Category: Mountains

Scottish mountain and coastal webcams

Webcams provide an easy way to check the weather conditions before you head out.  Here’s my selection of 25 good webcams of mountain and coastal locations across Scotland, plus a link to a long list of traffic cams. I’ve provided thumbnails of those webcams that refresh every few seconds.  Those without any pictures are more modern cams that provide a live stream, and some … Read More Scottish mountain and coastal webcams

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Above the clouds

When high pressure’s in charge and there’s a foggy murk that casts a dark shadow in the valleys, it’s often a different world higher up.  Just climb a few hundred metres and you emerge from the darkness into the light: the sun shines brightly in a deep blue sky and there below lies a sea of fluffy white cloud. A quick jaunt up Dumyat … Read More Above the clouds

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The magic of friluftsliv

    There are times when you just want to get away from it all and recharge the batteries.  And for me the outdoors is just the perfect way to escape from ‘life’ for a little while, before returning with a renewed perspective. Last weekend was one of those times.  After the stresses of a work week commuting and the miserable-ness of leaving home and getting … Read More The magic of friluftsliv

Walking on a sea of cloud

Some days really are very special, and last Sunday was one of them. I’d arranged to meet up with Will Copestake, the 2015 UK and Scottish Adventurer of the Year, who’s currently doing a winter round of the Corbetts.  (To find out more, read my previous blog post featuring his #ColdestCorbetts trip).  We were also joined by Bruce Macaulay, Anne Seifert and Ruaridh Withington … Read More Walking on a sea of cloud

Top 10 essential apps for the Outdoors

A smartphone is an essential item of kit these days when you’re out for an adventure.  Enabled by a huge number of apps your phone is not only a camera, GPS, notebook, torch, musicplayer … but can also give you a map, weather forecast, emergency beacon, guide to nature and so much more. I’ve selected ten essential apps for the outdoors, a guide to … Read More Top 10 essential apps for the Outdoors

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The ‘Coldest Corbett’

  Will Copestake, the Scottish and UK Adventurer of the Year 2015, has just started a great adventure to complete a winter round of the Corbetts (Scottish mountains of between 2,500 to 3000ft).  Having already completed a winter round of the munros in 2013/14 – after kayaking around Scotland’s coastline ! – this is certainly another challenging expedition which will take Will five months to … Read More The ‘Coldest Corbett’

Becoming a Mountain Leader

  I’m delighted to say that I have just recently passed my Mountain Leader award, a professional qualification that allows me to take groups into the UK mountains.  It’s been a lot of work over many years but highly rewarding.  Let me share some thoughts on  why I did it,  how I got on and what tips I’d give for any other aspiring Mountain … Read More Becoming a Mountain Leader

Welsh 3000s – The Snowdon Horseshoe

    Day 3 of my Welsh 3000s adventure started early.  Rain and low cloud were forecast from the west by mid-morning and I was determined to try to get as much walking done as possible during the best of the day.  Not only did I plan to walk the Snowdon Horseshoe but I also had a six-hour drive back up to Scotland ahead of … Read More Welsh 3000s – The Snowdon Horseshoe

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Welsh 3000s – The Carneddau and Glyders

    Until this trip the Welsh mountains were an unknown quantity.  I’d already climbed the 3000 foot+ peaks in Scotland and England and was looking to gain wider experience in advance of my Mountain Leader assessment in the Autumn, so why not Wales ? There are 15 3000-footers in Snowdonia, stretching SW to NE from peaky Snowdon in the south to the grassy, flat-topped … Read More Welsh 3000s – The Carneddau and Glyders

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Garbh Bheinn, Ardgour Corbett

  I set off across the Corran Ferry to Ardgour one gloriously sunny Sunday morning following the Scottish VW California meet in late May.  The deep blue sky and fluffy cumulous clouds reflected off the calm water.  Fort William had been bustling with the bank holiday crowds, but it took only a short ferry crossing to restore peace and quiet. The ferry carried just … Read More Garbh Bheinn, Ardgour Corbett