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#56005 - 13/06/10 10:08 PM West Highland Way - Buddies wanted
Nomad Offline
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Registered: 13/06/10
Posts: 1
Hi All,

I live in Windsor (Berkshire) and have always wanted to spend a few days lost in the West Highland way. No mobile, a tent, a backpack, some dry food and maybe a cask of red wine (I'm French) smile

The perfect plan would be that after I posted this words, I get contacted by cool walkers in search of a trip out of the rat race but tips would also be more than welcome as I know very little about this amazing area. You might already be planning the trip so if there's a slot for a party crasher, I'll also be happy to know about it.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Enjoy the outdoors

#56908 - 03/07/10 05:23 PM Re: West Highland Way - Buddies wanted [Re: Nomad]
Faraz Offline
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Registered: 29/12/09
Posts: 17
If I could take any more holidays this year I would! If you're looking for tips/advice, it may help to know about mistakes other people made. I tried to walk the Way in a very short space of time last year (3 1/2 days) but didn't manage to finish. My account may help you with setting yourself a target of how long to take and noticing potential pitfalls!

#56914 - 04/07/10 12:54 PM Re: West Highland Way - Buddies wanted [Re: Faraz]
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
You tried, but failed, so what, it is all good experience and the main thing is you attempted something that few would contemplate.
Just one point though, for a 3/4 day backpacking trip your sacs looked rather large and full. My wild camping sac weight for that length of time, inc water and food would be around 16lbs. Anything over 30 lbs seriously starts to slow the pace and inevitably leads to less daily mileage.

#56921 - 04/07/10 05:16 PM Re: West Highland Way - Buddies wanted [Re: Slogger]
Faraz Offline
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Registered: 29/12/09
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Too true. Next time, we'll probably opt for lighter packs and take a little longer or have them transported between stops. We had trouble with the weight of our packs because (a) our stoves/tents etc weren't too lightweight (b) we'd overpacked a little, and (c) everything was soaked and therefore heavier.


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