Fresh insights into the glaciation of Scotland: Tom Bradwell at the Inverness Field Club

Posted by on Mar 2, 2010 in Climate, Earth, Landscape | No Comments

  A couple of weeks ago I attended one of the Inverness Field Club‘s winter lectures. Despite having very nearly used up half my biblical allocation, I was the youngest person in the audience by a considerable margin. I had been coaxed into this gathering of the grey-haired, this amalgamation of the aged, this exhibition of the elderly, […]

Short review of ‘The Wind Farm Scam’ and a bit of skiing

Posted by on Dec 24, 2009 in Books, Climate, Ski | 4 Comments

Welcome to the Christmas edition of my blog. It certainly feels like Christmas round these parts, we’ve had lying snow for well over a week now. The photo below is of  snow-laden pine and willow. I was very pleased that last week’s post elicited a response from David Mackay, the author of the book  ‘Sustainable […]

Windfarms, Sustainable Energy and Biodiversity

Posted by on Dec 8, 2009 in Climate, Uncategorized | One Comment

The run up to the Copenhagen climate talks has provoked a rash of anti windfarm chat on the outdoor blogs. I’ve decided to join in and air my reservations about the wind farm frenzy that is currently sweeping the nation. I wrote the text below in response to a post of Chris Townsend’s but  decided to give it an […]

Some photos of Nairn beach and a little bit of politics

Posted by on Oct 31, 2009 in Science | 4 Comments

A bit of a departure from the norm this week. I felt compelled to provide some political commentary in place of the usual travel / outdoor material. Normal service will be resumed next week. I’m working on a plan for the second nocturnal mountain bike journey of the winter season. Trains will  feature once again! […]

Siberian rats, mass emigration and the Scottish psyche

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Northwest Highlands, Science | 8 Comments

Might Siberian rats help explain cultural differences between Scotland and the USA? This thought occurred to me as I hunkered down on the slopes of Beinn Bheag, one of the two small hills that are prominent in the view down Loch a’Bhraoin from the A832 past Braemore Junction. The Grahams Groban and Beinn Bheag, flanked […]

A bright future for Scottish winter climbing?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009 in Science | No Comments

We may be standing on the threshold of a period of bumper winters! This glimmer of hope for Scottish winter climbing in the face of seemingly inevitable global warming comes from the recent prediction that, over the next decade or so, temperatures might fall, rather than rise. The prevailing westerly wind plays a large part […]