- HT550 crowdfunded book…
There’s a definite crossover on here from the bearbones forum so I thought I’d try expose this to a wider audience:
By Lee Craigie and Adventure Syndicate pulling together the experiences of several people and illustrated with some decent looking photography. Looks to be in keeping with SW ethos.
No involvement (other than I’ve pledged so want to get my book )
Hoping to ‘tour’ the route next year so this is all grist to the mill.Posted 3 years ago
Really looking forwards to seeing this too. Partly as my words are in it too but mainly as I think it’ll be great. James Robertson is the photographer. He shot the Transcontinental Race too and has a good eye, particularly for suffering.
He’s on Instagram as @jprobertson if you want to see more of his work.Posted 3 years ago
Didn’t know that Mr Shand, that’ll be a good listen I reckon.
MH – how do you mean an official touring thing? The 2016 route is here – http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=vqwkzqridmcqtzzf download it to the gps device of your choice, hop on your bike and enjoy it 😀
Lars wrote this – http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/highland-trail-550/ which may be of interest.Posted 3 years ago
Duh Ian, that’s what I saw…
Not currently got a gps device of choice as of yet, looking for something to thumb through to while away the winter nights…. 🙂
Is there a suitable website that lets you load GPX files to see the route?
Yup, I really am this clueless/dumb
aul age, disnae come itsel.Posted 3 years agoIvanDobskiMember
Hadn’t seen the Kickstarter but had, very vaguely, toyed with the idea of trying to film the 2017 HT550 as a documentary. This plan got no further than checking out new cameras etc online but as an alternative to the seemingly endless “kidz doing skidz” videos it seemed interesting.
(Interesting to a the small population who like both offroad time trials and low quality video footage!)Posted 3 years ago
MH – no worries at all 🙂 I’m not even that old yet so need to figure out a better excuse for when that sort of things happens to me (which is quite often 😳 )
I think that gpsies site will let you look at the route but I don’t like the mapping. But if you download the route from there (may need to register but t’is free) and upload it to bikehike.co.uk that will let you toggle between google maps, OS maps and satellite mapping. I much prefer that as a way to view routes.
Online anyway, in a perfect world I’d have a huge map room and a load of marker pensPosted 3 years ago
@MH I’m the same username on Bearbones. There’s a few recent threads about GPS devices, the consensus is usually:
Low cost: Garmin Etrex
Middle price: Garmin Dakota or Oregon
Money no object: Garmin Montana
These aren’t the (road) bike specific Edge models but aimed at general, usually trekking or geocaching, usage. They use AA batteries and with the Oregon at least you can change batteries without losing your current recording. There are free OSM maps available for them so you don’t have to use/pay for OS maps.Posted 3 years ago
@whitestone: yeah, I know… Likewise I’m the same over there too (in fact I think it was you that sent me that way in the first place on my B+/bikepacking thread).
Re GPS: I already asked the question on here, I’ve seen both the eTrex & Oregan, pretty much made up my mind just waiting to accumulate some funds (I’ve been a bit spendy of late… 😳 )http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/talk-to-me-about-gps-for-bikepackingPosted 3 years ago
I can confirm the Etrex (or at least the 30x model that I use) will tolerate battery changes while keeping all it’s data.
Mine did suffer a terminal systems crash when I was heading to bearstock (was replaced under warranty. And I could tell you about the time when Lee’s garmin crashed in similar fashion, but given the thread title that may be spoiling the story!Posted 3 years ago
MH – how do you mean an official touring thing? The 2016 route is here – http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=vqwkzqridmcqtzzf download it to the gps device of your choice, hop on your bike and enjoy it
that looks different to what is on the HT550 website, has it changed again?Posted 3 years ago
Thanks, ive pledged. No chance ill ever do it but should be a good read.
Side tracking the topic a little, im up there for a few days soon and was planning a bit of riding. Was thinking a loop from Fort William to Kinlockleven then to Laggan on either old route or the new one (possibly diverting to A9 from Loch Rannoch if its cold to avoid Ben Alder).
It being hunting season and raining (snowing?) a lot, any suggestions which would be better?Posted 3 years ago
No snow as yet (well, a wee dusting later week). Temps are back up across the Highlands. I believe it’s been wet in places, though mostly dry round the Northern Cairngorms. The old route throws in the obvious barrier of the Abhainn Rath so would be at risk (Tour de Ben Nevis was affected a few weeks ago).
Stalking wouldn’t worry me. You’re mainly on rights-of-way or well established tracks.Posted 3 years ago
Just spotted the comments above about the map on http://www.highlandtrail.net I don’t think Alan (or steve) has got round to updating it – that looks (on my phone anyway!) like the 2015 route. This year only used the WHW on the way out for a few km then took on a big eastward sweep up Glen Lyon past Ben Alder on some great singletrack.Posted 3 years ago
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