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March 20, 2017

For me scrambling is about flow and freedom, unencumbered by heavy loads and unwieldy techniques, covering airy ground absorbed in the moment, distracted and oblivious to the labour of upwards progress. Fine enough sentiment but of course we need the means to look afte...

August 31, 2016

Let's start with the now legendary Trip Advisor review. It goes like this:

"Very Steep and Too High".

After going up Mount Snowdon by train in Wales I'd forgotten just how high some mountains can get. And they don't come much higher than this one - that's for sure. LOL!...

August 21, 2016

In the mid 1990s, before the mobile phone boom, there were some who considered the adoption of this technology as a piece of safety kit unnecessary and even depreciative of the wilderness experience. Ten years later I dare say it would have been considered borderline n...

August 14, 2016

Scottish, scrambles, climbs and mountaineering routes are fiercely free from fixed anchors, bolts, rings, steel stancheons or any manner of permenantly installed metal equipment.

Apart from a few exceptions…


“Because there is a widely accepted ethic that adventurous...

August 6, 2016

My client and I looked at each other, this was a classic situation that many regular hill goers will recognise. A couple, one partner undaunted, striding towards an undertaking of uncertain outcome, probably having convinced the other of their proficiency, positiveness...

June 30, 2016

Near perfect functionality and design in outdoor equipment is an ephemeral thing: what works for one user lacks for another, what sells in Scotland doesn't always trade well in France. Often when we visit gear shops in the UK were are subject to the geographical variab...

March 2, 2016