A Winter Bivvy on Sgurr a’Mhaoriach

Posted by on Feb 22, 2010 in Bivvy, Northwest Highlands | One Comment

Took on a mountaintop bivvy on Saturday night on Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach, a hill at the to the north of Loch Quoich that is commonly climbed before the nearby Munro, Sgurr a ‘Mhaoriach. An island in the loch was previously occupied by an outlaw who shared my name – Ewan Macfie. He refused to […]

Informal snowholing and a new full length article in pdf

Posted by on Feb 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

There’s been a fair amount of chat this week about the banning of ‘informal camping’ on the east shore of Loch Lomond. This isn’t a term I’d heard before and I suspect it has been coined recently to differentiate car-side, bevvy fuelled,  litter producing camping from the more honourable pedestrian based, zero impact ideal of […]

Jonathan Meades: Off Kilter in the Outer Hebrides

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010 in Islands, TV and Film | 7 Comments

Jonathan Meades has been a favourite commentator of mine for some years. Despite his predilection for the tackling of esoteric and often unfamiliar subject matter, a combination of insightful criticism and beautiful cinematography make his television programmes a joy to watch. It was a delight to see the great man bring his rose-tinted spectacles and […]

An alternative to Alladale

Posted by on Feb 2, 2010 in Commentary, Landscape, Nature | 3 Comments

Might independence be a necessary precursor to the reintroduction of wolves to the Scottish hills? This week’s post discusses deer management, re-wilding, access and land reform. Monday brought the dismaying news that the local licensing committee have renewed Paul Lister’s license to keep 17 wild boar and 2 elk in a fenced enclosure on his Alladale Estate. […]