1/ Hello! & FAQ’s

Hello.

I’m PTC, Petesy and Peter Macfarlane. I’m various things: husband; father; heating engineer and by accident an occasional freelance outdoor writer, equipment tester and advocate of lightweight outdoors stuff.
I’m no geek though, I don’t play in the garden, the gear goes into the hills or it stays in its box. 

Thanks for looking in, feel free to comment, criticise or contact me.

Alright!

FAQ’s (more added as I remember…)

Who are “the girls”?
Joycee and Holly, wife and daughter.

What, d’you think you’re some sort of pop star?
All the adventuring you’ll see on here is of the mild kind, it’s stuff anybody can do.

Do you spend all your money on kit?
All the kit really is test kit, all the competition prizes come from the manufacturers.

What camera do you use?
It’s a super point-and-click, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.

Do you really wear trainers in the mountains?
Aye, lots of us do.

What modifications should I make to my Terra Nova Laser Competition/ Photon etc
Change the pegs if you’ve got those daft skinny titanium ones, and if you’ve got an older model, nice new dyneema guylines make life easier. That’s it, just get out and use it.

Why don’t you go to the Alps, do the TGOC, disappear into the wilderness for weeks at a time?
I love the outdoors, but I love my family more and being at home is more important, never mind having a business to run. I don’t have to go into the mountains to “find myself”, I’m right here already. 

How many Munro’s have you climbed?
Don’t know exactly, but I wouldn’t say anyway.  Some folk are too ready to define and be defined by ticks on a list. I’m not playing.
Let’s just say that I haven’t climbed them all, but I have stood on Munro summits more than 283 times…

71 thoughts on “1/ Hello! & FAQ’s

  1. Hi Mark, thanks for checking in!

    It’s those very folk you’re talking about that need the info and the confidence to go lighter. I do find it frustrating at times that lightweight seems to to be stuck as a niche interest rather than just a common sense approach to the outdoors.

    If you find anything useful on here when you’re browsing let me know where it is :o)

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  3. Hi Petesy, been following for a while, love the reviews. Finally got round to getting a username. How did you manage to get into all this?

    Keep it up.

    C

  4. And a fine sci-fi username it is too!

    How did I get into all this? I’ve always been outdoors, camping and whatnot for almost 40 years, but in my 20s I got more into the Munros and more recently my annoyance with the dogma surrounding mountain safety and appropriate equipment saw me get involved in writing, photies, this blog and equipment reviewing.
    This in turn has led me to accidentally having another job it seems.

    Aye, that’s about it.

  5. Too many computer games as a teenager, its force of habit now!
    Thanks for the reply, no doubt I will dog you for more information soon as I see myself head the same way…

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  7. Hi Pete

    Could you please point me in the direction of some gloves you reviewed. They were thin, purple, thermals with silicon grip dots. I think they were sold as horse riding gloves.

    All the very best for Xmas and the new year
    Steve

  8. Ebay for the gloves, try searching for pimple plam gloves and magic gloves. Check under the equestrian heading at the left side. They’re usually around £2 a pair.
    I still use them all the time, brilliant gloves. Purple isn’t compulsory!

    Thanks More-On, it was an understated elevation to 43 today :o)

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you both.

  9. Hi PTC.I found your blog from web, haglofs reviews, I also run my blog, and I love haglofs gear too, I live in seoul korea, my nick is ‘nature’
    love outdoor,gear test and review,enjoy camping & backpacking with my family(wife and daughter)
    Pls visit my blog(nature camping,http://nasubiya.blog.me),and tweeter(already you & I followed), I feel we are much alike, I wanna communicate with you as possible

  10. Great to hear from you. It does look like we have a similar outlook on life.
    The blog is excellent, you’re so much better organised than I am!
    Keep in comms.

  11. Hi Pete,
    Do you know how I add a profile piccy to my posts? or why I don’t see the pics on my computer? Some of the other poster’s pics don’t seem to show either!
    Cheers
    Gary

  12. You know something, I don’t even remember how I did my avatar it’s been so long since I did it.
    I signed into something, uploaded that wee picture and after that it appears anywhere I sign in with my email address.
    I really am rubbish at this stuff.

    In general though, some folks have difficulty with photies on here as they’re hosted externally and some computer security views that with suspicion apparently!?

  13. Logged in here at last Peter. Just getting ready for my first overnighter in the Spring. Maybe stick to The Kilpatricks for the first night!!

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