Gear and Books


Snow Chains

Posted on March 3rd, by Fiona Bondzio in Gear and Books, SSL Blog. No Comments

Thule self-tensioning snow chains. Mounting time about 2 minutes without having to drive onto the chains or move the car. Dismantling time 30 seconds – you might need to drive off the chain. We import them from Italy. Price on request.


Mountain Equipment, Karakorum Mountain Trousers

Posted on August 13th, by Fiona Bondzio in Gear and Books, SSL Blog. Comments Off on Mountain Equipment, Karakorum Mountain Trousers

“These durable hardshell are the first choice of mountain guides, ski instructors and many other outdoor professionals.”  In the torrential rains here in Moray on the back of Hurricane Bertha I can confirm that they are the best waterproof trousers I ever had. no water gets through even after hours out in heavy rain… In winter I use them also for skiing, ski mountaineering and climbing.


“Pimp my Palava”

Posted on May 29th, by Fiona Bondzio in Gear and Books, SSL Blog. Comments Off on “Pimp my Palava”

We have Gumotex Palava, inflatable  canoes at Sporting Scotland because we find them to be the most versatile canoes on the market. However, we have reached a stage when battling against wind and currents in an inflatable is sometimes more challenge than we want to take on. After some research we came across “Pimp my Palava”, which we hope to replicate. We are looking at a different engine, electric outboard and there will more on that soon. In the meantime, this is an amazing innovation with a 1000Km trip down the Danube from Vienna to the Iron Gate.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQVbkhBADmQ


Highlander Kochbuch

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Gear and Books. Comments Off on Highlander Kochbuch

Für unsere Kunden haben wir ein Gratisexemplar hier in Schottland vorliegen wenn Sie mit uns einen Event oder eine Reise buchen.

Das Buch bietet einen Einblick in die traditionelle Küche der schottischen Highlander und ihrer gälischen Kultur.

Schottland, auf drei Seiten umgeben vom Atlantischen Ozean und der Nordsee, war und ist bis heute reich an hoch geschätzten Spezialitäten. In diesem Buch finden Sie sowahl eine Auswahl an ursprünglichen und rustikalen Rezepten von den Feuerstellen der Schäfer, Fischer und Kleinbauern, als auch von den weltbürgerlichen Taflen der Clanchefs. Darüber hinaus bietet dieses Buch Einblicke in die damaligen Tisch – und Tafelsitten und viele Informationen rund um die historischen Kochküchen und Utensilien.

http://www.felix-ag.de/look/044_lookinside/


The Universal Helmet

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Gear and Books. Comments Off on The Universal Helmet

In last week’s blog, there is a close up of me in my new tangerine helmet climbing the Coich Nose. Not only is this helmet easy to spot anywhere on the hill.  it is the only helmet that meets requirements for adventure sports such as mountaineering, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking.

As all sport is also about the kit – this PETZL METEOR III is the perfect choice and weighing just 235 grams it’s hardly noticeable in the rucksack or on your head! If you don’t like tangerine – it comes in two more subdued colours – but hey, you want to be seen


The best so far – Paramo Jacket

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Gear and Books. Comments Off on The best so far – Paramo Jacket

When discussing waterproof clothing which is really waterproof, but doesn’t make you sweat during exercise or touring, my colleague and friend, Keith Dickinson  http://www.ancala.info recommended the new Paramo Men’s Velez Adventure Light Smock. During my visit to the Lake District in October, I bought one, and have never used any other jacket since!

Unlike most other garments which use GoreTex, Sympatex, Teflon or other waterproofing linings, which wear out after a couple of years and then become useless, Paramo uses ANALOGY WATERPROOF by NIKWAX. This enables one not only to wash the garments in the washing machine, but to waterproof it at the same time.

Paramo have different thicknesses, but for me the Light Smock proved to be ideal. Even in temperatures of -18 degrees Celcius, which we had already this winter, I was never cold with the jacket using Icebreaker Merino, … Read More »


Mushrooms by Roger Phillips

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Gear and Books. Comments Off on Mushrooms by Roger Phillips

This comprehensive guide with over 1250 photographs of mushrooms and other fungi has been described by David Bellamy as a masterpiece of identification.  It has a wealth of descriptive detail and is an essential encyclopedia for mushroom hunters.

Mushrooms – Roger Phillips – Macmillan – 2006- ISBN 0-330-44237-6


2008 – The Year of the Compost Toilet

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Gear and Books. Comments Off on 2008 – The Year of the Compost Toilet

My eye fell on an article in this Saturdays’s Times, 31.5.2008 titled “Angel” about the Sunrise Festival – “the only UK festival to use 100% renewable energy” and composting toilets. According to the sunrisecelebration.com web site, “2008 is the Year of the Compost Toilet”.

Well, it might be the only festival using 100% renewable energy, but not the only one using composting toilets. Sporting Scotland has been using them for the past 3 years with really good client response and feedback, in so far as one gets a comment where toilets are concerned. We have one site solely serviced by composting toilets and by the middle of this year our second site will have the same green facilities, which will be a small but valuable contribution to the environment as no run-offs or soak-away pits are needed.

Incidentally, Sporting Scotland has the … Read More »


Cameras and Torches

Posted on May 20th, by admin in Gear and Books. Comments Off on Cameras and Torches

CAMERAS
Camera – OLYMPUS µ 790 SW
Being interested and keeping up-to – date on the equipment side of adventure, we bought a small digital camera a few months ago. With the vast amount of these cameras on offer, it was difficult to pick the right one, but we found one that had all the features we needed and was – above all – waterproof. It was always a hassle on river trips, during fishing or canyoning to get good pictures, as most of time the camera was safely stored away in waterproof bags or containers – by the time the camera was out – the good photo opportunity was gone!

The OLYMPUS µ 790 SW is great for this kind of outdoor activity; it will survive snowstorms with sub-zero temperatures, heavy rains and will even take pictures under water – all this … Read More »


MacLean’s Miscellany of Whisky

Posted on May 9th, by Fiona Bondzio in Gear and Books. Comments Off on MacLean’s Miscellany of Whisky

We found this book to be a humorous & informative read in the run up to the festival.  Charles MacLean spoke at a few festival dinners and tastings, if you get the opportunity to hear him speak you will be guaranteed a very amusing as well as educational couple of hours.