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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

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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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Book review: The Native Woodlands of Scotland: Ecology, conservation and management

The Native Woodlands of Scotland: Ecology, conservation and management Scott McG. Wilson Edinburgh University Press 2015 270 pp. One of the challenges of ‘the long walk in’ is either keeping yourself or your party amused as you cover ‘the lang

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Book review: Walking the Jurassic Coast and some thoughts about e-book versus printed versions in guidebooks

Walking the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon: The walks, the rocks and the fossils   Ronald Turnbull, Cicerone 240 pages. ISBN 9781852847418 £12.95 (e-Book also available)   An award-winning outdoor writer publishes a guidebook through a specialist publisher renowned

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Book Review: The Ordnance Survey Outdoor Handbook

The Ordnance Survey Outdoor Handbook. Michael Allaby. 1987 MacMillan London. 224 p. Although almost 20 years old, this is a gem of a book that I picked up second-hand. For those from a MTA background it is like having a

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Book Review: Mountains: Scotland’s Living Landscapes

Mountains: Scotland’s Living Landscapes. Scottish Natural Heritage. 2002 An attractive booklet with many colour photographs, clear text and a smattering of illuminating quotations. The introductory section summarizes the geological events that produced the different rock types, within a nod to

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Book review: Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland

Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland. Steven Fallon. Pocket Mountains. 192 pp. Declaration of interest: The author and I are members of the same hill-running club. Don’t be misled by the title, this is a worthy addition to the

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Book review: Across Scotland on Foot

Across Scotland on Foot. Ronald Turnbull. Grey Stone Books. 1994. 159 p. Ronald Turnbull has written a huge number of books and articles and has a fine, sardonic authorial presence in his writing. Across Scotland on Foot gives detailed guidance

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Book Review: Soils: Scotland’s Living Landscapes

Soils: Scotland’s Living Landscapes. Scottish Natural Heritage. 1996. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) produced a series of short volumes in the Scotland’s Living Landscapes series. Profusely illustrated with good colour photographs and diagrams, these are worth obtaining as digestible works on

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Book Review: Exploring the Nevis Range and Mamores

Exploring the Nevis Range and Mamores, Scotland. James Barnet. Mereo Press. 2014. 253 p. Conceptually, the idea of a route guide to the Nevis Range and Mamores with a geological underpinning had great appeal to me as a geologist. Paul

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