Whiteburn's Wanderings

One man's wanderings backpacking around Scotland plus the odd digression

Winter Ramble

I’ve been a bit remiss recently, being guilty of hopping out for a few bimbles in the Cairngorms without any postings. The latest trip turned out to be the first … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · 5 Comments

The Mounth

I finally managed to break away from the chores by early afternoon & drive the couple of hours over to Braemar quickly dropping the car & hoofing it up past … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Trail Shoe Gaiters

Wearing gaiters (or as the wife describes them ‘spats’) with trail shoes is a pretty good way of minimising muck (mud, sand, grit, twigs, etc) from getting inside the shoe … Continue reading

October 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

HRP Revisited

The plan: 4 weeks in the Pyrenees taking in the bits of the HRP that I’d missed out on my 2014 HRP trip due to the amount of snow in … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · 13 Comments

Trailstar Vs Duomid

My much loved MLD Trailstar has now gone to a new owner whom I’m sure will get as much enjoyment out of it as I did.  I hadn’t really thought … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Avon

“I’ll be around Ben Avon somewhere” was the parting shot as I left home. The forecast was for two days mixed weather then downhill so with 3 days supplies it was … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coulags

Driving through Garve with 1cm hail stones battering down turning the road white in a minute & followed a few minutes later by heavy rain flooding the road I wondered … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glen Orrin

The drive up the single track road up Strathconnon is quite a pleasant one but arriving late on Sunday afternoon I had to suffer the multitude of day-trippers on their … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · 7 Comments

Glen Tanar: Man eaters?

Plan A failed before it even got off the ground, for lots of reasons, so I decided to just head out to one of my favourite spots for a night in … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Another MYO stove

Sounds too good to be true; an alcohol (meths) stove that’s efficient, <15ml for a 500ml boil (1/2oz for 2 cups); simple to build, 2 mins; really cheap, ~£1.50 each. … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 · 18 Comments

3 Bothies

Time for a little trip to recharge the soul, I’d missed out on the prior week’s good weather & the forecast was a little mixed (typical Scottish spring forecast…….sunshine & … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

Lairig Ghru

3pm & after 6hrs travelling (bus, train, pub lunch then bus) it felt good to hit the ‘Old Logging Trail’ out of Aviemore. I did think of heading into the … Continue reading

February 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Petzl MYO – RIP

Needless to say that I’m an inveterate fixer so when the Petzl MYO RXP ‘failed’ on my last trip (light flickered incessantly & then switched itself off, repeatedly) a ‘fix’ … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Bothy nights

I had just to get out of the house! Lots of fresh snow in the hills, flooding still seemed to be impacting any significant stream crossings, the road to Braemar … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · Leave a comment
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