Tag: mountains

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Outdoor gear – Some thoughts on customer choice and industry sustainability

Did you take part in ‘Takeback Tuesday’ this week?  Royal Mail dubbed Takeback Tuesday the day when people go back to work and take unwanted packages into a Post Office for return to the retailer.  It’s estimated that 15-20% of goods bought online are returned, worth £2.5bn in the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy. What’s this got to do with the outdoors industry, you may be asking?  While … Read More Outdoor gear – Some thoughts on customer choice and industry sustainability

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2018 Review and plans for 2019

  New year.  New beginnings.  New adventures. This time of year I like to reflect.  In the quiet days of early January I take a look back at my aspirations for the year just gone, celebrating what I achieved and chalking up to experience what I didn’t.  But it’s also a time when I collect ideas, make plans and dust down my bucket list … Read More 2018 Review and plans for 2019

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Most memorable photos of 2018

My trips this year took in not just Scotland but I also ventured a little further afield to Ireland, France and Indonesia.  From mountain to sea and from coast to coast I hiked, biked and camped my way through many adventures. Take a look as I describe some of this year’s standout memories. 1.  Cycling around Lismore On cold, frosty morning in January I … Read More Most memorable photos of 2018

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The Beinn a’ Ghlo circuit by mountain bike

The circuit of the Beinn a’ Ghlo range of hills is considered a classic Scottish mountain bike route, a full 35-mile day out in a scenic and fairly remote part of Highland Perthshire.  If you’re looking for a circular route which is mainly on rough vehicle tracks – plus a pub and/or a chip shop at the end – then consider adding this one … Read More The Beinn a’ Ghlo circuit by mountain bike

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A practical guide to climbing Ireland’s ‘munros’

Having recently made the trip over to Ireland to climb its 3,000+ foot mountains I thought I’d put together a short overview of the logistics behind my trip.  I spent quite a bit of time carrying out research on the web and in print and really struggled to find much good quality information. Coming from Scotland, where munro-bagging is a hugely popular hobby, we’re spoiled … Read More A practical guide to climbing Ireland’s ‘munros’

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Product review: Montane Halogen 33 rucksac

In my book a good day sack is functional, lightweight, suitable for multiple activities and comfortable.  With one minor modification – easily addressed – the Montane Halogen 33 comfortably ticks all boxes. I’ve been testing out the new rucksac over the summer during a round of Ireland’s highest mountains as well as on a Duke of Edinburgh silver expedition.  It’s performed very well and … Read More Product review: Montane Halogen 33 rucksac

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Brandon Mountain

    Standing proud towards the end of the Dingle Peninsula in the far southwest of Ireland is Brandon Mountain.  It’s the most westerly of Ireland’s 900 metre ‘munros’, in County Kerry. In these parts, all place names and landmarks are in the Irish language and so you’ll find Brandon Mountain marked as Cnoc Breanainn (or Brendan’s Hill), after Brendan the Navigator who was … Read More Brandon Mountain

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A lazy summer’s wild camp

      Lazy summer days are perfect for wild camping. With yet another weekend of warm, sunny weather I had itchy feet.  I’d been cooped up in an office all week and had to get out into the hills.  But where to go?  Climbing a mountain felt just too much like hard work in the hot sun.  Driving an hour or so felt … Read More A lazy summer’s wild camp

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Hiking the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks

The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks ridge in County Kerry has it all: wonderful views, great scrambling and a superb mountain environment.  I have to say that this combination, together with the fact that there are ten 3000ft summits along its ridge, made it one of my favourite mountain days over the last 20 years. The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks stand out in many ways.  First, they’re home to … Read More Hiking the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks

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Galtymore and Galtybeg

At 919 metres Galtymore only just qualifies as an Irish ‘munro’.  It’s part of the Galty mountains in County Tipperary, about 20km west of the attractive town of Caher, and I climbed the peak along with its smaller neighbour, Galtybeg. There are two main routes up Galtymore.  The first is via the Black road from the south (the ‘tourist route’), with the walk-in along … Read More Galtymore and Galtybeg

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Lugnaquilla – The ‘Lug’ of the Irish

It was a day of firsts.  It was my first time in Ireland, my first ‘munro’ outwith the UK and my first mountain bordering on a military firing range. It was also a very long day.  Starting with a late night ferry from Cairnryan over to Belfast I arrived at 1am into a rainy and deserted city.  It was far too late to contemplate finding … Read More Lugnaquilla – The ‘Lug’ of the Irish

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The Kinbuck to Kinabalu Challenge

Have you ever travelled from Kinbuck to Kinabalu?  No, me neither.  But I’m going to have a good go (sort of …). At the beginning of the year I committed to simplifying my life and spending my precious free time doing the things I really enjoy, which for me includes walking, cycle touring and camping.  By ‘simplifying’ I mean consolidating my hobbies: focusing on … Read More The Kinbuck to Kinabalu Challenge