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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Baselayers group test

Base layers are something you have to get right to help make sure you’re comfortable and still smiling at the end of a long day on the hill. However, if you’re looking for something new, the proliferation of fabrics and styles claiming all sorts of outlandish benefits at scary prices might make you cling on to that holey and bobbled old crew neck for a little longer. But the news is actually good, current baselayer fabrics perform well at moisture management, odour control is something that is improving all the time in synthetic fabrics and you can get the performance

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Posted in Baselayers, Gear reviews, Magazine

Booking open for Moray Walking Festival

Booking is now open for the wide variety of events being put on as part of this year’s Moray Walking Festival. Enjoy long Midsummer days exploring Moray’s world renowned golden coasts, hills and forests full of hidden fauna and flora, whisky colored rivers and towns with stories to tell and culture to experience. Alongside the more usual guided walks there will be sessions on navigation, animal tracking, white water rafting, evening talks, walking challenges, an endurance races and even a couple of chances to have a go at the growing sport of disc golf. The festival kicks off on Thursday

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Posted in News

Paradigm shifts

SOMETIMES events can occur in such a simultaneous way that it can shake you to the core, make you readjust your values, cause you to think a little deeper about your own beliefs. As we are all so well aware, just as the recent General Election was being ramped up to full high-octane a natural disaster struck Nepal. It was catastrophic and the consequences will be far reaching, but more of that later. While the news of the earthquake dominated the headlines for a few days they were soon replaced by the news of a Royal birth. The bairn will

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Posted in Magazine

Scottish hill tracks – your photos needed

The campaign to ensure adequate regulation of new tracks bulldozed across upland areas is appealing for walkers to photograph new hill tracks that they come across. Last year, the campaign was successful in getting a measure of protection for our upland landscapes. Local authorities now have to be notified in advance of any new hill track construction. This will mean building methods should be improved and at least authorities will know where new tracks are located. However campaigners including Ramblers Scotland and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland feel that this measure maybe inadequate as it does not require landowners to

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Posted in Access issues, Nature, News

Entries open for Mountain Writing Competition

Writers with a taste for the high life are being sought by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland for its long running literary competition. The MCofS Mountain Writing Competition seeks out the best in mountain writing, whether fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Entries should have some connection with mountains and mountaineering, rock or ice climbing, walking or ski-mountaineering, and winners will receive a cash prize and the chance to see their entries in print in the Scottish Mountaineer, the quarterly MCofS magazine which goes out to its more than 12,000 members. The first placed winners in prose and poetry categories

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Posted in Uncategorized

Ben Nevis walkers warned of winter conditions this weekend

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is urging caution to the thousands of hillwalkers planning to climb Ben Nevis this Bank Holiday weekend and in coming weeks. Winter conditions and snows in excess of two metres deep are making navigation in poor visibility particularly challenging above the 900 metre contour line on Scotland’s highest peak. Some of the navigation cairns, relied on by many walkers traversing the summit plateau, are completely buried under snow, heightening the risk of accidents on The Ben’s renowned cliffs. Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Adviser for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, said: “For most of Britain, spring

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Posted in News

Trust launches campaign to save North West Highlands Wild Land Area

The John Muir Trust has launched a campaign to save Wild Land Area 34 in Sutherland, which has been targeted by three separate energy companies for large scale onshore wind farms. Together, the three applications potentially threaten the Reay-Cassley Wild Land Area with a total of 65 turbines, each three times the height of the Skye Bridge, along with tens of miles of access roads and other infrastructure. The Trust fears that if these developments are given the go-ahead, the entire Wild Land Areas map, agreed by the Scottish Government in June 2014, could be undermined. Two of the applications

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Posted in Nature, News

Ordnance Survey set to ‘give away’ digital mapping

The Ordnance Survey is set to shake-up the mapping world by giving away digital map downloads and software with its paper maps. Over the next 12 months Ordnance Survey is to replace all 607 of its current paper map titles (OS Explorer, OS Landranger and OS Tour series) with a new design and an additional mobile download of the map that can be accessed for no extra cost. Starting from 10 June when the OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure (OL) paper maps begin hitting retailers’ shelves. The move to give away the Ordnance Survey’s own digital mapping solution with paper maps

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Posted in News

MCofS Navigation Courses near Inverness

The MCofS has places available on its navigation courses at Contin near Inverness over the weekend of 13 and 14 June. These one-day courses are available to MCofS members for £35 and non-members for £45 which includes a year’s membership and subscription to the Scottish Mountaineer magazine. The courses are designed for hillwalkers who want to brush up on navigation, increase confidence on the hill, and pick up handy hints and techniques to locate yourself on the hill in poor visibility. Each course starts with a gentle introduction to the theory followed by a practical session on the hill. Ratios

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Posted in News

Conservation, land and the Clearances

A series of recent newspaper articles have claimed conservation designations are a modern day Highland Clearances. Using the shameful past to divide people and place is no answer to Scotland’s present challenges, says David Lintern. We need to talk about an elephant in the room. It can be a difficult subject to broach, so please forgive the length of what follows. The Highland Clearances won’t need an introduction for everyone. From about 1743 to 1881, at least 170,000 smallholders were forcibly evicted from their homes by landowners. It’s likely to have been many thousands more. The beginning of the Clearances

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature


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