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 […]

Another two May microadventures

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Camp, East Highlands | No Comments
Another two May microadventures

We spend so much time indoors, engaged in abstract work, breathing the stale air of the open plan office, drawing the blinds to shield our computer screens from the sun, sitting in meeting rooms exchanging bizarre Dilbert-speak with our co-workers. I am uncomfortably aware that this corporate work is moulding me into something far removed from […]

Riverside Tarp Camp: Chicken Roasting, Beer and a Flyfishing Masterclass

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Books, Camp, East Highlands | 2 Comments
Riverside Tarp Camp: Chicken Roasting, Beer and a Flyfishing Masterclass

Sometimes our literary and actual worlds collide, it is as if we become characters in the book that we are reading, as if the author is narrating our own lives. I experienced such a collision recently, when I went out for a Friday night tarp camp with a friend. He had selected a campspot by […]

2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: May

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Camp, Northwest Highlands | No Comments
2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: May

A Family Backpacking Adventure The landscape of Coigach was placed out of bounds to car-based campers with the closure of the Achnahaird bay campsite in 2008. At the time I wrote a piece celebrating what it had been, and lamenting the loss of a national treasure. A new site opened up on the opposite side of the […]

2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: April

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Camp, Southern Highlands and Argyll | No Comments
2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: April

Save some money by refilling your gas canisters….. The price of gas (butane / propane rather than petrol / gasoline) is a constant pre-occupation for the budget conscious camper.  I can’t bring myself to buy a nice lightweight 125 g canister when I could buy a 250 g canister for about a pound more. And then […]

2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: January

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Camp | No Comments

January was always going to be a tough gig. The problem is the long nights, or more specifically the late sunrises. With the January sun not rising until after 0800 hrs a midweek outdoor sleep would involve the unappealing prospect of  getting up in the dark to go to work. A weekend would involve the […]

A Fannich Microadventure

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Camp, Northwest Highlands, Walk | 3 Comments
A Fannich Microadventure

At this time of year I like to take advantage of the long days and get away for a quick overnight trip. These trips are an ideal way to balance outdoor sport with family life. It’s quite possible to leave home after the children are in bed, have a camp in a lovely remote spot, bag […]

Summer highlights 2013

Summer highlights 2013

I’m going to put it on record that this summer has been one of the best I can remember. After a cold spring it has now been consistently warm and sunny for months. The purpose of this blog post is to bank a few memories of the summer of 2013 so I can refer back […]

Switzerland: Scottish weather thwarts an attempt on Uri Rostock, 2928 m

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Camp, Climb, Switzerland, Walk | No Comments
Switzerland: Scottish weather thwarts an attempt on Uri Rostock, 2928 m

By the lake in Zug. The Finsterarhorn is just visible in the distance to the left of the fountain At the end of June I attended a training course in the Swiss town of Zug and was reminded what a marvellous, clean and orderly country Switzerland is.  One morning I observed a workman polishing a […]