February’s outdoor sleep – 12 in a row, challenge complete

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Bivvy, East Highlands, Scotland | No Comments
February’s outdoor sleep – 12 in a row, challenge complete

After dinner  on the 26th of February I felt inclined to settle down with a well earned drink. But it wasn’t to be, for the weather was settled and I was running out of time to complete my year of outdoor sleeping. I quickly packed my bag, drove a short distance and started climbing up the snowy […]

Cairngorm Summit Bivvy: January’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
Cairngorm Summit Bivvy: January’s Outdoor Sleep

My  monthly outdoor sleeping has spilled over into 2016 due to missing February last year. Winter is always tricky because the short days encourage a relatively long lie.  Having a long lie in a remote outdoor location makes it hard to get much else done the next day, and in winter there is much that I […]

A Daylight Approach to Maol Bhuidhe

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Bothy, Northwest Highlands, TV and Film | 5 Comments
A Daylight Approach to Maol Bhuidhe

Some places get inside you, and the remote Maol Bhuidhe bothy is one of those places. My first visit was in the winter of 2008-09 by the most obvious route, a long icy cycle up Glen Elchaig followed by a climb over the Aonach Bhuidhe – Foagaich bealach. We returned a further three times, using a […]

Glen Affric Hammock Camp: December’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Bivvy, Camp, Northwest Highlands | No Comments
Glen Affric Hammock Camp: December’s Outdoor Sleep

Hammock camp by Loch Beinn A’Mheadhoin I woke in a swaying hammock, too scared to peep over the rim in case four hundred pounds of muscle, tooth and claw was staring back at me. When I first attempted to sleep in a hammock, 13 years ago in the Tolumne Meadows area of Yosemite, this fear […]

Fedden and Loch Arkaig Corbetts: November’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Books, Camp, Walk, West Highlands | No Comments
Fedden and Loch Arkaig Corbetts:  November’s Outdoor Sleep

Meall an Tagraidh from Gleann Cia-aig The ruined house of Fedden lies to the west of the Great Glen, behind the great peaks of Meall na Teanga and Sron a’Choire Garbh. These are hill that I see often as I drive up and down the Great Glen.  An intriguing track snakes up to the Cam […]

Free Will meets Zen on Jura: October’s Outdoor Sleep

Free Will meets Zen on Jura: October’s Outdoor Sleep

On the weekend straddling October and November I drove south to rendezvous with nine other men, two of whom were the captain and crew of a fast boat. We travelled to the Isle of Jura, where I pitched my tent outside a bothy and spent much of the weekend inside, eating steak and drinking beer. […]

Moroccan Zen: September’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Abroad, Bivvy, Climb, Morocco, Travel | No Comments
Moroccan Zen: September’s Outdoor Sleep

I found myself reaching for the word ‘Zen’ to describe the state of mind induced during and following my recent mountaineering trip to Morocco. But what exactly is Zen?  And why did this single three letter word seem to be a more accurate summation of my experience than any I might aspire to craft from the 8000 words […]

2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: August

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Camp, East Highlands, Scotland | No Comments
2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: August

My last night of camping in Canada was the 31st of July. This left August’s outdoor sleep outstanding, and much as I enjoy the outdoors, after a fortnight straight of camping I was ready to spend a bit of time in my house. But time, as ever, was short. After two weekends of settled living, there […]

Canadian Toilet Blackout: July’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Abroad, Camp, Lavatorial Prose | No Comments
Canadian Toilet Blackout: July’s Outdoor Sleep

When holidays stop being fun I first encountered those grey shadow men when entered the world of work, men for whom holidays were not fun but duty or ordeal. I looked into their hollow eyes and knew that I could never become one of them. Years later, having assumed many of their characteristics; the receding […]

2015 Outdoor Sleeping: June

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Bike, Camp, East Highlands, Northwest Highlands, Walk | No Comments
2015 Outdoor Sleeping: June

Bikepacking test run I’ve always been a big fan of combining mountain biking and overnight trips. At first I would suffer an uncomfortable time carrying a pack, then I graduated to panniers. Panniers are great when you’re moving, but they make the bike extremely unwieldy when pushing uphill, through bog or across rivers. I became […]