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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Stepping Out, Stepping In

From Crieff To Aberfeldy on Wade’s Military Road Linda Cracknell is an-award winning Highlands-based writer known for her creative approach to exploring wild places and man’s interaction with them. Her Walkhighlands’ essays cover the cultural aspects of the Scottish landscape on a quarterly basis. ‘I’m just reading a book about that,’ the bus driver from Aberfeldy said, having learnt I was going to be walking a road made by General Wade. ‘It says he took all the credit, but his successors did most of it.’ ‘Major Caulfeild?’ I asked. ‘That’s the one!’ ‘You’ve a braw day for a hike anyway,’

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Chris Townsend Pacific Crest Trail talk Inverness 29 January

Legendary backpacker, writer and photographer Chris Townsend will be re-living the adventure of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at an event in Inverness later this month. Chris completed the 2,600 mile long hike in the 1980s, walking through desert, forest and mountain wildernesses. Out of the many hikers who started that year, only eleven completed the trail. Come and hear firsthand about his experience, the trials and tribulations on this epic, six-month walk. This illustrated talk will be held at Eden Court in Inverness. It starts at 7pm and costs £7 (£6 concessions). There will be time for a Q&A

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Hidden killers in the mountains – cornice warning from MCofS

They can be some of nature’s most beautiful winter creations and they can also be killers. With snow now firmly established in Scotland’s mountains, those who venture among them are being warned about the dangers of cornices. Cornices are ledges of snow which form on the edges of cliffs and steep ground furthest from the wind. From the side or below they can be beautiful curls of snow and ice and might extend for several metres over thin air. But for people walking on the top of the mountain there can be little or no sign that they are there,

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A Winter’s Journey

If only winter skills were as simple as listening to good advice. David Lintern reflects on lessons learnt in the Winter Mountains. “Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions” – Mark Twain (possibly) Scotland is amazing – I’m a big fan. In winter I run out of superlatives. The probability of foul weather is at an all time high, but that means the rewards, when they come, are hard earned and so much more appreciated. Meanwhile, outdoors media is full of seasonal advice about the dangers of the winter outdoors, often from official organisations with a

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Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year winners

The winners have been announced in the first-ever Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. Craig Aitchison from Kirkintilloch won the overal title with his incredible shots of Buachaille Etive Mor snow scene, Loch Etive and a rainbow over Loch Tulla. Craig said: “I am surprised and delighted to hear that I have been awarded the prestigious title of Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year. From the beginning my number one photographic inspiration has always been Scotland’s unique landscape. “To a photographer it has the perfect ingredients that can, at times, produce real moments of magic and it is these

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Highland Councillors urged to save iconic landscape

Highland councillors are being urged to reject an application for a wind farm on the edge of the world-famous landscape of the Glen Affric area. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has objected to the proposals to build seven wind turbines, each almost 400 feet high, on the slopes of Beinn Mhor, near Tomich, just south of the iconic glen. Elected members of the South Planning Applications Committee and officials from Highland Council are to visit the site of the proposed wind farm on Monday (19 January), before deciding the application on Tuesday. The (MCofS) is urging the decision-makers to

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Inverness talk on mountain weather forecasting

Geoff Monk from the Mountain Weather Information Service will be giving an evening talk in Inverness on Wednesday 21 January. The theme of the evening talk, organised by the Royal Meteological Society will be “Weather forecasting – how good have we got?”. The event is free and starts at 7pm in Room G20, University of the Highlands and Islands, 3 Longman Road, Inverness IV1 1SA. Prior to the 1990’s weather forecasts were routinely produced using a scarcity of data, and forecasts beyond a few days were little more than (sometimes inspired) guesswork. This situation has since changed dramatically with vast

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Walkhighlands Navigation courses

Following the success of the joint Walkhighlands/MCofS navigation courses over the last few years there will be a further 4 courses held in April and May 2015. These single day courses will be held in the Ochils on 18 and 19 April and the Campsies on 16 and 17 May. Each course will begin with an hour of work indoors and then the rest of the day will be spent on practical navigation skills on the hill. The courses will be run by Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Officer at the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and are aimed at anyone who

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Aviemore Mountain Cafe mountain safety evenings

There are still a few places yet to be taken for the popular winter safety evenings to be held at the Mountain Cafe, Aviemore in February. The evenings are organised by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and are usually an entertaining mix of information, first-hand stories, and quality food. Wednesday 11th February 2015 Di Gilbert Di Gilbert is a full time Mountaineering Instructor based in the Cairngorm National Park. During the winter months, Di feels like she spends a lot of time looking at weather forecasts and deciphering synoptic charts trying to ensure that she is in the right place

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Winter’s icy beauties

In the last few weeks we’ve enjoyed (or suffered, depending on your point of view) some colder interludes where the temperature has fallen below freezing. As a result, ice in its various forms has been a conspicuous companion on many of my bike rides and walks this past month. It mightn’t have the hypnotic beauty of falling snow, but there’s something equally beguiling and enchanting about the secretive way ice appears on the ground from out of nowhere. There are too many varieties of ice to do justice to here, so I’m taking a look at a select few of

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