IS THE STOVE ON – OVER PHAWHOPE BOTHY MICROADVENTURE

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

TYPE 2 IS COMING – GAMESHOPE 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...

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 KIT LIST

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

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 DAY 6

I kept looking back down the road thinking about the 150 miles left of the route. The pain of each pedal stroke was a clear message that turning back and soldering on would just be an exercise in hardship and a potentially risk of long term damage...

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 DAY 5

My GPS signalled that it was decision time. Lets do it, I pulled off the main road and headed towards the hills. If I had known more about the area that I was entering I would have probably thought twice but sometimes ignorance is bliss. It was time to tackle Fisherfield...

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 DAY 4

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...

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 DAY 3

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...

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 DAY 2

More gravel stretched ahead and other than the wind catching our frame bags and trying to force us off the track this was gravel grinding gold. We made our way across the wide open landscape, the temperature was perfect and the pace comfortable.

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 DAY 1

It was time. We got up, ate and faffed around making sure that everything was packed. Stu had lent me an extra gas tank last minute which was fitted and filled with extra snacks. The weather was a little dull and there was a morning chill although this soon left us as we pedalled out of Tyndrum...

HIGHLAND TRAIL 550 PROLOGUE

I am a worrier when it comes to preparing for trips. I am also a procrastinator and these traits usually result in everything being a bit of a whirlwind come the weeks before any trip. I stress about my bike setup, about clothing, about spares, about tyres, about weather, about food and even about empty bag space...