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  1. #41

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    Tents are a very personal choice, I'd like lighter, this is 1kg+0.8kg in poles but is bomb and midge proof...


  2. #42

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    Blastmatch - instead of matches. It works for years and is brilliant - they are supplied in pilot's ditching survival kits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohanzee View Post
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    midge proof...
    They all are. Until you open the door to put your stuff in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ant77 View Post
    They all are. Until you open the door to put your stuff in.
    I ordered my tent from the US where they are made to get it cheaper, the wonders of global shopping, only to panic when I discovered some foreign tents are designed for different climates! bigger mesh for mosquitos turned out to be fine but its maybe something to check when eBay shopping.

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    Just seen this great thread and the mention of Lochan Fada and its midges. I was up there last August and the midges were pretty special! You might need to zoom in in the picture a bit but hopefully you can see how prolific they were.

    Full story here





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    That took me back to a wonderful evening camped next to Lochan Fada after I'd just done the Fisherfields. I wasn't in a rush, taking the East side on the first day and the West on the second. I'd taken in Slioch on the way up so it was a three-nighter. I was making my way off A Mhagidean and had about two hours to go until sunset. It had been a wonderful trip and I'd not long since been treated to two Golden Eagles taking flight from about 10 yards away and soaring off down the Glen. I'd camp at the far end of Fada and watch the sunset. It'd all be sweet.



    Of course by the time I got to the beach the breeze had gone and the sky was black with our little friends. I couldn't find decent ground to pitch on and ended up just lobbing the Vango one-man into a bit of rough. I couldn't stand being out there any more. They were in my eyelids, up my nose, down my ears. It was hell. I spent the sunset peeking out of a tiny gap in the door blowing smoke from my rolly into the dense cloud of the little buggers. And I spent the rest of the night with my headtorch on, squishing hundreds of them. Knowing what thats like you might forgive the state of the pitch that I woke up in



    I wasn't fishing then but there were some stunning fish moving that morning although I gather its a sea trouty/salmony sort of gig up there so Fada is probably a no-no even without the abhorrent new Act.

    Here's another **** snap from that trip, the day before. I was on the summit of Beinn a' Chlaidheimh looking West. Last summit of the day for me. I think thats Beinn Dearg Mor marooned in the mist which came up to around 300m. Of course I could have stayed there but in my wisdom I decided to head for Shenavall. In the dark. Through that lot.



    It was rather tricky on nothing but a compass bearing. When I came to a river, having navigated down the cliffs via deer paths and then an enormous bog of dead ends, I stopped and pitched. I was rather chuffed with myself when the sun came up.



    OK. It wasn't Shenavall but it wasn't far off There is a point to that story. I was carrying a glass half-bottle of whisky which I'd intended to ration over the three nights. The whole lot went down in the tent on the second, partly to get over my amazement at having stayed alive. That bottle was very heavy and unnecessary, even at that size. Since then I've used Capella Apple Juice bottles for the same reasons outlined by Ohanzee. Bar the hot water bottle bit. Eugh.

    That trip was 8 years ago, hence the old photos, but I'm itching to get back (no pun intended). A very special place indeed.

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    Ear plugs are a must on my camping trips as I'm a miserable bast#rd with lack of sleep

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    Interesting thread. I've just returned from 6 days in the wilderness chasing wild troot in NW Scotland. Didn't spend a penny on accomodation and
    didn't spend one night under canvas either and never weighed my rucksack once.

    Aside from kit you need a plan, but that plan needs to bend and flex when weather and fish won't play. You need to cover those 'what if's'. I spend two days just hill walking when the wind dropped and the sun came out knowing from past experience that I stood no chance fishing those conditions.

    Decide on an area and do your research. Look at the waters, the terrain, the geology and the weather forecast. Think ' what do I do if?' a lot and remember it's often the lochs you can't find any information on are the ones you should be fishing
    Tuig thus' an t-eathar agus tuigidh an t- eathar thu

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    We had a cracking week in the Shetland Islands this year. No shortage of hard to reach, rarely fished lochs with potentially big troots in them there!

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    I reckon the best tip is don't expect to get it all perfect first time round, every trip is a new learning experience and reconnaissance for another, if you have the skills to stay warm and dry when its cold and wet, find your way back from where you came from, and adapt your fishing skills to suit whatever you find, what you get is a challenge and satisfaction that you found, fished and caught without knowing what was even over the hill.

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    A badly broken leg some years ago stopped me going back packing although I did get a titanium rod out of it.
    For a number of years I used to go and camp on the Parph at Cape Wrath in Sutherland.
    Initially I used to stay at the bothy at Kervaig and fish the streams and sea pools and from there walk into the interior and fish the high lochs and camp for a few days before making my way to Sandwood loch and Kinlochbervie.
    I know the bothy at Kervaig has been done up since last I was there and really does look smart.
    There is another bothy at Strathchailleach which I saw but never visited and believe has also been repaired and would also be worth staying at.
    If you contact the Mountain Bothy association which is also worth joining they have quite a number of bothies in Scotland a lot of which make good bases and are well off the beaten track.
    I never went alone on the Parph and made sure my route and plans were known.

    Johnclayton

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