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Linda Cracknell

Who goes there? Mapping 'Extreem Wildernes'

On the summit of Ben Hee, with a cloud bank surfing over rock-swell and waves of snow-sharpened ridges and summits heaving up close by, I saw the three coasts of Scotland. Hills revealed themselves to the west; Ben Stack, Quinag, ...

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Review: Berghaus Kanaga GTX women's walking shoe

RRP: £125 (currently available at just under £100 in many places) Weight: 750g per pair (size 5.5) I'm a big fan of lightweight trail shoes, particularly for summer walking, so was happy to see whether this sturdier waterproof trail shoe from Berghaus ...

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Cameron McNeish

Hill tracks - why is the SNP Government blocking progress?

POLITICS is a strange business. Much of it is carried out in committee rooms where elected representatives of the people make decisions on subjects they often know very little about. About four years ago Helen Todd of Scottish Environment Link and ...

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Gear Review: Rab Microlight Alpine down jacket

Price: £190 (currently on offer for less with various retailers) Weight: 420g (women's 10) I've worn a Microlight Alpine down jacket both on the hills and in town for the past 3 winters. It's a versatile jacket that has proved harder wearing ...

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Mountain Rescue teams criticise search and rescue helicopter contract

In a joint press release four of the largest Scottish Mountain Rescue teams - Glencoe, Tayside, Lochaber and Cairngorm - have gone public with shared concerns about the level of support they receive under the privatised but publicly funded Search ...

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Clocks changing - time to be prepared for winter on the hills

As the clocks go back this weekend and darkness falls earlier, walkers and climbers are being reminded that summer is well and truly over in the mountains. Snow is being forecast for the tops this weekend, meaning conditions underfoot could be ...

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Nature-depleted Scotland needs new era of rewilding says new book

A sticking plaster approach to conservation is failing Scotlands wildlife - and with species such as red squirrel, wild cat and capercaillie declining or on the edge of extinction, a new era of massive rewilding is needed, says a landmark ...

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Review: The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare

Out of all the creatures with which we share Scotland's hills, for me there are none that can match the charm of the mountain hare. Whilst on most encounters we walkers only manage to get a fleeting glimpse of their ...

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