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Maps / Re: eDofE mapping
« on: June 29, 2014, 09:21:45 AM »
Paul is correct CP run the images in Satmap.

General Discussion / Re: Chinese location detection software
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:22:09 PM »
An interesting quotation:

“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.” ― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.

Hmm, maybe history does repeat itself ::)

Forecasting / Re: New Met Office mountain weather forecast
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:36:32 AM »
Useful link :)

These are the sites we tend to use in planning, on our desktops, for the weather forecasting. The first link is specific to the area we work in:

General Discussion / Re: A classic!
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:30:22 AM »
We need people like this to keep mountain rescue alive ;)

At the beginning of the summer we a load of storm shelters, made by Vango, comprising a mixture of 2, 4 and 8 person shelters and bought at this time because we were offered a very good deal on them, plus our old shelters had definitely seen better days ::)

Our instructors usually carry the 8 person and we have tended to use these only in the winter. However, on this occasion we have got the students to carry the 2 persons in pairs and they have proved to be really useful. Not just protecting us from showers and wind when we stop for lunch, but also as an escape from the midge. This year, maybe due to the wild winter, I don’t know, on the lower Lakeland fells the midge have been terrible. Moving we tend to stick to ridges or areas where the breeze is anything above 2kmph, but sitting under shelter, especially amongst trees, the midge problem arises.

Needless to say, most of the youngsters have never seen, let alone used, storm shelters before, so unpacking, getting in and then repacking them, the shelters have had some pretty rough treatment and they have stood up to it really well.

Personally I like the 2 person for personal use, especially its weight 380 grams :)

General Discussion / Re: A Bench on the Ben
« on: June 13, 2014, 01:41:29 PM »
The Muppets who planted this have now publically apologised and in their statement they said that they had been surprised at the public hostility to their actions - quelle surprise :o

General Discussion / A Bench on the Ben
« on: June 10, 2014, 10:05:33 AM »
Vandals have carried a wooden bench and concreted it on the summit of Ben Nevis. Fortunately, the brilliant John Muir Trust has said that they are going to remove it next Saturday. There will always be fools on the hills >:(

General Discussion / Re: Chinese location detection software
« on: June 10, 2014, 10:01:16 AM »
Duck Duck Go duly installed as my new search engine, nice one Krenaud ;)

The bad news Pete is that Google, with the help of their highly paid legal team, are wriggling out of this European judgement and I do not think that other than for some high-profile cases, the general public will be able to remove the personal data Google holds about them.
I have been thinking about Germany in the 1930s as the Nazis built their police and surveillance state. Most of us do not realise how careful the Nazis were to push only hard enough to make progress, but not to provoke any pushing back. Then one day, it was too late to try to oppose them. They had built the police state brick by brick, and the trap was shut. Then the war made it easy to brand anyone who opposed the regime a traitor. War offers that cover for totalitarian states.

An even more thorough police state is being built in the UK today, with capabilities the Gestapo could only dream of. Where are we as a nation going I wonder?

Best Places to Buy / Re: Grab a bargain dry bag
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:06:37 PM »
Boogyman, at our centre we use Ortleib’s canoe dry bags and their map cases and both are very good. Their rucksacks are not so good, the 27ltr weighing in at 1.52kg and only the main body of the rucksack is waterproof, the outer pockets are not, plus they are not comfortable to wear for long distances as they sit flush to your entire back – I know because I have done so in Wales :(

Best Places to Buy / Re: Grab a bargain dry bag
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:54:22 AM »
My recently bought Rab Alpine 35ltr cost me £90. Checking the techspecs on Rab’s website, the material sounds like science fiction stuff “High Tenacity Robic™ Nylon fabric with DualGuard.” Reading further about it, it is weatherproof, not waterproof and some reports say it tears easier than other breathable fabrics. Maybe I should have ignored what the magazines and sponsored websites say, could they be biased ::)

Best Places to Buy / Re: Grab a bargain dry bag
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:33:42 AM »
Maybe we should be asking why rucksack manufacturers cannot make them using waterproof material?

Pete, I think that you have hit the nail on the head :)

I went to school in a Mackintosh coat, which used a rubberised material to make it waterproof, it was heavy, completely non-breathable and invented the century before.

I read that Gor-Tex was introduced into the British market in the mid-70s, but in the late-80s our British Army waterproof kit differed little in its features, or lack of them, to that of my Mackintosh. Our patrol packs - rucksacks - were made of a vulcanised material, again with rubber I think, and whilst this material was waterproof, the opening to the packs were not and the packs were not waterproof. Heavy rain always managed to get into your kit and for this reason we were issued with covers and like all rucksack covers they were a pain the the ar** from fitting them, to keeping them on in high winds.

It seems strange, that nearly 30 years on, rucksack covers are still regarded as an acceptable solution by big name manufacturers such as Berghaus and North Face, when the fastening technology and fabric design have advanced so much.

Today, British Army patrol packs, made by the likes of Karrimor, are made of water resistant materials such as Kodex and Cordura, which seems incredible ::)

Maybe, like my old Mackintosh, it has all been about the weight and this Over Board firm have now fixed this. Have you a lot of experience with this rucksack Lyle?

Satnav (GPS GLONASS COMPASS Galileo) / Re: A great smartphone App
« on: May 21, 2014, 01:54:30 PM »
Last night we had a night trip across the fells and in the Settings mode, under Colour scheme, you can change the display to Night Colours.

By checking this, the display is all red and whilst very clear to read in the dark it also, importantly, preserves night vision. To ensure the entire screen is night vision check the 'Hide the status bar' too. 

Best Places to Buy / Re: Nikwax/clothing care products
« on: May 21, 2014, 01:47:27 PM »
John C - they got a 25 ltr pack in for me, how good is that? A very good firm to deal with :)

New Techniques & Learning / Re: Approximating microleg timings
« on: May 21, 2014, 01:46:11 PM »
To use a calculator correctly I believe it’s important to understand the maths. The same with a pacing and timing card, I carry and use mine all the time, but I learned how to calculate the times first.

Trip reports / Re: Fife Coastal Path- The Chain Walk
« on: May 17, 2014, 02:17:16 PM »
Pete, was thinking of going along tomorrow, have PM'd you. Cal

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