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Everything leads back to a map and compass ;)

Best Places to Buy / Re: Nikwax/clothing care products
« on: May 17, 2014, 02:15:21 PM »
Thanks John, this price is better than the one we have been getting for buying in bulk at the centre :)

Did you remember the dog food ;)

BEEB reported today that India's second satellite is now up and running and confirmed that this regional system is going to have coverage outside India's borders by 1500 km - the more things change, the more they stay the same :o

Trip reports / Re: Visiting Belgium
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:19:22 PM »
How did you set about finding out where they were laid to rest Lyle? My Dad had a cousin, who was aircrew and brought down over France during WW2 - it would be good to find him.

Trip reports / Re: Fife Coastal Path- The Chain Walk
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:16:54 PM »
Not having the ability to swim with a rucksack was made clear to me when on a kayak pleasure trip a few years ago I attached a small rucksack, with waterproof Tupperware boxes insi9de with my lunch, spare socks and other general items of kit instead of correctly putting it all in a waterproof holder and stowing it inside the kayak. When I capsized the air in the boxes wanted to float tot eh surface of the water and levered my body forward, keeping my mount out of the water was a struggle lesson learned ::)

When manoeuvring over water, fastening the rucksack buckle, if it is fastened at all, at chest height is a good idea and not one I had thought of.

From our experience at our Centre is that so called quick release toggles vary in performance by rucksack, many being anything but quick. We decided that the rucksacks which we issue, which have changed over the years, would all have the 60mm British forces quick release buckle, for those interested NATO Stock no 8315-99-464-6606 They are very strong, large enough for gloved hands to easily operate we have and not one had broken since we started using them 6 years ago.

Emergency & Backup Equipment / Re: First-Aid Emergency Kit
« on: May 11, 2014, 01:40:19 PM »
Our jungle warfare kit, issued by the British army for training in Belize, contained a small polished stainless steel mirror for signalling with no sighting mechanism, like the type you mention Lyle. At distances of more than a few hundred yards, I found it impossible to aim at a given objective, and I was not alone. I also felt in jungle environments it was of little use, unless you could climb to the top of the canopy, which we never did, or gain a high land vantage point. Instead, with the abundance of wet leafy compost, we used smoke signals and these worked well.

It will be interesting to see how the sighting mirrors compare.

It was useful though, as a shaving mirror ;)

Trip reports / Re: Visiting Belgium
« on: May 11, 2014, 01:30:48 PM »
After reading your brilliant overview, of where to visit in your country Boogyman and walks all I can say is Belgium is a Hidden Gem.

It is totally different to where we live, with its mountain peaks, massive lakes and loads of rain, yet its history, during the two great conflicts of the last century puts it right at the heart of Europe.

I have read about Ypres so many times, with its inextricable link to WWI and your recommended circuit which takes in old fortifications and the wonderful memorials to that conflict looks spectacular, and all set amidst beautiful nature. I was not aware of the last post being played every day at The Menin Gate, a small yet remarkable tribute.

Following your great guide Boogyman we have decided to take three days in our trip to visit Flanders, particularly as it is an important year this year in commemoration of WWI.

One question are beers regional in Belgium? For example, in the Lake District, we now have around 40 microbreweries and the beers are very distinctive and varied.

Thanks for a great review Boogyman :)

Satnav (GPS GLONASS COMPASS Galileo) / Re: A great smartphone App
« on: May 01, 2014, 02:49:14 PM »
Fantastic app :) Looked at the upgrade, which gives you navigation and might try it - there is a try it first before you buy. I thought the HUD for your car was novel, where your smartphone projects your current speed onto the windscreen of you car, pointless, but fun ;)

Trip reports / Re: Using the Long Distance Paths in Flanders
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:49:24 AM »
Countryside please boogyman. I have an interest in WWI & II, however, if there is a specific area which you think really shows off your country well, just as happy to walk this. We could spend a couple of days staying in the area and are happy covering 20km/day walking.

Reviews, Suggestions and Advice / Re: New lightweight stove
« on: April 27, 2014, 02:21:28 PM »
Neat ;)

Trip reports / Re: Using the Long Distance Paths in Flanders
« on: April 27, 2014, 02:21:01 PM »
Nice post Boogyman :)

Having only ever driven through Belgium on your autoroutes, wrongly I think of it as a country with few open spaces and countryside. Your posts Boogyman have corrected my perception and in our annual holiday to the northern Alps we are going to take a couple of days to explore Belgium, where would you recommend we start?

Spot on Reverend Oakleaf! The aluminium belay devices i personally use as a descender  for abseiling, sometimes called rappeling, are an excellent case in point. It is a simple "8" shaped device that allow fast but controlled descent on a rope. They are easy to set up and are effective in dissipating the heat caused by friction and are as cheap as chips. In my humble opinion, for experienced mountaineers, this item of kit developed during WWII has never been surpassed.

I would go so far as to say that the newestdevices for abseiling from Petzl are over-complicated, awkward to use and very expensive.

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from deep in the Highland Glen
« on: April 23, 2014, 11:35:08 AM »
Hi Ian, from the very wet Lake District:)

Hugh, a balanced overview and I agree, the too much kit is a an easy trap to fall into. Locus, the Pacerpole is a well informed site, thanks for link :) I will keep everyone posted win my quest.

Maps / Re: OS to stop routine printing of paper maps?
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:06:22 PM »
I am sure that you are right Hugh. We recently bought an HP Designjet T520 for the Centre which prints with up to 610mm, perfect for maps and its print quality is excellent. Only a few years ago this type of big printer would have been outside our financial reach. 

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