‘Footwear systems’ for the hills

Shoe and improvised gaiter

One important piece of advice I was given by my old friend Dr Andy McMullen (Botanaeco) when I started doing a lot of outdoor work, both leadership and scientific fieldwork, in 2014 was to LOOK AFTER MY FEET! Part of

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Posted in Hill Running, Mountain Training, Orienteering, Scotland, Uncategorized

Hills of Hame: ready to go outdoors if you are

Hills of Hame works across Scotland on a range of activities and skills but fundamentally the company exists to help people, either as individuals or groups, move towards being able to undertake activities they would like to do. Al’s ideal

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Guest post from WayOutside: Virtual Tyndrum 24: 1-8th August

Stacey and Max at WayOutside have adapted their Tyndrum 24 event for social distancing, offer feet and wheels options and spread it over a week to give you more options. So if you must run in the dark, you can!

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Posted in Carnethies, Hill Running, Mountains, Outdoor first-aid

Beinn a’ Ghlo: back to the hills

Carn nan Gobhar

While it was possible to return to the Scottish hills for paid work a few days earlier, the 3rd of July saw the lifting of the five-mile travel restriction in Scotland. Although this gave me a lot of scope in

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Hills of Hame is now ‘Good to Go’ after July 15th

Everyone in the outdoor community is having to adapt to changes and think about how deliver training and experiences under new constraints. Today I drew up a Covid-19 plan and worked through the Visit Scotland ‘Good to Go!’ accreditation scheme.

Posted in Edinburgh, Geological Walks, Geological Walks (urban), Pentlands, Scotland, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Orienteering

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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Posted in Bothies, Mountains, Torridon

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
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