Best Laid Schemes – Thoughts on old gear, Walsh running shoes, Suunto watches and Lumix camera.

Well my plans all fell by the way side as I bad dose of “dehli belly” and had to cancel my weekend to Loch Arkaig and Heather’s last Corbett party. There was no way I could go or that I could travel anywhere anyway, So it has been a boring weekend but I am feeling better now so will take it easy today and send my deepest apologise for missing the Corbett party and the meal after.

The Corbett party well done Heather. Photo Ann Butler.

It has also been a week of gear collapses my Suunto watch pre – 2001 a  special deal for our Everest trip it sadly gave up the ghost after 16 years of hard use. It has been a great pal and travelled everywhere with me and got into a more than a few scrapes. The strap rotted it was leather and I broke a pin and at the end the last 4 years it was fixed by a paper clip, instead of a pin (thanks John Cosgrove) but it worked well and gad a hard life. How many gear review do a review 16 years later. Also my Lumix camera fell out of my case at Rannoch Station and has now also packed in but what a great camera. It was magic for photos simple and fairly robust. It only lasted me 4- 5 years but its had a hard time and I have great results and my view is cameras are there to be used and do get battered especially by “heavy handed me”

Farewell old gear does anyone recycle cameras and watches?  Thanks for some great days.

Anyone else done a gear review 17 years after getting a watch?

Footwear for the hills: Some of my pals in the club are enjoying the hills travelling lightly and wearing running gear and running shoes designed for the hill. Surprisingly this is it not new and is a great way to travel when fit and  to free on the hill and care must be taken but what a way to travel and there is nothing better than moving fast and light on the hill, oh these days are missed.

I think I am wearing Walshes here?

In my big hills days I wore  the famous “Walsh running shoes” on many big days. It was only allowed  to do so at one time if I carried boots as well in the RAF Mountain Rescue in case we got a call – out on the hill day. These were crazy rules then, nowadays lots of folk are running the hills and enjoying the lightweight footwear especially in the summer. I can remember wearing gym shoes on my earlier walks 1976/77 when we could especially on the long walk outs and on the summer hills. Nothing changes only the gear gets better. I got a bollocking from the “Mountain Police” for wearing my Walshes on the North & South Clunnie at Kintail a big  traverse in a day till someone told him we were in Mountain Rescue.  I may have been the Team Leader! Just remember that you are vulnerable if you have a problem carry a bit of gear just in case, top tip?

From Manny

“Sometimes individual hills in good weather were done simply with a bumbag, with a windproof, and maybe a Helly top in the bag; if poorer weather maybe a lightweight Gore-Tex jacket, trousers, hat & gloves would go on. On longer stages of multiple hills I would carry a light daypack with maybe leggings, an extra top and waterproof trousers, but generally the extra space was for additional food, and lots of it: Complans, pork pies, crisps, breakfast bars, filled rolls, jelly babies, rehydrate sachets… Of course there would be the usual map & compass, tiny survival bag, sometimes the mobile phone, and always loo paper and Vaseline!”

The Corbett Round – Running the Corbetts a great read and what an introduction!

In summer 2009 Kingussie-based Council Maintenance Officer Manny Gorman ran, cycled and sailed a continuous non-motorised route around Scotland’s (then) 219 Corbetts, notching up a total distance of 2408 miles and 543,642ft of ascent in just under 70 days. The Corbetts are Scottish mountains between 2500-3000 feet, with a 500-foot drop on all sides. Being far more widely scattered than the 3000-foot-plus Munros, a continuous Corbett round is a major achievement, and Manny’s was probably a first, what a great book and a must read by all lovers of these special places.

The Corbett Round


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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