Kit review: Merrell Mimosa Bright shoes

My walking shoe tester, my Auntie P, is thoroughly enjoying her senior years. Still in great health and very active even in her 80s she spends a lot of time travelling and pursuing her hobbies. She also walks a fair amount although, as she told me: “Nothing like your kind of walking. I like lower-level trail walks […]

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More cuts to Scottish island ferry prices

There are so many things I like about outdoors Scotland – and one of my biggest loves is the islands. I have visited them and written about them on many occasions, and I especially enjoy the wealth of walking and cycling opportunities. Now my love thing is about to grow stronger  thanks to news of cheaper […]

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Antarctic adventures at Tiso lecture nights

Tiso’s annual lecture series takes place on November 4 and 5 in Glasgow and Perth respectively. This year, audiences will be entertained by Antarctic adventurer Stephen Venables. Next up will be climber Dave MacLeod on 12/11 and MCofS Mountain Safety Advisor Heather Morning on 20/11. Stephen is a respected mountaineer who has a reputation for pioneering […]

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Scotland the best: Skimo

Have you heard of Skimo? To give it its Sunday name, Skimo is ski mountaineering racing. And Skimo Scotland is a big name in the sport in this country. Last season, Morrocco Media (one of my trusted work partners) set about creating a short video of the 2013/14 highlights. The video shows how stunning the Scottish mountains are […]

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European Health Insurance Card: Myths and truths

What is the last thing on your list of things to pack for a European holiday? For me it’s usually the European Health Insurance Card (or EHIC). Through my years of travel I have often wondered if the card  would actually work if I was to become ill while abroad. There have been times when […]

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Girls: A job in the sailing world

Why am I not younger? Here’s the type of job that I’m sue I would have applied for back in my younger years. It’s great to see such a post for a keen outdoorsy female. You’re hired! UK’s only all-female sailing school The UK’s only all-female sailing school is looking to find its next Sailing […]

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Munro bagging in October

We were lulled into a false sense of autumnal loveliness, weren’t we? Just two weeks ago the G-Force and I hiked to the summit of Ben Vane in glorious conditions. The sun shone and there was a blue sky. The wind was minimal even at the 3001ft summit and we wore thin baselayer tops and […]

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Great trail running races (Scotland and England north)

A friend, James, and his fiancée Sarah are keen to enter a few trail races in Scotland or the north of England. They might use these races to build up to something more epic, such as the West Highland Way race. Then again, they might find that they enjoy entering lots of different shorter trail races. […]

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Kit review: RockiNoggins bike helmet covers

There are people who like their bike kit to be straightforward, pared down or samey – and there are others who like to look a bit different. For these people – and I imagine them to be commuters or “around town” cyclists – RockiNoggins could be their perfect choice. RockiNoggins make funky covers for bike […]

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Film competition for outdoors women

I’m excited to reveal news of a film competition for Women in Mountain Adventure. The British Mountaineering Council (BMC), along with Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), WomenClimb, Sport Is Beautiful and a range of other partners, have set up the contest to find the best films that feature women in the great outdoors. If you […]

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