Whiteburn's Wanderings

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

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


Wandering up Glen Lui just before lunchtime musing of where to head; no wind, -3C, it felt good to be out in the mountains again. I’d nearly missed the opportunity … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 5 Comments

A stroll

I’d given the knee a couple of weeks rest & while still awaiting an appointment with the Physio I was getting bored & impatient watching the good weather float past.  … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 4 Comments

Moroccan Lamb

Just completed a mass dehydrator session; 8 * Bolognese, 8 * Chilli con Carne, 8 * Lamb Madras curries, 8 Moroccan Lamb & a batch of Tomato leather. As usual … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · 7 Comments

Not the TGO Challenge

Should I apply for a place on the 2016 Challenge…………or not? Nothing against the Challenge, I’ve enjoyed the 3 crossings I’ve completed & met a lot of nice people along … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

More Pot Cosy’s

During this year’s Pyrenees jaunt I used a very simple cosy knocked up from 3mm flooring underlay & Ali tape; less bulk than my trusty sleeping mat cosy & less … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment


I’d a plan on the back burner for a high level traverse from Glenfinnan across to the Great Glen taking in 3 Munroes & 4 Corbetts just waiting for reasonable … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

A bit of GR11 slackpacking

Arrived back in the UK a week ago having spent 5½ weeks ambling in the Pyrenees primarily along the GR11.  Originally I looked at a shorter trip, ~4 weeks, finishing … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 15 Comments


I was struggling, the 750m climb up to Sgurr nan Gillean first thing on a morning, well 9am, with a stinking hangover isn’t to be recommended. A buddy & I … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Trouble with the Starlyte

Recently I experienced a couple of issues with my Zelph Starlyte alcohol stove. Firstly when hot flame would appear from around the edge of the reduction ring (Caldera cone version) … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · 2 Comments