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David Lintern

Navigation: A day to learn, a lifetime to master

Ever been lost on a hill? Last week, David Lintern found himself with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. “I’d have thought you Walkhighlands guys would have your navigation all sorted, no?” said Steve, with a bit of a twinkle in his ...

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Ben Dolphin

I’ve found a fluffy wee chick. What should I do?

A couple of weeks ago my boss phoned just as I was packing up to leave work for the day. She’d received a report from a park visitor who had found an owl chick sitting on one of our mountain ...

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Linda Cracknell

Going solo

I was in my sleeping bag by 6:50 PM on the night of the Spring equinox and still able to write by natural light. I looked east, watching through the tent flap as the light died over Meall nan Tarmachan, ...

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Cameron McNeish

Political Priorities

VERY few folk would have been surprised if the SNP had not been the dominant party in the recent Scottish election but what should the new Scottish Government’s priorities be for the next five years? The SNP manifesto was fairly light ...

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In pictures: Black Grouse lek

Once seen, the sight of a black grouse in the hills is rarely forgotten. One of Scotland's four grouse species (the others are red grouse, ptarmigan and capercaillie), the Black Grouse was a game bird but after years of decline ...

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Ben Dolphin

The badger, the seal and the hare – a lesson in wildlife watching

The badger It’s dim. Though the days are getting longer the spring light is fading fast and I will soon be staring into darkness. I need to look to my right but I daren’t move my head, so I move only ...

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David Lintern

Wild Camp 101 – choosing a site, getting comfy, staying clean

David Lintern shares a few basics for staying out in the mountains. After last month’s column about backpacking food, I thought I’d follow up with a few camping tips and tricks. I’ve met a fair few dedicated Munro baggers who are ...

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Cairngorms Nature Festival and the power of conservation volunteering

Charlotte Milburn from the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) reflects on the man-made and natural pressures on our wild land and how conservation volunteering can help. I was walking out in the Cairngorms over the Easter holidays and as always was ...

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