Outdoor Sleeping Catchup April – November 2017

Sleeping in the great outdoors always improves my mood, so a month before my 40th birthday I decided that I would make an effort to sleep outdoors at least once a month.  The original plan was to keep it up for a year, but I am now well on my way to three years. In November […]

Packrafting the River Nairn OR Carlos Castaneda as Self Help for the Recently Redundant

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in East Highlands, Packraft | 2 Comments
Packrafting the River Nairn OR Carlos Castaneda as Self Help for the Recently Redundant

Before I left corporate work I experienced some anxiety that after 15 years my job may have become a larger part of my identity than I had acknowledged, that I might miss some aspect of it when it was gone. Two months out these fears seem to have been unfounded. It is incredibly liberating to […]

Tour de Cairngorms Bikepacking Trip

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Bike, Camp, East Highlands | No Comments
Tour de Cairngorms Bikepacking Trip

In late May I spent four days cycling around the Cairngorms with my friend Donald. This ride has been on my radar for many years but I have never actually allocated the time to it. What better opportunity than now, as a redundant man? Conditions were perfect, warm, sunny and with river levels so low I was […]

Packraft Camp at Whiteness Head – March’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Camp, Climate, Earth, East Highlands | No Comments
Packraft Camp at Whiteness Head – March’s Outdoor Sleep

I’m now at 25 months of sleeping outdoors at least once a month. One might imagine that it would get easier after two years, but I still experience an inbuilt resistance to leaving my warm house and comfortable bed for the dark unknown.  Even when my logical mind knows that I am bound for a pleasant […]

Fear of the Dark: February’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Camp, East Highlands, Outdoor Sport, Scotland | No Comments
Fear of the Dark: February’s Outdoor Sleep

Fear of the dark is a fundamental part of the human condition, dating back millions of years to when we were hominids on the African savannah, sleeping alongside nocturnal hunters capable of snatching us from our nest and dragging us, screaming, into the night. The nature of our fear of the dark has evolved with us. […]

This Green Winter Bivvy is a Sign of Things To Come

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Bivvy, Climate, Commentary, East Highlands | No Comments
This Green Winter Bivvy is a Sign of Things To Come

This month I have a bit of climate chat for you. As you can see from the accompanying photo of my ice-encrusted bivvy bag, my January sleep was chilly but not particularly wintery. Not only is there no snow at my bivvy spot, there is barely a scrap of the white stuff to be seen […]

Glen Feshie Hammock Camp: December’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Bivvy, East Highlands | 2 Comments
Glen Feshie Hammock Camp: December’s Outdoor Sleep

Here we are at the start of another year. I have resolved to make 2017 a year of writing. This blog will be updated at least fortnightly and I am going to complete two longer projects, a non-fiction book that I started back in 2014 and a short e-book on my 2016 mountaineering trip to […]

Outdoor sleeping catchup March to July

Outdoor sleeping catchup March to July

Back in February I completed a year of sleeping outdoors at least once per month. I have continued the habit and have now notched up 17 months straight. Here’s a quick catchup. March – otter watching at a small and secret loch Secret loch Re-reading Barry Lopez’s accounts in ‘Arctic Dreams’ of the Eskimo’s amazing […]

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 […]

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 […]