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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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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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Book review: The Native Woodlands of Scotland: Ecology, conservation and management

The Native Woodlands of Scotland: Ecology, conservation and management Scott McG. Wilson Edinburgh University Press 2015 270 pp. One of the challenges of ‘the long walk in’ is either keeping yourself or your party amused as you cover ‘the lang

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Ben Vuirich from the south

The weather forecast was spot on and last Friday was cold, clear and nearly windless. My walking partner for the day had been detained by floods in Angus but I was able to make it to Clunskea to the east

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Qualified as a Hill and Moorland Leader

My abilities to run trips into more remote areas was bolstered by my successful completion of Mountain Training UK Hill and Moorland Leader award during three days of assessment in the Ochils and Pentlands. I will be completing an Expedition

Posted in Geological Walks, Scotland, Trips, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Ordnance Survey Outdoor Handbook

The Ordnance Survey Outdoor Handbook. Michael Allaby. 1987 MacMillan London. 224 p. Although almost 20 years old, this is a gem of a book that I picked up second-hand. For those from a MTA background it is like having a

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Starting Edinburgh Geological Walks mid-August

The main aim of Hills of Hame is to take people out to more remote areas but urban geology in Edinburgh is great too. The guides will go up on the site here for people to look at, and use

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Glacial landforms around the NTS Reserve at Grey Mare’s Tail

Yesterday the class I am convening at the University of Glasgow’s Crichton Campus in Dumfries was scheduled to go up to Loch Skene (Skeen) above the Grey Mare’s Tail. The weather was against us but I’d been able to go

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Al is a Hill and Moorland Leader and has also completed the Expedition Skills module
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