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Peter Macfarlane

Outdoor shirts group test

If you look through old guide books there's a good chance you'll see the folks in the photos wearing button-up shirts along with their hobnail boots and canvas rucksacks. Times changed, we all went over to "proper" baselayers and shirts ...

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Corrour Bothy

Our pick: Mountain bothies

In Scotland, Bothies are a remarkable part of our outdoors' culture. The word bothy can really mean any form of very basic accommodation, but to hillwalkers the term is usually applied to 'open' bothies - buildings which are left unlocked ...

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Cameron McNeish

Let the mystery be…

THE hills of Scotland have a long tradition of the supernatural, which is hardly surprising since the indigenous highlander, even to-day, tends to superstition, and the history of Gaeldom is splattered with tales of the second sight, the little people, ...

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Our pick: 10 of the easier Munros

Height certainly isn't everything, but there seems little doubt that many people find some extra motivation when the objective reaches over that magical 3000 feet height. Here is our pick from some of the Munros that may be suitable for ...

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David Lintern

Adventure is not enough

David Lintern reflects on time spent in Assynt One of the most intriguing things about a few days solo backpacking... or in this case packrafting... is the joining up of thoughts seemingly unconnected. The ebb and flow, a continuity of activity ...

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Ben Dolphin

A dustman named Dumbledor

The natural world, like the human world, is awash with celebrity. A lists, B lists and everything underneath. It’s entirely imposed upon it by us, of course, and for better or worse it tends to be how conservation ...

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Our pick - Scotland's waterfalls

Scotland is renowned for its rapidly changeable and unpredictable weather - but if you get caught out by the rain, it does have its advantages. Not only does it keep our ancient forests green and verdant, but the rain also ...

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Peter Macfarlane

Baselayers group test

Base layers are something you have to get right to help make sure you're comfortable and still smiling at the end of a long day on the hill. However, if you're looking for something new, the proliferation of fabrics and ...

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