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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Gear test – Hooded fleece

Last winter I did a roundup of various midlayers and some of the feedback I got was that plain old fleece still has a lot of fans. This includes myself by the way, more often than not you’ll find me in a microfleece of some sort as its versatile, quick drying and low bulk which means it layers well. With these thoughts in mind I put together this review, but because it’s coming out in early winter I added in another favourite feature of mine: a hood. A fleece hood done well replaces a hat as it’ll move with your

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Posted in Gear reviews, Jackets, Magazine

BBC2 to show Mountain Bothy documentary

A new documentary is to show on BBC2 Scotland on Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at 9pm, documenting the work of the Mountain Bothy Association and its volunteers. The film will subsequently be available on the iPlayer (and could be shown nationwide in the future). The film is entitled ‘Bothy Life’ and is a celebration of 50 years of the work of the Association. Filming by Hopscotch Films has taken place during much of this year. Walkhighlands ran a feature gallery on Mountain Bothies earlier this year. Here’s a clip from the film; ‘Most bothies just have a spade but Corrour

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Posted in News, Walkhighlands news

Walkers asked to report Hen Harrier sightings

After a successful public appeal for sightings of hen harriers over the spring and summer, with over 100 reports recorded, the Heads Up for Harriers group is asking walkers to help once again this winter. The hen harrier is one of Britain’s rarest birds of prey, with most harriers found in Scotland. To help safeguard the species, a number of organisations are working together on conservation projects to promote summer breeding success, under the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW Scotland). But there is little known about where the birds go in the winter months and of the

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Posted in Nature, News

Confused about re-wilding? So am I!

I guess website columnists are paid to inspire and inform, provide solutions to problems or to offer a sensible analysis of events and trends. I therefore apologise unreservedly, because what I am about to write offers no positive or constructive discourse at all. In effect it exposes me as a confused and disordered soul still seeking answers to some very important questions. You see when it comes to the issue of ‘re-wilding’ I am as undecided as anyone. So please be patient with me as I attempt to separate ambition from dreams, optimism from reality and pragmatism from desire. Several

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Canadian mountaineer scoops Boardman Tasker award

The Canadian mountaineer Barry Blanchard has won this year’s Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature with his book “The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains.” Described as a gripping account of a climbers life from humble beginnings in Calgary to epic adventures in the great ranges. Known as ‘The bonatti of the Rockies’, Barry has been at the cutting edge of high altitude climbing for many years and his book is an honest an visceral account of a life devoted to climbing at the highest levels, both on rock and ice. The judges described the book as, “one of the

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Posted in News

Shooting the breeze – Shooting People (Part 2)

In the second of his 2 part series, David Lintern looks at photographing people in the outdoors. Last time we concentrated on settings, position and lighting to make the composition work. This time is about the more ephemeral end of the photographic equation – trying to illustrate how it feels, tell a story and so on. Let’s look at another style of shot, but one that’s also very familiar. I find I catch alot of this when people are taking a break and looking around. I have hundreds of examples, and I can’t stop taking them. Let’s get the important

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Photography

Scottish avalanche forecasts will start on 17 December

Avalanche forecasts for Scottish hillwalkers and climbers will start this year on 17 December. The Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) provides a daily avalanche hazard report for six Scottish areas – Lochaber, Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon. The service usually runs until mid-April but is dependent on the snow conditions. Anyone planning a hillwalk during the winter is advised to check the avalanche service in the same way as they would routinely check the weather forecast and plan their route accordingly. Some snow is already lying on higher, eastern mountains with heavy snowfalls predicted for the

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Posted in News

Repair work starts on Ben Nevis Mountain Path

Vital repair work has begun this week on the Ben Nevis mountain path and walkers are being advised to consider alternative routes whilst the work is ongoing. The project will stabilise and improve over half the total length of the track between Achintee and St. John’s Wall as part of a £1m project lead by Nevis Landscape Partnership and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage and Highlands & Islands Enterprise. In total the work will take three years to complete, with this year’s contracts running from now until March 2016 to avoid the mountain’s extremely busy spring/summer period.

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Posted in Nature, News

John Muir Trust congratulates Scottish Government for upholding Wild Land map and refusing Glencassley and Sallachy windfarms

The John Muir Trust today congratulated the Scottish Government on making the right decision to refuse consent for wind farm developments at Glencassley and Sallachy in the far north of Scotland, thereby upholding the principles of the Wild Land Areas map. Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive at the John Muir Trust, said: “This is tremendous news for everyone who has worked to highlight that these developments were proposed in the wrong place. “We are particularly delighted that the Scottish Government is following through and using the Wild Land Areas map to provide protection to Scotland’s nationally important wild land areas.” Helen

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Posted in Nature

Fort William Mountain Festival programme announced

The line up has been announced for next year’s Fort William Mountain Festival taking place from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 February 2016. Festival organisers say that February is the perfect time of year to experience the stunning landscape of Fort William and Lochaber first hand, with the best winter walking, climbing and snowsport conditions of the year. The Festival offers talks from top climbers and mountaineers, mountain bikers, back country skiers and mountain filmmakers, together with exhilarating film screenings from cutting edge outdoor athletes and adventurers; mountain skills workshops and exhibitions. The Scottish Awards for Excellence in Mountain Culture

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