Cairngorm Summit Bivvy: January’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
Cairngorm Summit Bivvy: January’s Outdoor Sleep

My  monthly outdoor sleeping has spilled over into 2016 due to missing February last year. Winter is always tricky because the short days encourage a relatively long lie.  Having a long lie in a remote outdoor location makes it hard to get much else done the next day, and in winter there is much that I […]


Posted by on Dec 9, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As I write a steady thaw has set in, bringing to a close a fortnight of persistently subzero temperatures. It feels like spring but it is anything but. By the end of next week the forecasters predict that we will once again be in the icy grip of winter. This is a mere mild interlude […]


Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | One Comment

I went to see Ray Mears speak at Eden Court in Inverness at the end of October, expecting to find a backroom full of men with camouflage trousers and facial hair. I was pleasantly surprised however to find that Ray had sold out the sizable main auditorium to a broad cross-section of society. His fan […]

The nights are fair drawing in…….

Posted by on Sep 20, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Winter is fast approaching, the nights are fair drawing in and here in the highlands the trees are just beginning to turn. I’ve had to start using bike lights in the mornings and it won’t be long before lights are required in both directions. For at least four dark months. It’s a peculiar feeling when […]

Informal snowholing and a new full length article in pdf

Posted by on Feb 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

There’s been a fair amount of chat this week about the banning of ‘informal camping’ on the east shore of Loch Lomond. This isn’t a term I’d heard before and I suspect it has been coined recently to differentiate car-side, bevvy fuelled,  litter producing camping from the more honourable pedestrian based, zero impact ideal of […]

Fossil hunting in Brora

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

“The fossil hunter’s hammer is like a torch; illuminating the past…” The line above came originally from an advert and has lain dormant in my imagination for some years. I can’t recall which product was being advertised but as I write it occurs to me that I may  have unwittingly fallen under the advertiser’s spell […]

The Electric Pale Ale Acid Test

Posted by on Jan 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

It’s been snowing almost constantly since I took this photo and I’m fast running out of places to put the snow. Everywhere round here is similarly affected and the skiing at Cairngorm is truly excellent. Don’t allow yourself to be put off by the weather forecast – we took a chance on a half day yesterday and […]

Some photos from around Inverness

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’ve got myself a better camera as part of an effort to improve my photography. Below are some photos taken around Inverness last weekend.  Wind turbines above Farr, to the west of the A9 just south of Inverness. Having laid down my objections to the piecemeal development of wind farms in my last post I […]

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 […]

Perlerorneq and Periglacial Trimlines

Posted by on Dec 7, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Have you ever become so disenchanted during the dark winter months that you’ve felt the urge to chomp on a dog turd? Me neither, but it does happen. Canine coprophagia is a symptom of perlerorneq, the Inuit name for sickness of life in the dark months. I was introduced to this condition  through Barry Lopez’s engaging […]