Hillwalking

From bogs to Brocken spectres

Beinn an Lochain was one of my very first hillwalks and to this day is still one of my favourites. That might be a little surprising for someone obsessed with bagging Munros as this little hill is just shy of that honour but it doesn't make it any less enjoyable…

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Brocken spectres on my 100th Munro

It was back in early 2011, when out mountain biking with my dad in Arrochar, that I was first drawn to the majesty of the Munros and the idea of hillwalking. I never thought at the time that it would grip me so much…

Hillwalking Camping

Stargazing on Sgurr na Stri

Standing only 494 metres high, Sgurr na Stri on the Isle of Skye sits well and truly in the shadow of the mighty Cuillin hills but that doesn't make this small coastal hill any less interesting. It's famed for possessing arguably the best view in Scotland …

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Tested Tough on the Isle of Skye

It was Friday 21st October and my alarm was ringing like any other morning. Except it wasn’t any other morning, I was in the Isle of Skye and I was about to interview to be one of Columbia’s next Directors of Toughness. I looked outside and caught a glimpse of the Cuillin…

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A wander in the woods

I've been to Lewis Hill and Middlethird Wood on quite a few occasions now but each time was on my mountain bike in the rain and wind. This was the first time I had been able to go on foot and with blue skies above me, it was definitely the best…

Hillwalking Camping

First wild camp up the Ochil Hills

After five years of hillwalking, I have finally wild camped up the hills! Years of excuses and not finding the time or money to do it are finally over. Not wanting to go too far from home for my first outing, I thought Dumyat up the Ochil Hills in Stirling would be my best bet…

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The Black Mount double

After years and years of asking me to go up the hills with him when I was a boy, my father and I finally managed to climb a couple of Munros together. Being the old and experienced hillwalker, I let Billy choose where we'd go and Stob Ghabhar was the choice…