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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Outside in

These are difficult times for all of us. If you love the outdoors it can be difficult to be separated from the hills. From his home in Inverness, John D Burns (author of The Last Hillwalker and Sky Dance) looks for the lighter side of confinement and gives us something to smile about. I’m indoors, isolated and trying write my next book on my PC but the words won’t come. I’ve not been more than a few hundred yards from my flat door for two weeks, and the confinement is getting to me. I’m staring at the keyboard, trying to

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Lockdown reads for lovers of the outdoors

Isolation Shepherd – Iain R. Thomson Delve into the world of remote isolation in this moving and very readable account of a shepherd and young family’s life in Glen Strathfarrar. Set in the mid 1950’s it tells of a world before modern communications and comforts but with many aspects – the mountains around Loch Monar, the relationship between laird and tenant, the tough winter weather, and the working of sheepdogs, that remain to this day. Plenty of photographs help to bring the story to life and the loving descriptions of the landscape mentally teleport you to that remote cottage at

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Posted in Books, Features, Magazine, News, Walkhighlands news

Infected – a call for love in the time of Corona

In the few days before Lockdown was announced, a friend and I went into the mountains northwest of Inverness for the last of winter. It was remote, miles from the nearest road, but we were mindful of the (then) most recent advice to minimise our risk. We’ve both been off the hill more than on recently, but the weather was tempting and for my friend, a keyworker, this was his last leave for what might be some time. On balance, we were cautious: We allowed an extra day and talked down our expectations for a fairly long and quite isolated,

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Watch Banff Mountain films at home

Need some inspiration while we’re all indoors? The Banff Mountain Film Festival UK & Ireland tour has curated a selection of epic adventure films so you can have your own free adventure screening – from your sofa! “There’s nothing quite like catching up with your buddies at a Banff show to get psyched for adventure,” says tour director Nell Teasdale. “But while we can’t celebrate what we love in person with the adventure community, we can still celebrate it at home – and dream of everything we want to explore, ride, ski, hike, paddle and experience once we get back

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Avalanche forecasts continue during outbreak

UPDATE: Forecasts have ceased since this article was published, in line with advice not to undertake mountain activities. The Scottish Avalanche Information Service is to continue providing daily forecasts on snow cover and avalanche risk until 19 April if possible. People are currently visiting the mountains and the avalanche service says it will provide forecasts unless Government travel advice changes. An SAIS spokesman told the BBC: “Given the snow conditions, Easter holidays, and the likelihood of a large number of visitors we will run the service until Sunday 19 April.” “Currently there is a general desire to keep the mountains

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Coronavirus advice for walkers

We have deleted this post of advice from March 18 as the advice has been superceded. Click on the green box above for current advice. Stay at Home.

Posted in Access issues, Magazine, News

Coronavirus Update from Scottish Mountain Rescue

Please note this story was published on 19th March and has been superseded by the ‘Stay at home’ message and advice as shown above. Scottish Mountain Rescue have issued the following statement: “Following recent reporting around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we want to take this opportunity to provide some updates on our current situation. Scottish Mountain Rescue teams are continually reviewing their action plans to ensure they can provide a continuous service within Search & Rescue to safeguard both teams and the service to the general public. Being in the outdoors has many benefits and we are usually very happy

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National Parks Photography Winners

The UK National Parks and Campaign for National Parks have chosen the winner and runners up of its joint photography competition.  Around the theme of a ‘Inspired By Nature’, the competition drew around 1,700 entries from across the 15 National Parks in the UK via social media. Outstanding wildlife shots, landscapes and people blew away the judges. The dramatic winning shot, from Pete Stevens, depicts the spectacle of the natural world as a rare osprey swoops in on its prey in the Cairngorms National Park. Pete said: “I’ve always loved being out and about in Scotland and having spent a

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Posted in Magazine, News, Photography

Gear Review: Kathmandu Aikman fleece jacket

Recommended price: £64.99Weight: 430g (women’s size 8) Once ubiquitous, fleece jackets have fallen from favour somewhat in recent years, with many walkers switching to synthetic insulation that offers more warmth to weight. They are, however, usually more breathable which makes them still a great choice when it’s slightly less cold or when your sweating heading uphill. This fleece jacket from Kathmandu is made from Polartec Thermal Pro, a high performance fleece. In addition to the usual soft fleece inner, the outer surface is a knitted structure giving the garment a distinctive look. The surface has proved robust with no piling

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Posted in Gear reviews, Jackets, Magazine, Midlayers

Ramblers Scotland to welcome Lucy Wallace as its first woman president

Well-known blogger and mountain leader Lucy Wallace will become the first woman president of Ramblers Scotland, the walking charity announced today. Lucy is a professional wildlife guide and outdoor instructor who holds the Winter, Summer and International Mountain Leader awards. She is an accredited Duke of Edinburgh’s Award assessor, working with schools and young people on expeditions throughout Scotland. She will succeed countryside ranger Ben Dolphin as Ramblers Scotland’s honorary figurehead, following the organisation’s AGM in North Berwick this weekend. She follows in the footsteps of the late conservationist Dick Balharry, award-winning broadcaster Cameron McNeish and Dr Andrew Murray, who was the Scottish Government’s

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