There’s some stuff in the current Trail mag, and first mention goes to Andy Bellamy (more familiar on here as Bellie) who has a cracking piece about a backpack through The Peak. Having had a quick visit I can see why folk enthuse about it, and it’s good that intimate first-hand knowledge of the area makes it into the mag.
My Peak visit was to do the shots for the tarp grouptest that’s in there, and I wonder if folk who know the area can spot where we did the shots? The shoot was great fun, if hectic, the tarps were pitched and re-pitched constantly and when were were finished I was toast, and poor GT was an icecube.
I enjoyed doing the tarps, messing with these things over winter was tricky, but it did concentrate the mind and I got familiar with them all, so I’m looking forward to summer nights on the tops with them as I’m feeling much more confident than I was in November when they started arriving. The “winner” of the test was a surprise of sorts. I didn’t pick it as such, I made a list of features and points that I thought were important and scored them all individually, totted up the scores and there it was. I liked that way of doing it, the winner kinda picks itself if you know what I mean? It’s a good group of tarps, no weak links, all different. I’ll do some coverage on here over the summer, lots to talk about.
One important point is in the text, I say “…limited only by imagination”, and that’s a quote from R MacE’s cracking blog post on the Alkit Rig 7. It did originally read that I was quoting, but some tightening-up of the text (never be precious over your writing, editing by others, whether you like or not, mostly makes it easier for other folk to read) saw that trimmed out.
I did a piece on Schiehallion which was fun. The stories about the hill, Maskelyne’s experiment to find the mass of the planet and Hutton’s invention of contour lines are really interesting. It wasn’t some bloke up there dressed in tweed with a plumb-bob and note book, it was a big deal with platforms built on the sides of the hill and teams of workmen.
It’s nice to promote the area too, it’s got a lot to offer. It’s central positions seems to make it a second choice as folk pass on the A82 or A9 at either side on their way to the honeypots, but Perthshire rocks I can assure you.
My Kinlochleven guide is in there too, three walks and a bunch of local information. It took my bloody ages to do that one, and I’m pretty pleased with it. All the walks can be done by foot from the town and it turns out when you really look at it, Kinlochleven is well set-up for an extended stay. I think it’s a good format and we”ll see more of these guides in the mag.