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‘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

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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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

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

Get in the van!

The photos I’ve posted so far have been pretty focused on the team either doing pathwork or us on off time. However, to get a team of 5 or 6 people and all of their tools and personal equipment to

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Posted in Palaeonotology, Scotland, Trips

Craig Bothy when it was still a SYHA hostel

Here is a view of Craig bothy in 1996. You can see the red triangle marking this as a SYHA hostel, as it was at this point in time. The hostel closed in 2003 and was taken on by the

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Posted in Bothies, Mountains, Scotland

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

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
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