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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Bumper year for Hen Harrier project

As part of efforts to conserve hen harriers, 21 estates across Scotland have now joined the Heads Up for Harriers project in 2017. This year has seen a bumper number of 37 young successfully fledging from nests located on 7 of the 21 participating estates. This is the highest number of fledged birds ever for the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW) Scotland project, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). As in previous years, estates have agreed to have cameras installed on their land to monitor nesting hen harriers and help determine reasons affecting survival. A total of

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Clachaig Winter Lectures set for February

The Clachaig Inn in Glencoe will again be hosting its Winter Mountain Safety Lectures in February. Usually attracting a lively gathering of hill walkers, climbers and skiers and hill-goers the evenings will run each Tuesday in February 2018. These evenings have run every year since 1985, and are intended to provide a last minute reminder of some of the preparations and skills to have to hand before venturing into the Scottish winter hills. The events are free and the Inn aims to raise £2000 in total by having a weekly draw with some great prizes donated by the sponsors.

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Review: Mammut Broad Peak IN Hooded Jacket

Recommended Price: £240 (widely available for less) Weight: 460g The Broad Peak IN Hooded Jacket from Mammut provides lightweight down insulation with a very small packsize. The jacket contains 125g of down – 10% of it goose down – but the high fill power of 750 cuin means that the Broad Peak provides a high level of insulation. The outer fabric is windproof Pertex Microlight with a water repellent finish, ensuring the jacket can be worn as an outer layer in dry conditions as well as as a mid layer. I’ve found very little down leakage through the outer, a

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Posted in Gear reviews, Jackets, Magazine

Review: Women’s Keen Terradora Waterproof boot

Recommended Price: £120 Weight (per boot): 363g This is a lightweight fabric mid-height boot with a waterproof membrane specifically designed for women. I’ve been testing it on a wide variety of walks and all-day Munro hikes over the last few months. Founded in 2003 by Martin Keen who wanted a comfortable sandal that would protect his toes whilst sailing, the US company has grown into a footwear giant and is known amongst walkers for its high protective rands, wide toe-box and comfortable fit. This women’s Terradora model moves a little from that original image with the focus on a lightweight,

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Posted in Footwear, Gear reviews

Mountain hare photography

With the winter season having truly arrived, award-winning photographer James Roddie shares his tips on how to photograph mountain hares. Mountain hares are arguably one of the most beautiful sights you can see in the Scottish hills. They are true icons of the Highlands – turning white in the winter and living their lives in some of the coldest and harshest environments in the UK. Britain’s only native hare, they can only be seen in the Scottish uplands and in a small area of the English Peak District. In recent years they’ve become a very popular subject for photographers and

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Photography

Contested Ground – people, place and the new Scottish planning bill

Holyrood has been reviewing the current planning system since 2015, and a new Planning Bill is due to come before Parliament soon. David Lintern casts an eye over just some of the issues at stake for lovers of the Scottish outdoors. Planning is dry stuff, but it’s essential. Without proper planning, the places we live lack the infrastructure and resources we need, corporations offload impacts of new developments to communities and taxpayers, and little by little, Scotland’s green belt and wild places are encroached upon. The planning review has been largely focused on housing issues, but energy developments are cause

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Mend our Mountains: Make One Million campaign comes to Scotland

Mountaineering Scotland and the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland (OATS) are leading a campaign to raise £100,000 to support two essential Scottish mountain path projects – joined by Walkhighlands as offical media partner. The path restoration projects are one in each of Scotland’s two National Parks, and are part of a GB-wide initiative, Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million, coordinated by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) in collaboration with 15 National Parks. Sponsorship is provided by Cotswold Outdoor and Snow+Rock, two of Britain’s leading outdoor retailers. In Scotland, the first target is one of the nation’s most heavily eroded mountain

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Posted in Access issues, Nature, News, Walkhighlands news

The End of an Era

Cameron McNeish laments the loss of our traditional mountaineering hostelries. I was initially surprised by the amount of criticism directed at the development plans for the historic Kings House hotel on the edge of the Rannoch Moor. Mountaineering Scotland, the John Muir Trust and the National Trust for Scotland have objected to the latest revisions made to the original proposals while social media has seen a fair amount of comment ranging from “why interfere with an historic droving inn” to “refurb this Scottish treasure and bring it back to its former glory, albeit the wonky fireplace and walls.” I’m not

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Posted in Features, Magazine

Meet the Pine Marten

“Oh wow! A pine marten visits the cottage” I exclaimed, uber-excitedly, as I turned a page in the cottage guest book. “Really?” replied my sister, not looking up from her book and therefore sounding distinctly underwhelmed. I always made, and indeed still do make a habit of perusing the pages of guest books because it’s like getting secret insider information on the place you’re visiting. In this instance, Kinlochewe in Wester Ross. We were both up there on holiday from the English Midlands and I’d never seen a pine marten before, hence my excitement. “Yeah, it says here that a

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Scottish Avalanche forecasts to start 15 December

The SportScotland Avalanche Information Service will start publishing its detailed forecasts for the Scottish Mountains on Friday 15 December. The six mountain areas covered are Northern Cairngorms, Southern Cairngorms, Lochaber, Creag Meagaidh, Glencoe and Torridon. Each report covers snow, avalanche, and climbing conditions. The reports are available from the website or via mobile phone. The SAIS is also asking any walkers or climbers who see an avalanche to report it to them. This can be done on line from the SAIS website. As well as the forecasts, the website also contains a wealth of information about snow and avalanches generally

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