Thank you to everyone who entered.
Items that are easy to forget and yet make a difference such as: lip salv, sunscreen, ibuprofen, a small pair of scissors and a basic first aid kit, a headtorch with spare batteries, matches and a lighter, insect repellent, finger tape and emery board, whistle and compass...........and after a particularly long walk (30+ miles) in the Lakes this summer with UKH's editor Dan Bailey I also pack crotch salve and talcum powder. You will know why if you have ever suffered chafing in the summer when doing a long hot walk.
I also have another new addition to my dry bag full of essentials and lifesavers this year: a small Brunton spotting scope.
What in the devil have I used this for? Well, when Dan and myself were up on Skye in the spring we used it numerous times out on the Cuillin to spot the way ahead through the complex terrain of Pinnacle Ridge to the summit of Sgurr nan Gillean and then on the Ridge itself.
The Brunton Echo Spotting Scope is a small but powerful unit, 7 times magnification, as powerful as a small pair of binoculars with a generous 18 degree field of view. It weighs in at 48g and is 8 cm x 3 cm so is very portable, it fits in your pocket, or my small drybag of delights.
The optics are high quality BAK-4 prisms, rather than the inferior BAK-7 prisms, and give a very sharp and contrasty image which gives a clear image close-up as well as distant views. Both objective and eye lens are coated and are protected by the rubbery housing - the scope is robust. We found it fun to check out other people as well as our route and the scenery on the Cuillin. Focusing is by a simple focus ring that forms part of the body of the monoscope. For those into wildlife spotting it would be an ideal alternative to lugging up a larger pair of binoculars, and the price speaks for itself at £22.50. It comes with a lanyard, cleaning cloth and case.
BUT NOW A CONFESSION
I've not just been using it out on the hill, but climbing as well. Yes, that's right, I've been using it to check out the holds on a route before an onsight attempt; that first try at a route without having any knowledge of the moves. It does help, being of that age my eyesight is getting a tad blurry, and being able to see that finger jug after the crux at 15m has helped or even what's that runout like above the sixth bolt? Can I see good holds there?
But does this invalidate my onsight?
By my definition an onsight ascent means turning up at the crag and not having been on the route before, or seeing anyone on it, or being told about the moves or holds, and climbing it from the bottom to the top without falling off or reversing to the ground. A Flash ascent however is when I flash the route but have some knowledge of the route's moves.
Does using a Spotting Scope - what I call my BetaScope - to check out the holds invalidate my onsight?
I thought I'd better consult an expert and there is none better than Graeme Alderson of the Climbing Works in Sheffield who is also an IFSC International Climbing Competition judge. Graeme is the person at the climbing competitions who knows the rule book and enforces those rules.
I asked Graeme this: In IFSC Lead competitions, are competitors allowed to use a monocular or binoculars to check out the holds on a competition route, before their onsight attempt?
Now all you have to do is answer that question and give us the answer that Graeme gave me and you stand a chance to win a Brunton Echo Spotting Scope, in fact five chances as we have FIVE to give away.
- This competition is only open to registered users at UKClimbing.com and UKHillwalking.com.
- Competition closes on 22nd November at 09.00 GMT.
- The winners will be notified by email.
- Prizes will only be posted to a UK or Ireland address.
- The winners' names will be announced on UKC/UKH and facebook.com/UKClimbing.
Impressive performance in a 7x18 monocular, thanks to top-end BaK-4 prism glass and multi-coated optics. Bright, sharp image as close as 13 inches.
More info about Brunton at bruntonoutdoor.com
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