Archive for the 'Adventures' Category

The Munro Show

Other than the many companions I’ve spent time with in the hills only two people have ever inspired or engaged me when talking about the Scottish Mountains*, one is Tom Weir and the other is Muriel Gray. I’ve spoken about Tom Weir many times, his books and Weir’s Way TV show are an endless source of […]

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Charley Pride: The Country Way

Was out on another bat survey at the Lang Craigs with fellow ranger Jo. The summer nights mean a late start to try and get some darkness around us so it was about half ten before we started to look for any bats. I say look for bats, I mean stand still and wait for […]

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Rub of the green

It was sunny and warm when the wee shop in Cannich proved to much to resist and I sat outside it with my too-hot-to-drink coffee feeling quite happy about it all. I had been packed the night before, ready to go, away early and up the road like a bullet. I had planned a wandery route, missing […]

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Less Is More – Part 2

It was an incredibly peaceful night. Gus told me this was the case as my snoring had been echoing around the coire. I was warm, comfortable and lying out in the fresh air instead of in a tent. You can’t beat that if you get above the midges and have a calm night. But dawn […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Less Is More – Part 1

I was supposed to be heading to Sweden for Haglöfs 100th anniversary celebrations but some family stuff came up at the same time and the trip got canned. But talking to Gus brought about a sort of  consolation idea, we’d head out with a bunch of new season Haglöfs kit to test, have a bit of […]

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Ping!

Timing is everything. The sun was shining all through easter and I wasn’t anywhere near being able to take advantage of it which was a bit frustrating given the nice places I have to be going. But going out to play ’round the back kept me in a good mood. I’m getting used to the […]

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Not That One

While I have no camera I’ve decided to clean out the laptop files, stick all the old photie folders in safe places and take the load off the bulging filing cabinet under the keyboard. Get myself ready for all the new stuff coming up etc It being me of course all that’s happened is I’ve […]

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Reunion Tour

The report came back that to repair my LX5 would be £180, it was the wee motor that operates the lens, I can hear the broken part rattling around inside the camera. In fully operational condition they’re going for less than that on ebay. The LX5 has further part to play in my story. I […]

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Older, Wiser, Fuzzier

I wasn’t supposed to be home so soon, but since my home away from home got demolished to make way for a bypass as I slept in it, here I am. What joy there has been, the widening grin below is proof of that.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Conic Screwdriver

Sometimes things work out just right, the Trail that’s in the shops has a route I wrote for Conic Hill above Balmaha on Loch Lomond which was the result of a quick schedule change. It was perfect as I know the hill so well, I’d just climbed it again so knew my facts were already […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Sandwood Bay

It was our anniversary weekend, it was Joycee’s birthday, the weather looked good and we had no idea Holly was brewing scarlet fever while we were away. Sandwood Bay seems like an awful long time ago. Luckily we took some photies. Actually we were lucky to have any photies to bring back, my Panasonic Lumix […]

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Home and Away

And back again.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Magical Mystery Tour

If you’ve been watching the news, which we were doing accidentally because Richard Branson screwed up our telly once again leaving us with just socialist TV and no cartoons to watch, that is five channels plus BBC 3&4, you’ll have seen the endless horrors currently unfolding around the world. It’s no wonder that this news […]

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Down on the Upside

It’s been the ultimate of contrasts the past couple of days and I’ve been thinking about things that I suppose we all know are always there but maybe we pretend they aren’t. Trail mag came through and I was pleased to see my Mourne Mountain routes are in there. That trip was brilliant in every […]

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Let’s be careful out there

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Sunshine on a rainy day

It was mid afternoon, I’d nipped out to do a wee job which went well, the girls had finished their kids party mayhem and we were suddenly all in the same place at the same time. Quick, go somewhere! Balmaha came up, Arrochar too, but Luss won by default as that’s the road we were […]

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Little Feat

Music in my ears, my eyes squinting onto the bright swirl of cloud and snow. I had to pull on gloves and was glad of my hood. It was difficult at first. It felt awkward, I wheezed, I felt stiff, my pack felt unfamiliar on my back and I shifted it around. I sucked air […]

Saturday, February 8th, 2014