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The pitfalls of left and right in navigation and route description

Sedimentary rocks

We’ve all had the experience of mixing up left and right, often when trying to explain a route to a driver when we’re feeling under pressure ourselves. Confusing left and right may have been a contributing factor to the rout

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Posted in Hill Running, Mountain Training, Navigation, Orienteering

‘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

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

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

This week in the Pentlands-part 2

After the rather poor views last Tuesday, Shadow and I headed off to Threipmuir on a clear, crisp day to (mostly) run down to The Howe to complete getting photos for some of the Pentlands walks I run through Hills

Posted in Geological Walks, Geological Walks (low-level), Hill Running, Mountain Training, Pentlands, Uncategorized

Penicuik by night

After several years of membership, I finally made it out on a Carnethy HRC ‘Night Run’ down around Penicuik where we used to live. The route took us up some new trails on the more southerly side of the Penicuik

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Running wild with Jenna

Today was the Carnethy Hill Running Club Junior-Senior relay, which involves teams of 3, one of whom is a junior member of the CHRC who cuts off down a gully before final push to the ridgeline of Turnhouse Hill. Four

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