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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

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Finishing off at Diabeg, summer 1996

One of the long, long jobs we did in Torridon was the path between Upper Diagbeg and Craig. This route continues on to Redpoint along the road from Gairloch but we only worked on the path as far as the

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Out of the oven and into the fire: renovating Dutch oven for outdoor cooking

I spent around 5 years in the US in my late 20s and early 30s and did accrete a lot of books from Powells, some homeware and other assorted kit that was shipped back to Cambridge, England in 2003. One

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Reading and podcasts 

Originally posted on Walking Talking:
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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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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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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