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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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Ben Dolphin

Flying the nest

Flying the nest is a big deal. It's surely among the most momentous events in our lives. I remember doing it myself with a sense of both excitement and trepidation, wondering whether I would experience, as Edina in Absolutely Fabulous ...

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Review: AKU Montera Low GTX

Recommended Price: £121 Weight: 710g (Pair women's size 5.5) Mens version available These traditional-looking trail shoes from Aku provide a more robust alternative to lighter, more flexible alternatives. The Montera Low GTX is made in Italy. The uppper is primarily seude with soft elasticated ...

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Stalking information on Walkhighlands for new season

As Scotland’s deer stalking season gets into full swing, the web-based service to avoid conflict between walkers and stalkers has been relaunched. Scottish Natural Heritage’s ‘Heading for the Scottish Hills’ website allows walkers to check ahead for details of possible deer ...

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Fiona Russell

Exploring Dunoon

Climbing the steep path and numerous uneven stone-slab steps through deeply moss-covered Puck's Glen on the Cowal Peninsula, it is easy to imagine I have been transported to another world. Is that the hushed voices of mischievous sprites casting their devilish ...

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Review: Mammut MTR 201-II Max Low Trail Shoe

Whilst these lightweight low-cut shoes are firmly aimed at trail runners - and ultra long distance ones at that - I'm always looking for comfortable and robust footwear that enables me to discard my heavier shoes and boots for summer ...

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Cameron McNeish

What Price a Bothy?

IT was a number of years ago now when my two sons had joined the Boy Scouts. I was asked to help organise an overnight expedition for the lads and since it was February I agreed to take them to ...

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