Still a lot of standing water around but we could skip the soft bits, just want to get out if its as nice a night as tonight. Happy for someone else to lead if endless climbs don’t appeal 😀
On which note though, I got 99.5% up the traverse of the North Face of White Hill today, then cocked it up trying to wheely the last bit. There weren’t even any neds nearby to impress with my awesome skills 😳
In other news, the rain seems to have turned the descent down the side of Puke Hill into a very interesting proposition. The section in the trees is almost completely washed away, leaving a web of roots exposed with the occasional bank of mud to slide through. Excellent wee addition if you don’t mind wasting all that height in about 15 seconds…Posted 6 years ago
Have a good one guys.
I was out last night and it is actually surprising dry in most parts especially higher up – I guess the wind has been drying it out.
Did Bonaly – Torduff Hill – Scalectrix – Harbour Hill North traverse – over Bells Hill – Den’s Cleugh (a little walking around the wettest bits required) – UP Black Hill (dry!) – Green Cleugh – Hare Hill up to Red Gate – West Kip – East Kip – Scald Law (all very dry) – down to the Howe – Green Cleugh – passed our repairs which are holding up well 🙂 – exponential – Nail Trail (again a couple of boggy bits which needed avoiding, but general reasonable dry) – back to Ed via WoL. 😀Posted 6 years ago
To be honest the eroison caused by riding the trails is sod all compared to what the heavy rain over the weekend will have done on its own. It was similar torrential downpours that carved out the gulley on black hill two years ago and I’m sure a few more will have appeared. Even the armoured track up and over maidens has taken a severe hammering this time.Posted 6 years ago
Guys, ignore the group of 3 thing, TBC merely said he was going to nip out by himself or in a small group. I do remember a winter ride when about 15 of us did the traverse from Allermuir to Capelaw, left a bit of a mess behind us!
I’ll go with whatever the biggest group is and we’ll decide on a route when we’re up there. Prob something like Torduff – Clubbiedean – Poet’s – that farm track above the WoL with the wee singletrack bits leading off it – Harlaw – ??Posted 6 years ago
there is only any point into splitting into smaller groups if everyone goes different ways, if two groups of five riders go over the same boggy bit fifteen minutes apart from each other there isn’t going to be any difference to ten at once.
Its been really dry and warm last few days so I don’t think it’ll be too bad if the usual bog areas are avoided like phantoms and nail trail etc, from what Fraser reports I don’t think there need to worry much. Black hill being dry is good!Posted 6 years agoAlasdairMcMember
no longer the dusty singletrack ribbon it once was!
Agreed, and that’s really been a couple of years of heavy use that has done that. However, there are alternative little trails in the surrounding woods that are worth a shot. Generally not as twisty, but different anyway.Posted 6 years ago
bigjim – Aye, I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong it not dusty but aside from the usual boggy patches which obviously need a bit of care it is definitely firm.
Have a good one – I’m quite jealous would like to be out again tonight but I have to see a man about some windows 🙁Posted 6 years ago
If it’s about disclaimers then please don’t email me. They are actually more implicating having one than not.
And in any point – i am way too slow at the moment after gorging myself on Peroni for 2 weeks on honeymoon. I would merely hold you fine gents back in an embarassing way! 😉Posted 6 years ago
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