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Monthly Archives: April 2019

The John o’ Groats Trail – Filling the Gap north of Inverness

Jim Bunting, the ranger for the John o’ Groats Trail, looks at the development of this new walking route that has captured his heart. In 2014 Jay Wilson, a US citizen then living in Hertfordshire, decided to take on the well-travelled trek from Lands’ End to John o’ Groats. Having grown up alongside the Appalachian Trail, he was a keen long distance walker and this was the biggest and most diverse route he could find in the UK. He never finished the route; instead, ending up living in a cottage in Berriedale overlooking the two towers, shaped like the bishop

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Posted in Access issues, Magazine

Some lessons from Glen Etive

“Fruitful glen of pools and fishes, Glen of hawks, blue eyed, crying” – Gleann Measach Iasgach Linneach – Deirdre of the Sorrows According to Irish mythology, Deirdre and her love Naoise founded Glen Etive after fleeing Ulster. What was a place of refuge has become a place of conflict, where environmental priorities are weighed against each other and land justice issues play out. David Lintern looks at the context and wonders what can be learnt. First, a recap. Last year, developer Dickens Hydro Resources put in planning applications for seven run of river hydro schemes, off every main tributary feeding

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Gear Review: Vaude Trail Spacer 18 rucksack

Recommended Retail Price: £130Weight: 550g This running vest/rucksack hybrid from Vaude hasn’t so much grown on me as clung to me. Incredibly form-fitting and stretchy in places where packs are usually rigid, once secured by the narrow chest and waist straps and with shoulder straps adjusted it really moves with your body, making it good for running, scrambling and mountain biking as well as general hiking. It’s also very, very comfortable. With a capacity of 18 litres, including the stretchy pockets at the sides and front, the actual body of the pack is just big enough for Scottish summer walking

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Posted in Gear reviews, Magazine, Rucksacks

Gear Review: Bridgedale Mid Weight Stormsock waterproof sock

RRP: £32 Available in 2 colours (black and khaki) and 4 unisex UK shoes sizes (3 – 5.5, 6 – 8.5, 9 – 11.5, 12+) I’ve worn waterproof socks regularly for winter running for the last few years, for comfort with unlined footwear and to stop chilblains from being in cold and wet footwear. More recently I’ve also started using them for walking in lightweight boots and trail shoes when I know I’ll end up with wet feet but don’t want the added weight of my waterproof boots. Despite keeping toenails short and taking care to rinse and dry the

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Posted in Accessories, Gear reviews, Magazine

Cairngorms Big Nature Weekend

There’s a reason that the BBC Springwatch team are basing themselves here in the Cairngorms National Park in 2019 – it is the most amazing place for wildlife! Organisers of the Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend are inviting anyone to come and experience the area themselves. The weekend will run from 10-13 May. With over 80 activities taking place across the Cairngorms National Park there will be something for everyone, from families and those who are new to wildlife watching, to the more seasoned nature lover. The weekend kicks off with a dynamic talk from Cairngorms Connect the UK’s biggest and

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Posted in News

Gear review: Rab Cirrus Flex hoody

Recommended Price: £125Weight: 404g (large) This reasonably lightweight synthetic insulated jacket is filled with Cirrus 3M Featherless insulation – which Rab reckon is equivalent to 600 fill power down. That’s a little way short of the the warmth and loft properties of the very best quality down – but then synthetics are also easier to wash, perform better when wet, and are cheaper. There are thinner fleece panels down the sides of the jacket, along the bottom of the arms and the sides of the hood. When working hard in an insulated jacket I often find the surface fabric ends

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Posted in Gear reviews, Jackets, Magazine, Midlayers


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