3 Trips Thursday #52

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3 Trips Thursday.

Good old autumn is going strong and I’m looking forward to a week off work. Hopefully with some kind autumn weather so I can get out and really enjoy some trips myself. Fingers crossed. Settle down and click away to enjoy first class outdoors fun.

The Trips.

  1. Deepdale and back part 1.
  2. Just up the street.
  3. Garbh Bheinn. Ardgour. A Magnificent Mountain.

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3 Trips Thursday #51

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3 Trips Thursday

Bit of an accident with this weeks trips but the first two links seem to have a lot of waterfalls and rivers with the other having a few lochs in it so it would appear that we have and aquatic theme this week. Definitely not planned, well not in a concious way at any rate.

The Links

  1. Dreich on Sgurr Creag an Eich.
  2. Revisiting the waterfalls of Afon Mellte and Afon Nedd Fechan in Brecon Beacons.
  3. Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg.

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3 Trips Thursday #50

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3 Trips Thursday

Well and truly into Autumn now with the equinox just passing during the week. Also this is edition number 50. 50 weeks of sharing. Sharing is caring. This week’s full rucksack contains some cracking photographs from Wales. A trip on Skye, which is great and don’t worry the midges. As well as a trip to the Glencoe. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading them.

The Links

  1. At the End of the Day.
  2. Meall Mor, Glencoe.
  3. The Dark Heart of the Cuillin.

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3 Trips Thursday #49

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3 Trips Thursday.

A mixed bag as usual. Big hills, wee hills, in between hills and foreign shores. All good and all excellent trips. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them.

The Links.

  1. Saddle Tops from the south via the pylon track.
  2. Pibble Hill.
  3. Achill Island – Croaqhaun.

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3 Trips Thursday #48

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3 Trips Thursday

Back again for another installment of excellent outdoor trips to get you in the mood for the weekend. The usual mixed bag of trips for you to sit back and enjoy. This week I’ve included a couple of urban walks. Nature and interesting things on your doorstep. You don’t have to go for a wander in the wilds or the country to enjoy being outside.

The Links

  1. Down the Kelvin up the Clyde.
  2. The River Clyde and the Changing Face of Glasgow. Part One.
  3. Counting down to the finish.

Hopefully you enjoyed this week’s selection of trips from around the web. As a;ways you can get in touch with me on Twitter or send me an email from the contact page. Failing that you can just leave a comment in the box below and I’ll get back to you.

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3 Trips Thursday #47

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3 Trips Thursday

It’s the first week in September and the start of meteorological autumn, I think? I’m sure that’s right. Well the leaves are starting to turn their colours at any rate and the berries are starting to ripen so I’ll take it that the season is on the turn. Now pull up a chair, get comfortable and start clicking through to read about some excellent trips outdoors.

The Links.

  1. Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh & Banachdich Tops – Gripping Stuff!
  2. Cycling the Great Glen Way
  3. The Hills East of Loch Treig

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3 Trips Thursday #46

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3 Trips Thursday.

The count down to the weekend has begun and I’ve curated another 3 trips for you. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them and it’ll will get you planning your own trips outside. This week we’ve got a short overnighter that starts and finishes with a run. A walk in the Galloway hills and the other link is a visit to the Black Mount between Loch Etive and Loch Tulla in the Highlands.

The Links.

  1. Travelling Light.
  2. Black Magic.
  3. A Short Walk in the Galloway Hills.

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3 Trips Thursday #45

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3 Trips Thursday

As the unparalleled LL Cool J once said, “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.” Yes, there’s been a hiatus here for 3 Trips Thursday. Those that know me will know I’ve had a bit of a crazy summer which has impacted on my posting and then I got a bit lazy and out of the habit of writing. However I’m back on it so hopefully the following links will inspire you to get outside and have some fun.

The Links.

  1. The Dark Heart of the Cullin
  2. Puffin Away at the Farnes
  3. Walking the Saas Fee in Switzerland

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High UV Buff with Insect Shield


High UV Buff with Insect Shield

I’ll start like I start all of my reviews; with a disclaimer. That way you can decide if you want to read on or not. This High UV Buff with Insect Shield was sent to me by Anth at Kitshack to review. Anth contacted me. I was given the choice of Buffs that I could have to review. Kitshack were kind enough to send me the High UV Buff with Insect Shield and I get to keep it. I have no vested interest in Kitshack who make this Buff other than to share my views and opinions; good, bad or otherwise.     The High UV Buff with Insect Shield is new for this year. What’s new? Compared to your normal everyday Buff, it’s got insect shield. This invisible and odourless protection helps against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and the dreaded midge. I like the sound of that, protection against the midge. Always a winner in Scotland. This should last for up to 70 washes. It doesn’t stop there either. The fabric also offers high UV protection against the sun’s harmful rays blocking 95% of them. Another winner, especially for me and my pastey white Scottish skin.  The fabric is a one piece tubular construction and no seems as standard on all Buffs. It’s made with 100% Coolmax Extreme which is a special 4 channel fibre that wicks sweat away from your body fast and help it to thermo regulate better. It is also treated with Polygiene which helps to keep the bacteria away and the Buff smelling fresher longer. The fabric is also colour fast so won’t fade and it shouldn’t loose it’s elasticity.

Tookie Indoor Gear Test™

I put it through the Tookie Indoor Gear Test™. Not that I really need to seeing as I already own two Buffs and know what they’re like. This basically consisted of sticking it on my digital scales which weighed it at 38g which is right on the money compared to the website figure. It also got a good old poking, stretching and look over. I’m happy to say that it’s all good. Well made as is to be expected. Not a loose fibre or any fraying in sight. The fabric is soft and comfortable to wear next to the skin which is really helped because it doesn’t have any hems or seems. It gets to the stage where you don’t know it’s on when wearing the Buff around the house. Lounging on the couch watching the television. Lying on the floor. Doing the dishes. You know the type of thing. It’s also probably the only time I’ve tried to make any of the other head coverings that you can. Other than the neckerchief or hat. You have to make sure that the gear is comfortable. If doesn’t work around the house it won’t work outside. Passed with flying colours. BUFF_DSC4386

Out and About

I never go for walk without wearing or carrying a Buff at the very least. I think they are excellent bits of kit. I’ve even been known to go out on the town with a Buff on. There’s colour and patterns galore and one to suit every out fit. Helps keeps the neck nice and snug on the walk to the pub and no where near as bulky as a scarf but has all the benefits and more.

This one has worked well on many occasions and there’s not too much I can say about it. The Buff did it’s job unnoticed. Just got on with it. It was never a distraction. Personally that gets top marks. Something that I keep noticing or fidgeting with is no good. I’m in the outdoors to enjoy myself, hopefully with no hassles.

I admit that I did go out my road in trying to test the insect repelling properties. I was a bit sceptical so I would go stand in the middle of the wood on warm and muggy days. Searching out the midge in it’s usual haunts which isn’t too hard in the west of Scotland. I could sometimes just go and stand outside my back door. Just to see if it would live up to the claim. I was impressed and it worked really well and work even better when the Buff was worn like a face mask.

One thing they don’t advertise about the Buff is hope much it stops your stubble catching on a zip. Yep, you know what I’m talking about, you and your hispter beard or designer stubble know well. It’s doesn’t get along with a high collars and zips. The Buff helps that.

Me, I love a Buff. They may not be for you but everyone is different. I never go out with out one. Like I’ve said previously I’ve only ever worn them as a scarf or a hat. Versatile and multifunctional which is always good. Can’t fault them. Well made and comfortable. If you don’t have one get one and remember a Buff is not just for the hills.

You can see the full gallery of photographs here on flickr at Buff headwear. More will be added as and when I find them.

3 Trips Thursday #44

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3 Trips Thursday

Another week, another 3 great trips to look over and get inspired from especially as we haven’t really had any sort of summer weather. Well not in Scotland at any rate. Fingers crossed it picks up. In the mean time, tuck in.

The Links

  1. Dooch Wood Dalliance
  2. The Yellow Hill.

  3. Meditations on a summer evening.

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