1/ Hello! & FAQ’s


I’m PTC, Petesy and Peter Macfarlane. I’m various things: father; heating engineer: musician and by accident an occasional freelance outdoor writer, equipment tester and advocate of lightweight outdoors stuff, of which there has been a lot of on here over the years.
I’m no geek though, I don’t play in the garden, the gear goes into the hills and does its job or it goes on ebay.

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


FAQ’s (with a wee 2017 edit or two)

Who is “the girl”?
Holly, my daughter.

What, did you think you were some sort of pop star?
I got all caught up the internet stuff, but any the adventuring you’ll see on here is of the mild kind, it’s stuff anybody can do.

What camera do you use?
It’s a super point-and-click, currently a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. RIP the 3 & 5.

Do you really wear trainers in the mountains?
Aye, still do.

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…

75 thoughts on “1/ Hello! & FAQ’s

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  2. 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.

  3. 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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  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!?

  10. PTC, could we sort out the useage of apostrophes?
    FAQs – see Qs is questions (a plural, so no apostrophe needed).
    Same for munros .
    Ignore autocorrect- it is the devil’s work and knows not what it does!

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