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Ben Dolphin

How can a tree grow on a boulder?

High up in a quiet corner of Glen Etive is a large boulder, and improbably anchored on top of that boulder is a rowan tree. It stands in a beautifully isolated but prominent position on a tongue of land between ...

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Review: Summit to Eat backpacking food

Recommended Price: £5.50 Main Meals and Scrambled Egg Breakfast, £4.50 Desserts and Oat Breakfast Weight: (Dry Pouch) Main meals 112g-136g, Breakfasts 80g-91g, Desserts 86g-97g Calories: Main Meals 499-603, Breakfasts 449-469, Desserts 300-447 Tasty and nutritious meals are such an important part of any ...

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Cameron McNeish

In the Eyes of the Beholder

HARD on the heels of the news that walking is worth £1.26 billion to the Scottish economy it appears that readers of the internationally acclaimed guidebooks, Rough Guides, have voted Scotland as the most beautiful country in the world. ...

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Gear review: Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT tent

RRP: £835 (£695 for the Nallo 2 version with the smaller porch) Weight: 2.9kg including bag and pegs (2.4kg for the Nallo 2) Colours: As well as green (as pictured) the tent is available in red and sand. I've had long experience of ...

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rab alpha

Review: Rab Alpha Flux Jacket

Recommended price: £140 Weight: 300g (women's size 10) Sheffield based Rab has a 30 year history of making quality climbing and walking gear and this latest piece of lightweight insulation adds to their record of innovation. The first thing to strike you ...

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Cameron McNeish

Book Review: Days to Remember

YEARS ago I commissioned a young UIAA Mountain Guide to write a feature for the very first issue of Footloose, an outdoor magazine I edited in the late seventies. I’d read some of Rob Collister's writings in the superb Mountain ...

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David Lintern

The numbers game - a grouse moor primer for hillwalkers

With the grouse shooting season underway, David Lintern takes a look at the controversies surrounding the intensive management of grouse moors. About a week ago, on August 12th, the grouse season shooting started. Aside from the odd news piece and an ...

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Review: Mammut Lithium Zip 30l backpack

RRP Price: £85 Weight: 960g For days out in the Scottish hills this summer I've been testing this 30l pack from Mammut. Unlike most others I've used the Lithium Zip doesn't have a lid, instead simply having a top zip opening, ...

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