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David Lintern

The fire that never goes out

David Lintern pays his respects at the Craigallian Fire memorial. After last month’s pilgrimage to the birthplace of British conservation all the way up in Torridon, I wanted to take a look at something much closer to home, but just as ...

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Large rockfall closes path up Nevis Gorge

Following a serious rockfall from the slopes above the Nevis Gorge overnight on 13-14 September, the John Muir Trust has closed the Steall Gorge path in the interests of public safety, pending remedial work, which could take between two and ...

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Cameron McNeish

Mountain Weather Forecasts – the Need for Transparency

Since this story was published, continued funding for the Mountain Weather Information Service has been agreed. See update at foot of page. WHAT a brouhaha there was when it was announced that SportScotland was stopping funding for the Mountain Weather Information ...

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Ben Dolphin

When does autumn start?

I get very excited on 1st September because this is when weather presenters announce the end of summer. Doubtless many of you in Scotland will wryly smile and say “Ha! That happened months ago!”….but despite appearances to the contrary 31st ...

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Peter Macfarlane

Gear review: two person tents

There's no way for me to avoid clichés when talking about tents because they're true you know, every word. Tents are a gateway to adventure, a passport to freedom, a ticket to ride and also something you're going to have ...

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Cameron McNeish

Colin Fletcher, an inspiration or a fallen hero?

I generally don’t do much in the way of hero-worship, at least not since I was a teenager. In 1964 a 22 year old Welsh athlete by the name of Lynn Davies won the Olympic Games long jump event in Tokyo, ...

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Linda Cracknell

Street Play in Edinburgh

For over four years in the early 1990s, when I lived near Stirling and travelled to work by train, I walked a short distance through the convulsions of Edinburgh's Old Town from Waverley Station to a small close off the ...

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Hillwalkers urged to check stalking information

Hillwalkers are once again being urged to check for possible deer stalking taking place on estates before heading out to the hills. With the stag stalking season underway up until 20th October, this helps reduce the chance of disturbing stag ...

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