Keeping hill fit close to home

Although things have changed slightly in Scotland, with unlimited outdoor exercise, I’ve still been relying on a lot of home-based exercise to try to keep myself fit for getting back into the hills. I am lucky that there are small

Posted in Edinburgh, Hill Running, Mountain Training, Orienteering, Scotland, Woodlands

A lost soundscape revisited this morning

Shadow the dog and I were out to the west of Liberton Brae this morning. As we threaded our way out through the converted farm building of Liberton Tower Mains and stopped to watch a hovering kestrel, the lack of

Posted in Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized

MapRunF and Street-O: keeping body and mind fit

My earliest memories of orienteering are when I was in 2nd year of secondary school at VOLA and I got on the outdoor activity week that was running out of the Strathclyde Regional Council Outdoor Centre at Arrochar. I also

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Craig SYHA interior with Geezer at the table

Here is a shot of Geezer in front of the knotwork that was painted in the main dining and social area of the bothy at Craig. From having a look at the bothy report from MBA, the mural appears to

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Halting the damage: Cross-drain somewhere in Torridon

Pathwork often had two interlinked aims. Stop the path becoming a burn (stream) when it rained hard Prevent erosion and widening of the path These aims were usually meet with a variety of digging of ditches and waterbars to intercept

Posted in Mountains, Pathwork, Torridon

Get in the van!

The photos I’ve posted so far have been pretty focused on the team either doing pathwork or us on off time. However, to get a team of 5 or 6 people and all of their tools and personal equipment to

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Posted in Palaeonotology, Scotland, Trips

Craig Bothy when it was still a SYHA hostel

Here is a view of Craig bothy in 1996. You can see the red triangle marking this as a SYHA hostel, as it was at this point in time. The hostel closed in 2003 and was taken on by the

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Finishing off at Diabeg, summer 1996

One of the long, long jobs we did in Torridon was the path between Upper Diagbeg and Craig. This route continues on to Redpoint along the road from Gairloch but we only worked on the path as far as the

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View to Upper Loch Torridon

A grand westward view from one of the lower hills across the glen from Liathach. I was walking along the high ground back towards our base at Torridon YHA after work and was treated to this fine view and interesting

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Looking back from Broadford

This is a wee snap I took from Broadford on Skye in 1996 on my way down the road after a couple of days in the Cullins, based out of Glenbrittle Campsite, with Mike. I’d stopped off in Broadford, where

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