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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]