Walking north through Moidart, the midges in the evening/morning are the worst I’ve ever encountered, quite astonishing. It’s like looking at a TV screen covered in static; you can see what you’re looking at but it’s shimmering, distorted, seen through a veil. Taking my tent down this morning, my hands were black with them, a pair of rippling, crawling, living gloves. Fortunately they weren’t biting; the new Lifesystems Expedition repellant lotion is good stuff, much better than the sprays; easier to apply, lasts longer, doesn’t leak and stink up your bag. Some people swear by Avon Skin-So-Soft but I have little faith in that kind of tree-hugging hippy bollocks. I want Maximum DEET, the best stuff the petrochemical industry can give me.
I met an English guy back in July who told me airily that you get used to midges over time. I was too polite and self effacing to tell him he was a bullshitting arsehole.9 months ago • 0 notes