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Gear review: Summer base-layers

I've not known a Scottish summer to be as warm as this one so far... and it's provided the ideal conditions to test out a range of lightweight baselayers. Summer t-shirts for walking are generally one of two fabrics these ...

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David Lintern

Team Heavy and the Big Rig ride out

Walkhighlands, or bikehighlands? This time it's a temporary two wheeled takeover, as David Lintern and family take to their steeds to reach the parts that little legs can't quite manage. Getting a young family out and about is harder than it ...

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Ben Dolphin

Wild swimming: Where have you been all my life!?

I always enjoyed messing about in water when I was younger but I'm not sure I ever truly enjoyed swimming in it. I certainly wasn’t a bad swimmer, in fact I took part in inter-school competitions, but I think it ...

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Gear Review: Keen Evofit sandals

RRP: £100 Weight: 300g (per sandal size 5.5) Keen are no strangers to making comfortable footwear designed around the actual shape of people's feet. The Evofit is no exception providing a high level of comfort and support making them suitable for longer ...

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Gear review: Rab Longitude Pants

Recommeded Price: £65 Weight: 232g (32" regular) I'm not sure I've ever known such a long spell of hot, dry weather in Scotland, and with the clegs biting what's been needed is long trousers to give some protection, but that are very ...

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Cameron McNeish

The wonder of natural beauty

ONE day a bear walked into a bar, sat down, and ordered a beer. The barman was amazed, and in a state of shock proceeded to pour the bear a drink. “How much?” said the bear. By this time the ...

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Karen Thorburn Blog 006-06 Bog Cotton, Grimsay, North Uist
Karen Thorburn

Miles from Nowhere

As I look out of the window onto the peaceful suburbs of Perth, the rain falls gently from an overcast sky, marking the end of one of the longest spells of dry, warm, sunny weather in recent years. While I've ...

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Gear review - Alpkit Arro wind shell

Price: £35 Weight: 140g (men's large) I never really understood the point of windproof jackets - until I actually tried one in the hills. Can't your waterproof hardshell jacket do the job of keeping the wind out when needed? Well, yes, it ...

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