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    I can confirm that there is no issue with parking...

    I can confirm that there is no issue with parking by the field gate, close by the little patch of trees. You can also use that spot immediately at the N end of the bridge to do a drop off, then drive...
  2. Definitely a neat design. My original trolley...

    Definitely a neat design.

    My original trolley was a cut up Silver-Cross pram frame with detachable wheels, again with a wood spacer bracing the ends of the axle. It fair took some hammer!

    The...
  3. Alternative is to nip down to one's local...

    Alternative is to nip down to one's local mountain bike repair shop and see what second hand slightly buckled or worn wheels can be picked up for just a few bob, plus worn tyres. Or have a son who...
  4. Drive past it every day. I've had a hankering to...

    Drive past it every day. I've had a hankering to give it a try (initially from higher up), but I'd never got round to it. Good to see the photos.
    Thank you for the Blog.
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    Great report. Nice to be able to follow along on...

    Great report. Nice to be able to follow along on the Big Maps (OS maps selectable!). Myself and my wife were there just a few weeks ago and again saw nobody! 3 days in the wild. Managed to line the...
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    I was talking with the Rangers a couple of months...

    I was talking with the Rangers a couple of months back after a drive/cycle around Lochearnhead. The number of loch shore campers out from Glasgow was horrendous. The rangers were fairly patient and...
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    Most bad backs are, ultimately, the result of...

    Most bad backs are, ultimately, the result of poor posture and 'wrong' exercise (been there).

    If you can, get some advice on suitable physio exercises for you that you can do daily (these can be...
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    There is also North of the North - Central belt...

    There is also North of the North - Central belt Scotland.. There are always opportunies at either end (Edin/Gla). Plus aerospace.
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    It is easy to park and put in at the hotel. Do...

    It is easy to park and put in at the hotel. Do check the tide times as the tide falls quite low if you are trying to load at low tide (the jetty ends up 4ft above the water).

    It's a nice paddle,...
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    The Petzl Partner pulley looks to be just the...

    The Petzl Partner pulley looks to be just the thing. The extra sealed ball bearings look to be the thing to have (I have the old style plain shaft). https://rockrun.com/products/petzl-partner-pulley...
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    I find I perspire a lot (it's a DamX suit I have...

    I find I perspire a lot (it's a DamX suit I have - bombproof but no breathability), so I tend to use woolen sox and a wooly jumper as they both will absorb much of the perspiration without loosing...
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    When I tried to use my Revolver the line went at...

    When I tried to use my Revolver the line went at an angle and didn't flow through the roller properly. For those time when I want to have a proper pully I'd get one of the Petzl's with the swinging...
  13. The phrase "reduce incidents of unfettered access...

    The phrase "reduce incidents of unfettered access currently causing confrontation" does sound a bit like NLP (neuro linguistic programming) that tries to suggest that restrictions must be put in...
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    Just to say that there is a neat cycle short-cut...

    Just to say that there is a neat cycle short-cut (marked trail on smooth tarmac) from Milton of Buchannan all the way to the Drymen bridge. This avoids a lot of the road riding and is pretty...
  15. Hilleberg Dark Green material - Midge attraction??

    I've got a Hilleberg Keron 3 in the new very dark green material they are now using - it's almost black.

    We are finding that the midges love the darkness of the material and the wind / sun shade...
  16. On a slightly different slant, my kayak club had...

    On a slightly different slant, my kayak club had an issue at the local recreation park with Blue-green algae.

    The alsgae is classed as toxic, so the sailors managed to continues sailing as they...
  17. Did the Great Glen earlier this year in Sea...

    Did the Great Glen earlier this year in Sea Kayaks.

    The car shuttles do take at least half a day. We sorted out the night before. Then shuttled, and started at ~11.30 for a short first day to...
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    If there is only 50mm (2 inch) left in the boat...

    If there is only 50mm (2 inch) left in the boat then it's empty enough to my mind, though some think that they should expect a totaly dry boat after the rescue.

    Sometimes it does depend on the...
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    Well done for the rescue. Tricks include using...

    Well done for the rescue.

    Tricks include using their upturned boat as a jetty-platform-slide to bring the casualties across into your boat - you raft up your boat on the opposite side of their...
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    I strongly agree with ensuring you have both...

    I strongly agree with ensuring you have both front and rear towing eyes for the tie down.

    They truly limit the chance that the boat can shift around on the roof.

    A collegue had 4 kayaks come...
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    For ordnance survey maps of UK, you could use...

    For ordnance survey maps of UK, you could use bing/maps (ceratinly when in UK) and select OS maps from the drop down at top right. They have the whole UK at both 50K and 25k scales.

    The other...
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    The BBC report (two photos) is at...

    The BBC report (two photos) is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-38788529.

    Just shows the potential issues if the tie downs 'fail' (or whatever went wrong).

    Colleague had the...
  23. Thanks, they look sensibly priced, and I expect...

    Thanks, they look sensibly priced, and I expect they may have smaller offcuts as well that would do me fine.

    Philip
  24. Needing leather for straps.. (for XC skiing..)

    I'm looking to repair some of my Cross Country mountain ski poles, which have leather baskets and handle straps.

    The baskets need two peices of leather strap about 20mm wide by 18cm long by 3mm...
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    :) In addition, you can take a screen shot of...

    :)

    In addition, you can take a screen shot of the part of the map you want, then do a nice colour, or b/w print.

    Depending on your approach you can then use a regular laminator (a bit stiff,...
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