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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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Posted in Mountains, Scotland

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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Posted in Birding, Mountains

Arty b&w photos of abseil training near Diabeg, Torridon

My first experience of abseiling was when I was about 14 at the old Strathclyde Council Outdoor Centre at Arrochar, which I think is now an Army Outdoor Centre (anyone in Joint Services Mountain Skills or the Army Adventurous Training

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Posted in Climbing, Scotland, Trips

A few posts inspired by scanning some old printed photos

I’ve really enjoyed posts by Heavy Whalley (link to his blog) and Ken Crockett that have featured their photos from the days before digital and cameras still weighed a lot. They both use scanned photos to enhance their Twitter feeds

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Posted in Mountains, Scotland

Book review: Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine (3rd edition)

Pocket First Aid and Wilderness Medicine. Third Edition. 2017. By Drs Jim Duff and Ross Anderson. Cicerone. 252 pp. Softback and eBook. £11.95 RRP. ISBN 9781852849139 Disclosure: This review is based upon a sample copy of the printed book sent

Posted in Book reviews, Books, Mountain Training, Outdoor first-aid

UPDATE: Hills of Hame Winter Solstice competition: We have a winner!

Up UPDATE: ‘Tis the day of the winter solstice. Unusually it is the 22nd of December this year. The random number generator has done its work and the Edinburgh Forum (@edinburgh_forum on Twitter) have won the prize. To celebrate the

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Posted in Navigation, Pentlands

Book review: Navigation: Techniques and skills for walkers

Navigation: Techniques and skills for walkers. Second Edition. 2019 By Pete Hawkins. Cicerone Press 152 pp. RRP £9.95 (ISBN 9781852848910) Disclosure: This review is based upon a sample copy of the printed sent to Al McGowan, at his request, by

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Posted in Book reviews, Books, Mountain Training, Navigation

Fossil plants in the Fossil Courtyard for Fossil Friday

That’s a lot of fossils in a title! I’ve decided to do a short blog post on the Fossil Courtyard in the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE), one of the network of national botanic gardens in Scotland. The Fossil Courtyard

Posted in Edinburgh, Geodiversity, Palaeonotology, Scotland

Out of the oven and into the fire: renovating Dutch oven for outdoor cooking

I spent around 5 years in the US in my late 20s and early 30s and did accrete a lot of books from Powells, some homeware and other assorted kit that was shipped back to Cambridge, England in 2003. One

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Posted in Campcraft, Uncategorized

Contributing to ‘Exploring the Environment’ MTA/AMI workshop, Stirling, April 20th 1000-1600

With the help of a number of other MTA and AMI members, I’ll be helping out at a CPD workshop for outdoor leaders who are members of the two Associations in the Stirling and Bridge of Allan area. I’ll be

Posted in Geodiversity, Mountain Training, Scotland, Woodlands
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