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Old 15 September 2015, 10:00   #21
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Thanks for letting me know you got them ok Fendander..and enjoy the new boat. Im only too happy to help a fellow rover

Going by my moto .. we have swapped some good yarns and advice lately
But now..for me... its a quiet sleep and a sweet dream as this seasons trick is over

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.


Im winterizing my main SIB this week. I know there are still good days left ..but I like to take my time getting things put away..on a nice sunny day like today.

The frosts are starting in the morning up here now and soon it will be sharpen crampon time ..and swing the ice axes. I enjoy the winter snows too.. clambering mountains..and I need to get myself fit and ready for that season now.

Life is one long adventure when retired.. Im sure we agree on that too

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Old 15 September 2015, 14:06   #22
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Im winterizing my main SIB this week.
I'm still waiting for summer to arrive!
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Old 15 September 2015, 15:13   #23
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I made the most of this summer Poly..and in true Gurnard fashion.. I had some great adventures. It was a bit different this year than previous years ..because I enjoyed the company of others. In the past..I have been a bit of a lone wolf. Perhaps furums are to blame for me becoming a bit more social.

Here are just some highlights of my year ..in good weather..and great company.

Going round the Garvellachs with my youngest daughter



Going to Belnahua with the Ribnet guys



Kyles of Bute and wild camp on Inchmarnoch with a friend



Wild camp Loch Fyne with my brother and friends



Wild camp at Loch Etive with an old co worker and his son


Sibbing on Loch Sunnart


Sibbing in Sound of Sleet and Sandaig Isles



Wild camping and mountaineering at Barrisdale with a friend who hadf only two munros to do before completing them all (282)



Round Lismore with another bunch of Sibbers..civilised caravaning ..not wild camping



And the last wild camp on Loch Etive..a few days ago.



I had a few very good single day trips too..both with the Quicksilver and the Seago Slat floor. I still have the Slat floor on the go for short ventures. But the trailer for my Quicksilver is needing new tyres..and the axles are looking very corroded.. so Im not risking towing until I get all that sorted out.

Sadly.. I never managed Skye this year. I fell down a mountain and it scuppered me for a month ..perhaps thats when it rained ?

So you see Poly.. I cant complain about the summer. Its not been the best.. but I have had worse. I will be available for more SIB outings next year ..just let me know when..and I will be there.

Its car camping season now..and heading north for munros..I have only done 59 this year.. so far

Now what was that about poor weather this year ?
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Old 15 September 2015, 15:35   #24
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So you see Poly.. I cant complain about the summer. Its not been the best.. but I have had worse. I will be available for more SIB outings next year ..just let me know when..and I will be there.
You see I think that is because you don't have the weekend restriction.

I'm toying with something interesting in October if the weather plays ball. I've also started thinking ahead to 2016 and the possibility of S*IB Gathering II...
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Ahh..but thats where you are mistaken Poly..I try to restrict myself to home at weekends..the roads and beaches are too busy then.

As the boomtown Rats used to sing "I just love Mondays "

I will be sitting on your slippery SIBs tail again next year..but to get better that going through the Corryvrechan is SIBs could be hard to beat ? Well..perhaps St Kilda could manage to beat it
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Gurnard, ive got to thank you for info on Skye.

We had a great week exploring Dunvegan and didn't get round all of your suggestions but going round the headland from Meanish on Loch Pooltiel to Suardal on Dunvegan was memorable and the kids loved the beach at Harlosh island (didnt take the kids round the headland). Great views whilst fishing around the island.

Might have to give it a miss next year as been a bit depressed since coming back!

Other half lost her camera the day before we were due to come home so only got a couple of photos on my phone of Loch Dunvegan.

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Old 16 September 2015, 03:40   #27
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Hey..glad you enjoyed Skye Stevem. It is without doubt a very magical place.

Sorry to hear of the lost camera though.. that would depress me too. My photographic memories mean a lot to me.

Here are a few of mine from the Dunvagen area to help you remember some of your lost memories. Im sure you will recognize the places now so I wont describe them











All lovely views ..but it is the views from the top of the Cuillin of Skye ..that are to die for









And it is the hills that are calling me now ..far from the madding crowds and over inflated marine prices. :-D
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Superb pictures.

Im going to hang on until the bitter end with packing mine away if at all if i can get away with it, though admittedly im new to sibbing.
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Stunning pictures as ever Gurnard

I'm salivating after viewing them.

I'm giving my Sib until mid October at least before wintering it up.

My old man has hired a static through in the East Coast of Scotland first week of October .

5 days in foreign waters off St Abbs / Eyemouth await.

I'm up for any Sib meets in 2016.

On my to do list for 2016 is Ailsa Craig incorporating a circumnavigate Arran over a few days.

I've also got an eye on the small Isles and Skye as well.

Been waterproofing my walking gear and boots also in preparation for winter
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