A 103-post collection

Focus, Fun and Learning

I'm not setting resolutions for 2012, the plan for the year can be summed up with: Focus, Fun and Learning Rather than blathering on, I am going to try to keep my posts short (lightweight) as much as possible this year. Sometime in the next couple of months you will see some changes on this site, but for now that's all I'm saying. *Planned trips/activities * Scotland Winter Walking (February) Run (March) - I have entered a short offroad race Walking Skye (April) Mountain Leader Training

Read more

2011 - Where did it go?

I wrote a long post looking back at 2011, reviewing gear, trips and all sorts of stuff. I decided to bin it though and instead the main things to take from the year were the excellent trips with Phil, Colin, Tookie, my dad & of course Traci: Cairngorms Everything but the kitchen sink Cairngorms with Phil, Colin & Tookie - The Mamores Ben Nevis via CMD Ben Nevis in Winter Aonach Eagach Bidean nam Bian All of those trips were with others, an exception to this

Read more

The First Real Snow of the Winter

I had been planning a weekend wildcamping in the lake district but a dodgy shoulder led to a change of plans. Earlier in the week there was an inch of snow at home, sadly it has all melted now. My inbuilt Snowdar came into action today and after throwing a few things into my pack I was heading along the A689 West up Weardale. Earlier in the week the entire top of the dale looked brilliant white, not so anymore but it was still white. The

Read more

Aonach Eagach & Two Potentially Dangerous Errors

A couple of cheap hotel deals saw me driving towards Glencoe after breaking the journey North overnight at the Travelodge in Dumbarton. The forecast was far from encouraging, gusts in excess of 60mph and rain. Each time I drive through Glen Coe I dream of walking the Aonach Eagach and every time something happens to stop me. The previous trip I had managed to thwart the Cairngorm demons that did the same in the East of Scotland. We were over an hour later than intended after

Read more

Cairngorms - Everything but the kitchen sink

Day 1 = 1 mile Day 2 = 16 miles Day 3 = 22 miles Total = 39 miles Munros = 2 Last year it seamed every other week I was out walking with Phil Turner, both of us have been so busy this year that the trips have been few and few far between until recently. Remarkably I emailed a date when I was free and the stars must of aligned and Phil was also free. A couple of weeks later and I arrived at Turner Towers to see him

Read more