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10 Under the Ben


Well it was another great race and a great day in the sun, rain and mud! Finally I managed to put some of the footage together to make this wee vid. Our group of friends had a total of 6 teams entered! I’m already looking forward to next years race but for now, we’ve got the Tour de Ben Nevis coming up in September…

10 Under the Ben on High 8

Spad

Milngavie – Dumgoyne MTB Video


Well myself and JD have done this bike loop a fair few times now. I start from close to the Clyde Tunnel and cycle up to Milngavie to meet Somhairle, then we go up through the many possible routes of Mugdock park. Exit the park at the north west side and head up forest track towards the fast downhill and Dumgoyne distillery. Then back along the otherside of main road back through strathblane to Mugdock park again. You can usually do it in about 3 hours (thats including the sly pint and a peperami in Strathblane), although on this occasion it took almost twice that time due to stopping and planting video cameras everywhere. Anyway its a route with many possibilities so its usually different every time… well worth a try.

Milngavie – Dumgoyne loop.

Me and Spad have been out on the Milngavie – Dumgoyne route a few times since the weather got better. In an effort to get the miles in for the few races we’re going to do this year, we’ve found some great wee technical bits in the woods to break up the pedalling. Some of the small tracks that splinter of the main route (west highland way) are brilliant, difficult and very natural. On these splinter routes the going is technical both and down which certainly keeps you on the edge of your ability, it’s great when you clear something you floundered on before. There is one super fast downhill to Glengoyne distillery, which has some great rough sections and compressions where you really feel the effects of g-force. The route back from dumgoyne to strathblane is a bit of a pain, as it’s full of gates. Once in Strathblane there is an obligatory stop at the Beer garden – we saw a ufo pass over twice when we were there this week. Then there is a pretty long climb out the back of the village up the Cuilt Braes and the you turn left into the woods at the top, this part is a bit of a grind but good for the form and in the daylight it’s got pretty cool views to the west. Then it’s back into Mugdock for loads of rad wee bits of singletrack. There are a million different ways you can go here and most of them are pretty good although one of the best downhills has been bike proofed with strategically placed kerbs. Hmmph! The descent we like the best is at the south end of Mugdock Loch just past the buildings down the side of the wee burn. It’s a real highlight with steps, bridges and jumps. Mugdock is great for just skittering about. None of the trails are very long but some are great craic. We took the video cameras out with us last time so a video is to follow, above are video stills from my GoPro.

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The Code

The Country Code, which most of us learned in school (and we probably haven't read since!), was updated in 2004 when it became the Countryside Code. Here's the updated version:
  • Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Consider other people
In Scotland, where there is a more general right of access, there also exists the Scottish Outdoor Access Code:
  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
  • Help farmers, landowners and others to work safely and effectively
  • Care for the environment
  • Keep your dog under proper control
  • Take extra care if you are organising a group, an event or running a business.
There's obviously a lot to to be learned from these - it's amazing how many people get out to enjoy the countryside but are still happy to leave it in a mess. Even with the recent updates, the Countryside Codes seem slightly outdated when considering the wider issues involved when lots of people get out into the countryside. Some places just can't handle high volumes of people, no matter how they behave and publicity, no matter how interesting or well-done , has the potential to attract lots of people to an area. Blogs including video, pictures or words, form part the the wider media which could easily contribute to tipping the balance, and so we as bloggers have to consider the implications of what we decide to post. Can the place we're writing about take more people, and if not, it might be wiser to leave maps, place names or grid references out of posts. In Scotland, the Mountain Bothies Association has been careful to protect the location of some Bothies due to mis-treatment and, in some cases, even malicious vandalism. That is not to say they would not advocate people using them - in fact, a well used, maintained and loved network of bothies exist, and the MBA as an organisation is there to encourage this. Some bothies are busier than others but generally it is the less remote places which are more susceptible to abuse - something which might be worth considering when deciding whether to post information. It must be said, in most cases it's obvious what should or shouldn't be publisiced, but it's worth taking these considerations to mind.

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