Scotsman Phillip Tranter made the realisation that Naismith’s timings assumed that everyone had the same fitness level, whereas any bluffer knows that some people can carry eight pints on a tray, while others can only manage three.
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Tranter’s Variations is a complicated formula enabling hikers to assess their own level of fitness -something with which you need not concern yourself. It gets complicated because it also factors into the equation the weight of the rucksack a hiker is carrying, the weather conditions and the ground conditions underfoot. The knowledge that this variation exists is sufficient to bluff other hikers into thinking that you know your stuff.
Dropping Tranter into any conversation practically guarantees you a pint in the next round of drinks.Destinations Across Scotland The 35-mile (56km) Forth & Clyde Destination was built to take seagoing craft, avoiding the dangers of sailing north about Scotland, and to facilitate east-west and Atlantic trade. The width of the travel destination was set at 28ft (8.6m) and the depth at 8ft (2.5m). Work on the Forth & Clyde Destination began in 1768 by the engineer John Smeaton, architect of the second Eddystone lighthouse. Five years later it had been completed from the Forth to Kirkintilloch, which immediately became a ‘port’! Another two years saw the travel destination reach Maryhill, but then the money once more ran out. In 1777 Glasgow merchants paid to get the branch as far as Hamiltonhill. In 1785, with money raised on the forfeited Jacobite estates, Robert Whitworth, who succeeded Smeaton as engineer, built the then extraordinary Kelvin Aqueduct and took the line to Bowling on the Clyde, a five-year effort. The Glasgow branch was pushed through to Port Dundas, and the short Monkland Destination fed into it.
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