Category: Mountains

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An airy circuit of Ben More Coigach

  Picking my way up through the steep sandstone cliffs the ‘path’ soon disappeared and the gradient increased sharply.  Soon, I realised the only way up was to grab great handfuls of heather and hope they were well dug in.  I put away my walking poles to concentrate on the task in hand.  I was now committed … to some pretty serious scrambling. There were … Read More An airy circuit of Ben More Coigach

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Overnighting on Quinag

    I was in an expectant mood as I drove north.  A large area of high pressure was due to cover the UK and bring fine, dry and settled conditions.  Just perfect, I thought, for a wild summit camp, ticking off three Corbetts followed by an afternoon’s cycling.  Even if the scattered clouds didn’t give a clear sunset there was still the prospect … Read More Overnighting on Quinag

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Exhilarating Eigg

I was fortunate to enjoy superb weather for my weekend on Eigg and, as I described in my previous post, I was blown away with the island.  Having climbed An Sgurr, Eigg’s prominent peak, in the morning I ventured to the north of the island for the rest of the day. Cycling is a great way to get around Eigg.  There’s one hill over … Read More Exhilarating Eigg

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

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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