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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Just a Bang on the Head…

Cameron McNeish discovers that a head knock had much more serious consequences than he first thought. IT all seemed fairly innocuous. The gutters on our house needed clearing and I figured it would be an easy job to stand on a ladder with a hosepipe and get the job done. I cleared the gutters and was about to descend the ladder when whatever happened next happened. I had fallen off the ladder (the ladder had actually slipped and I came down with it) and on the way down I banged my head off the harled wall, which tore the skin

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Call for Tall Tales from the Hills

Writers with a feeling for mountains and mountaineers are being sought by Mountaineering Scotland for its annual literary competition. The Mountaineering Scotland Writing Competition 2017 is looking for the best in new mountain writing, whether fact or fiction, prose or poetry. And, with more and more people taking art in outdoor activities, there should be no shortage of climbers and walkers ready to put their experiences into words and share what makes mountains, or the act of walking or climbing so special to them. Entries should have some connection with mountains and mountaineering, rock or ice climbing, walking or ski-mountaineering,

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Posted in News

Review: Leki Micro Vario Carbon poles

The Micro Vario Carbon poles from Leki have a premium price tag – but are they worth it? RRP: £144.95 (pair) Weight: 229g (per pole) The first thing that strikes you about these poles is their incredibly short length when packed – just 38cm. This is possible because what initially looks like a 3 section pole is actually 5 sections – there is a single speedlock adjustable section in the handle, and another hidden section that slides inside this. To assemble them you pull out the hidden section and then – as you straighten the pole sections held together by

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Posted in Accessories, Gear reviews, Magazine


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