The evidence of craggers not seen

Under lockdown, I’ve followed my renewed interest in climbing outdoors by visiting my local crags in southern Edinburgh. We are exceptionally lucky, as Blackford Hill contains two cragging sites, as well as the bouldering problems associated with Agassiz Rock. Even

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Climbing, Edinburgh, Geodiversity

Edgelands in North Lanarkshire

Edgelands are those places that are on the periphery of urban sites. The concept was wonderfully explored in a book of the same name by Paul Farley & Michael Symonns Roberts and has become a pervasive enough concept to warrant

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Geodiversity, Scotland, Woodlands

An unexpected Pavement Palaeontology bonanza at Straiton retail park

Earlier in the week I was out checking out another prospect for work, as expedition trips are few and far between just now, when I stumbled upon the stone cladding used on the Next Store. I don’t have any call

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Geodiversity, Palaeonotology, Scotland

Lochan nan Arm: legends, translations and a bit of geomorphology

Stone bench

I’ve quite a long association with the area around Tyndrum in the Western Highlands. I first visited as part of one of my undergraduate projects when I was doing my geology degree related to past mining activity and then went

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Geodiversity, Scotland, Trips

Thanks to Celox Training Academy for ‘Principles of Haemorrhage Control’ CPD course

In the last decade, a number of organizations and campaigns (e.g. Stop the Bleed, citizenAID) have begun to promote the need to prevent people bleeding to death from severe external injuries that could be treated by first-aiders. Keeping up with

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Mountain Training, Outdoor first-aid

‘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

Tagged with: ,
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

Posted in Uncategorized

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!

Tagged with: , ,
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

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Mountain Training, Mountains, Pathwork, Scotland

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
Al is a Summer Mountain Leader
MTA Logo
Follow me on Twitter
Previously on Hills of Hame