Great idea: Gift your Gear

How many of you have old and unused outdoors kit and clothing lying in cupboards, chests of drawers, garages, attics and sheds? Everyone of you, I expect! So, why not have a clear out and gift this equipment and clothing to a worthy initiative, Gift Your Gear? Gift Your Gear is an award-winning nationwide initiative […]

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New Great Glencoe Challenge

Do you know what a trekathon is? It’s a walking challenge that equates to the same distance as a marathon. In Scotland, a new trekathon is being launched on July 4, 2015, called The Great Glencoe Challenge. The Great Glencoe Challenge is a self-led trek along a 26.2-mile route that cuts through the heart of Glencoe from […]

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Macmillan Cycletta adds new 20k routes

Macmillan Cycletta, the UK’s leading women-only sportive series, has announced they are extending their series distances at five of their events to include a 20km distance – after requests from female cyclists. The shorter distance will offer riders an alternative to the longer distance routes preferred by more experienced cyclists. The 20km route is ideal for […]

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Update to Gaelic place names mystery

As I said, when writing about the Gaelic mountains workshop earlier this week I have been curious to know the correct pronunciation of Ben Chonzie, a Munro near Comrie in Perthshire. Cailean Maclean kindly said he would look into this for me. Here is what he discovered: I have been looking at what the experts […]

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Scottish Hosteller: Ring of Breadalbane cycle

An article that I wrote for Scottish Hosteller magazine about the brilliant Ring of Breadalbane road cycle route in Perthshire. See Hosteller Breadalbane route.

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Kit review: New MSR Windboiler Stove System

A new camping stove by MSR promises to boil half a litre of water in just 2 minutes 30 seconds. It will still do so in wind speeds of up to 8mph (and this is apparently compared to 3:30 for average camping stoves). The stove will use 7g of gas, compared to the average 9g. […]

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Who will sign up to the 5×50 Challenge?

I have been interviewing people who have signed up to the annual 5×50 Challenge and one asked me if I would be doing it, too. I stumbled and mumbled a bit and said, in truth, I hadn’t really thought about it. So he said I should think about it – and I quickly agreed that […]

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The thrills of skiing through the ‘expert only’ gates

Rocket Ski, who are running a #TalesFromTheSlopes campaign, asked me to write about a memorable ski story. The orange sign at the highest point in Solitude ski resort, Utah, and right next to a narrow opening in the fence warned: “Experts only.” Another sign, just behind, and painted bright yellow, listed the many reasons why […]

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Snow go outdoors this weekend

The snow fell all around me wherever I went this weekend. On an attempt of Carn Mor Dearg the snow was so deep that I fell up to my neck into the white, fluffy stuff. Then on a walk on Loch Lomondside, so much snow fell in less than one hour that my friend and I feared […]

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What I now know about Gaelic place names

Do you know your Beinn from your Bidean, or the difference between Sgorr and Sgurr. And could you identify a Torr, Tom or Tulach? The chances are you have seen all of these words on maps and in the names of places, hills and mountains across Scotland.   Even if you do know the meanings […]

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