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Temple of Muses, near Dryburgh Abbey Here, I steer clear of rants. I have been known to rant about many things. It is why that very often I steer clear of the news. As I…

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Return to Skye, 20 years on

May is usually a dry spell on the western seaboard of Scotland. I had agreed to go up to help out with a palaeontological prospecting expedition with people from the University of Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland aided by Dugie

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Posted in Mountain Training, Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized

Pop-up tents – a useful tool for teaching campcraft admin to novice groups?

‘Pop-up tent’ conjures a variety of images, most of them negative. Abandoned tents in seas of mud bought as part of a ‘festival package’. Discarded in a roadside campsite. Single sheet, lacking a porch and leaky. Yet, as an outdoor

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Harlaw Reservoir wanderings

Harlaw is part of a network of reservoirs that were built in the 19th century to supply the city with clean, fresh water. The network now extends deep into the Scottish Borders around Talla but the Pentland Hills contain numerous

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Posted in Geodiversity, Geological Walks (low-level), Pentlands, Scotland, Uncategorized

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

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This week in the Pentlands-Part 1

Back in the mid-1990s I used to work for Scottish Conservation Projects in Pathcraft Team 06. We worked across Scotland as a mobile team but we worked on two path projects near where I now live in Edinburgh: The paths

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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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Broad Law: Same hill, different route

At 840m Broad Law is the second highest peak outside of the Highlands beaten by only 3m by The Merrick in Dumfries and Galloway. Previously, I had ventured up Broad Law with my eldest daughter Jenna via the forestry track

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Posted in Mountains, Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized, Woodlands

Registration to National Navigation Scheme Completed

Got my materials and registration certificate from NNAS today. Maps and compasses already in plentiful supply, so will be offering a Bronze course shortly in Edinburgh.

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Hills of Hame will shortly be offering Bronze and Silver National Navigation Award Scheme

During the run up to my Expedition Skills module I had another look at the National Navigation Award Scheme and am in the process of completing registration to the scheme to offer the Bronze and Silver levels through Hills of

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