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    ROC mountain marathon?

    Whoís in? Iíve never been to this bit of Scotland, looks a lot like it could be a Scottish Howgills/Cheviots. Any thoughts on terrain?

    Iíve been looking at previous ROC maps, the mapping seems to be getting simpler (if you compare last years to the race down in the Glyders 3 years ago). Less contour detail, less intricate features etc. The controls also seem simpler at last years. Big stream features etc less subtle reentrants

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    Never heard of these hills before entering the event, but yeah, the OS maps give the impression of Howgill-like terrain. I'm guessing some steep climbs, some contouring, some runnable bits. Certainly looks like it'll be wet underfoot!

    Re. the maps, I don't know that they've changed (other than the red/purple), think it's just the nature of the different areas.
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    It's typical OMM terrain, with lots of bogs and tussocks. Here's a blog and some photos from the Marmot24 there in 2015
    http://yorkalpineclub.org.uk/blogs/?p=5251
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=1d96161ea2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toreador View Post
    It's typical OMM terrain, with lots of bogs and tussocks. Here's a blog and some photos from the Marmot24 there in 2015
    http://yorkalpineclub.org.uk/blogs/?p=5251
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=1d96161ea2
    Great, thanks. Some pretty steep hills...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank View Post
    Re. the maps, I don't know that they've changed (other than the red/purple), think it's just the nature of the different areas.
    You might be right, I do think control choices were simplified. But then maybe it was due to a lack of clear features and route options.

    Iím wondering whether I want to scrap my trusty balloon bed and buy a fancy ultralight thermarest....

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew View Post
    I’m wondering whether I want to scrap my trusty balloon bed and buy a fancy ultralight thermarest....
    I use this stuff folded over a couple of times. Not the most comfortable, but warm, light and cheap.

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/radiator-...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    That balloon bed is awesome - never seen those before! What a great idea

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    Itís the popping of balloons in the middle of the night which is the biggest drawback! But comic shadows are always a plus!

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    Haha I can imagine!!

    Ever been tempted to fill them with water from a stream for a 'water bed' experience?

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    Itís an interesting thought the idea of carrying a sopping down sleeping bag is definitely against my lightweight ethos!

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