and walls

It is understood the bothy is in a dangerous condition at the moment and should NOT be used.

MBA volunteers hope to do a site visit as soon as they can to assess the damage.

In the meantime it is best to remake any plans which involved using the bothy, as it is highly unlikely any proper repair will be possible before the spring and - depending on the findings at the site visit - a repair could be a lengthy process.

New Techniques & Learning / On getting unlost
« on: January 30, 2013, 08:21:54 PM »
Just by way of saying hello, I wrote this blogpost after managing to get myself lost in darkness amongst featureless hills. Shameful that I got lost in the first place, but there are maybe lessons to be learned from the way I got myself out of the mess I got myself into. A case of keeping the heid and using it too, but also knowing how to use map contours, slope aspect and deduction.

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