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: March

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Bivvy, East Highlands | No Comments
2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: March

Nowadays we spend so little time outside in the environment. It’s all too easy to pass precious family time in the shaded indoors, shouting at the children to watch less TV and to clear up mounds of plastic crap that until a generation ago didn’t exist. Only in the outdoors, in the absence of such vile intrusions, […]

Four Highest Cairngorms Hill Run

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in East Highlands, Run | One Comment
Four Highest Cairngorms Hill Run

“The more books we read, the sooner we perceive that the true function of the writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence . . . All excursions into journalism, broadcasting, propaganda and writing of films, however grandiose, are doomed to disappointment.” Cyril Connolly, from Nicholas Shakespeare’s biography […]

Cairngorm Bivvy on a School Night

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Bivvy, East Highlands | 7 Comments
Cairngorm Bivvy on a School Night

Late evening sun on the cliffs of Coire an Lochain For years I have toyed with the idea of a midweek bivvy in the long days that surround midsummer. The thought of having to rise at an absurdly early hour to rush into work for 0800 has always put me off. This year I made an […]

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 […]

Winter Highlights Feb – Mar 2013

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Climb, East Highlands, Ski, West Highlands | 2 Comments
Winter Highlights Feb – Mar 2013

Been reasonably busy of late but haven’t managed to find the time for any blogging. Here’s a quick, photo-heavy post to set things straight. Ski Touring: Glen Feshie A quick blast up Sgor Gaoith, following the snowiest lines. Winter Climbing: Golden Oldy, Aonach Mor Readers of this blog might be surprised to learn that I used to […]

MTB circuit of Carn nan Tri-tighearnan

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Bike, East Highlands | One Comment

Carn na Tri-tighearnan Circuit, 40 miles, 4,500 ft ascent. Ridden anticlockwise Around a year ago I first wrote about my local hills, the high moors that rise to the southeast of Inverness. At the time I noted that a planning application had been lodged for a wind farm on the Moy Estate. This application has subsequently […]

Cairngorms: Overnight ski mountaineering trip

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in East Highlands, Ski | 12 Comments

  Coire an t-Sneachda The fickle nature of Scottish winter conditions has been beautifully illustrated by this season. It got off to a promising start, but a thaw over Christmas took its toll and despite some further snowfall it all ground to a halt at the end of February, the earliest end to a season […]

Another MTB traverse of the Cairngorms: Aviemore to Blair Atholl

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Bike, East Highlands | 3 Comments

  Former bridge at Carnachuin in Glen Feshie     In 1971 the Italian alpinist Reinhold Messner wrote an essay entitled ‘The Murder of the Impossible’, in which he criticised the trend among some mountaineers of the time of drilling holes in the rock to allow the fixing of expansion bolts. His objection was that, by using […]