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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

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

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

First shot of the Edinburgh Cycle Hire experience

Edinburgh has had a bike hire scheme for a wee while and I’ve had to rescue a couple of their bikes and also won a free pass for a day from Just Eat Cycles via a Twitter competition, so I

Posted in Cycling and bikes, Edinburgh, Pentlands, Scotland

Pavement Palaeontology in the press

Back in the dark days of December I took Teddy Jameson, a senior features writer for the Herald, and his colleague Gordon round some sites in central Edinburgh. Most of the sites are ones that I visit on the Pavement

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Posted in Geological Walks (urban), Scotland

Raptor death in the Pentlands: a bit of back story

You may already have read news reports of a dead peregrine falcon found in the Pentland Hills. Over the last few years, I have been lucky enough to see peregrines in the Pentlands, which are my Hills of Hame. I was

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Posted in Birding, Pentlands, Scotland

An Old Ne’er Day Review of 2018 and looking forward to 2019

The year has turned, by whichever of a selection of old European calendars you want to use, and the light begins to come back to the higher latitudes. In Scotland, today is the first day of the New Year. However,

Posted in Geological Walks, Mountain Training, Navigation, Scotland, Trips
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