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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Shooting the breeze – Shooting People (Part 1)

In the first half of a 2 part series, David Lintern looks at photographing people in the outdoors. So, shooting people – instantly more complicated than what we’ve looked at up until now, with all their confounded moving around and cluttering up the scenery! Yes, I know it’s annoying, but I’m not talking about that kind of annoying, or that kind of shooting – a camera, ladies and gentleman, use a camera! I’m going to concentrate on settings, position and lighting in what follows – there’ll be more to come later on some other aspects. The second caveat is that

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Photography

Queens Award presented to Mountain Bothies Association

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service has been presented to the Mountain Bothies Association. The presentation was made to Association Chairman, Simon Birch, by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol, Mrs Mary Prior and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Timothy Chambers, at a ceremony in Bristol yesterday. The MBA is a charity and was established in 1965, exactly 50 years ago. It has around 3,700 members, and, with the consent and support of their owners, undertakes the restoration and maintenance of old cottages, huts and similar buildings throughout the wilder parts of Scotland, England and Wales for

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Posted in News

Walking above the clouds

Many different factors conspire to make the Scottish landscape as beautiful as it is, or for making any given walk particularly memorable. The different seasons, the colours, the quality of light, the wildlife, the list goes on. But few prompt walkers to wax quite so lyrical about the benefits of hillwalking as the cloud inversion – those joyous days when the cloud level is so low that the higher ground pokes up through it. Joyous, that is, for the lucky folk standing on the higher ground. For anyone standing on the lower ground it’s another matter entirely. Because in cold

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Wild ways – Maintaining routes into remote Scotland is an ongoing labour of love

Deep in the heart of Glen Sligachan on the Isle of Skye, work is about to begin repairing the path over Druim Hain to Loch Coruisk. This remote site, about an 8km walk from Sligachan, may not be the busiest or best known path in the UK, but the combination of foot pressure and, especially in this case, surface water has created a bare gully 7 metres wide and nearly a metre deep. In heavy rain, water cascades down the path line and, with no vegetation or roots to hold the soil together, more and more of the ground is

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Posted in Access issues, Features, Magazine, Nature

You can help Suilven with just a couple of clicks…

Many walkers regard Suilven as being the most dramatic mountain in Scotland. Now the mountain – owned by the Assynt community – is in the race to win £18,000 in Euro-wide online poll. The

Posted in Magazine, Nature

Outdoors trousers – Group Test

The first thing you have to ask yourself is this; what do you want from your trousers? As odd as that might sound when you say it out loud it’s something you have to think about when looking at outdoor trousers. You can go from simple, just something to keep your legs covered to something technical with as many features and attachments as backpacking rucksack and in the review I’ve gone to both ends of that spectrum. Whatever the style you like there are still important constants to look for, the first of which is as always the fit, are

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Posted in Gear reviews, Trousers

Police appeal for missing Glencoe walker

Police Scotland are continuing to appeal for information to assist with the search for missing hillwalker Robin Garton (69) from Devizes in Wiltshire, who is believed to be in the Glencoe area and has not been seen since the morning of Friday 25th September 2015. Police enquiries to date have established that Mr Garton checked out of the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe at around 8am on Friday morning. He had plans to travel north to meet friends in the Kinlochewe area on Sunday but failed to meet as arranged. Officers traced Mr Garton’s black Volkswagen Passat estate car in the

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Posted in News, Uncategorized

Gallery: Scotland’s largest freshwater lochs

Loch Lomond Loch Lomond, its bonnie banks famously celebrated in song, is Britain’s largest freshwater lake by area, stretching over 71 square kilometres. The loch is at the heart of Scotland’s busiest National Park, and has many islands, including Inchmurrin – the largest on any loch – and beautiful Inchcailloch. The Highland fault line runs right through the loch and ensures a great variety of scenery, ranging from the placid Lomond Shores at Balloch, to the foot of towering Ben Lomond. The West Highland Way path follows much of the eastern shores of the loch. Loch Ness Loch Ness may

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Our picks

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