One of the things I like about bikepacking is that each setup is unique to the rider. Each person will have different requirements or preferences which are ultimately reflected in their kit. Shaped by experience, setups become dialled in and what works for one person might seem ridiculous to another. There is no rule book… Continue reading EURO FIXED GEAR ODYSSEY BIKE CHECK
The echo chamber of our group chat had tricked us again. With the woes of our Gameshope miss-adventure now in the past the idea of getting out for the first bothy adventure of 2019 had got us excited. Once the naysayers left the conversation it was all carefree positivity with little consideration that the weather… Continue reading IS THE STOVE ON – OVER PHAWHOPE BOTHY MICROADVENTURE
It was already dark by the time we gathered in Bolerno post work. Heeding the weather report everyone had donned various limb warmers, jackets and gloves to close any gaps that the already chilling air could reach. We discussed the less than positive forecast for the evening and how our planned accommodation of Gameshope Bothy lacked a stove or a fire to warm us through the night. Moral was further weakened when I informed the group of the mandatory river crossing to reach the bothy. Once we had established that nobody was actually that enthusiastic about this bikepacking trip we set off...
When was the last time you rode your mountain bike on a real mountain? Not a hill or a forest, a real mountain that towers over all that surrounds it. The realisation was that (like most riders) my mountain biking is spent pedalling around forests on purposely built trails. It is undoubtable that these cultivated… Continue reading BIG MOUNTAINS
I could not get enough of kit lists in my HT550 preparation and poured over many blogs comparing and contrasting my possible setups against others. Some were super light while others not so and many options were considered. Stu and myself had planned to avoid the complications of camping and spend our nights in bothys or bivying… Continue reading HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 KIT LIST
I didn't have a great nights sleep, my mat had developed a hole and was struggling to stay inflated for longer than 3 hours at a time. The sun had returned and brought a good breeze so any damp clothing from the day before was hung out to dry before being re-worn or packed away...
There are many difficult areas on the Highland Trail but when you read up on the route the Northern Loop is always spoken about with a strong level of respect. This is one of the most remote areas of the trail and there are very few bail out options. Your either going forwards or backwards...