• The Hypalon attachment points on the Alpkit tarps are seriously strong compared with the ones on standard DD tarps. I’ve owned both, DD never last that long with my heavy abuse, the polypropylene webbing the use frays and pulls away from the fabric quite quickly in wind. The Alpkit Cordura fabric is also good, though I did manage to rip it…[Read more]

  • malgrey replied to the topic Educate me please! Smart watch in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Happy with my Garmin Vivoactive 3. Does all I need (and more). If you want to actually use the watch to communicate back to messages or whatever though, its no Apple Watch. I mostly use it to vaguely track my activity, to know when I’ve got emails or messages, to get cricket updates, and even to tell the time.

    Had a Fatbut (Fitbit) a few years…[Read more]

  • Go Dorset, or Exmoor or somewhere similar then? Much nicer to explore; if that’s your main thing, I really think south Essex is a bad choice!

  • Work takes me on the road throughout East Anglia, and try to explore the areas I stay in. South Essex is my least favourite area; apologies to anybody who lives there! Maldon seems pleasant enough, but otherwise there’s not a lot exciting to do in any of the places I’ve stayed, and the places are quite anonymous. The seaside towns are what you…[Read more]

  • Yep, Sgor Gaoith is a good call, nice but straightforward walk from lovely Glen Feshie, then some fabulous views and big drops on the other side.

    The walk through Rothiemurchus to the Lairig Ghru is good too, without visiting any summits.

    If you just want an “easy” hill, those to the west of Drumochter are quick and you start high. A…[Read more]

  • I used the Caledonian sleeper as part of a journey from Hove to Inverie (Knoydart) with a folding canoe. Excluding the Hove-London section, cost me about £150 three years ago. Mate travelled in the seats section, paid about 60. So I spent about £90 on 2 nights bed. On the way up, I slept poorly on and off, but woke to make sure I could watch the s…[Read more]

  • Forgot to say. The other thing is to make sure that travel, timings, etc are not part of the stress that day! Plan your route, allow lots of time, and if early, already have the knowledge of a nearby cafe or something you can go and sit in, relax with a coffee/tea or whatever, and if you feel the need, read through any notes you’ve had one final…[Read more]

  • Some great advice above.

    You’ve been chosen for interview. So you already know you have something they’re interested in.

    The interviews I’ve been successful in were the ones I actually enjoyed, which was because there was some sort of chemistry between me and the prospective employers, or because I loved my “subject”. If there wasn’t one of…[Read more]

  • Not bikes, but travelling solo with my folding canoe (20kg big bag), week’s paddling gear (same weight but not much bigger than normal backpack) and day sack is something I’ve done a few times. Travelling with big stuff is doable, but needs extra time.

    The main thing is to get the things booked in quickly. Go to loo at last services before…[Read more]

  • Came back yesterday. Almost no snow left then. However rained low down yesterday, don’t know what happened on tops but was quite mild so doubt masses up there, just a dusting I would imagine, and as above, forecast not great (one factor to us deciding not to extend the trip). I’d be taking the bike and doing a route that keeps below 600m, unless…[Read more]

  • malgrey replied to the topic Cant Find TV Programme in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Yep, Quest, and it was indeed, simply a few cameras attached to the train in different places, shown in one continuous journey on a glorious sunny day, no commentary, and all the better for that.
    I followed it on OS Maps as it went along. Strangely, couldn’t look away from the telly, despite nothing really happening.
    A good thing.

  • malgrey replied to the topic CV's…How long is too long? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    2 is indeed ideal, but its the first one that matters. It needs to tell them at a glance why you’re interesting and relevant enough to talk to. I re-visit it for every role I apply for, and make changes as necessary.

    If specifically asked for additional roles than fit on two pages, just list them with at most a very brief summary of any relevant…[Read more]

  • malgrey replied to the topic She’s on her way back……. in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    I love the misty mornings of autumn
    I love the crispy cold days of winter.
    I love the newfound joy of spring
    I love the warmth of a summer’s day.

    Mostly though, I like daylight, so summer gets my vote!

  • An ex’s grandmother once gave her a ball of string for Christmas. Wrapped neatly using Sellotape. Not string. Apparently they are useful.

    I received a particularly hideous purple-ish T-shirt once, in an almost insulting large size that I have never been. (My family do generally believe that you might as well go big with clothing in most…[Read more]

  • malgrey replied to the topic Geneva in January – wwstd in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    The waterfront area is basically where to head. Take a boat across for a beer or something to get a view from the water. The city is compact enough to walk most places, but public transport is pretty good.

    The views to the mountains from around the area are excellent, I’d be looking at finding somewhere to get out for a wander on the local…[Read more]

  • Tamarack Outdoors near Garstang is an awesome place for the more bushcrafty outdoor stuff, Tony and Mike are excellent, and the little room at the back with used stuff is a dangerous place to visit.

  • I was going on holiday a couple of years ago and realised everything I was wearing was from Decathlon, apart from my underpants. I was a bit embarrassed, but I’ve got some Decathlon underpants now, so I can hold my head up with a properly co-ordinated ensemble wardrobe.

    This is worryingly familiar. I too have bought the pants.

    I once bumped i…[Read more]

  • Absolutely awesome! Thanks for bringing a bit of cheer to us all and Merry Christmas, Happy New Decade!

  • malgrey replied to the topic Everyone playing? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Hit by a double whammy whilst driving today, the 2 second warning just wasn’t long enough…

    …I’m out. Still, lasted a week.

  • malgrey replied to the topic Everyone playing? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Still in….

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