Redwood

I walked a dirt path at sunrise. Either side of me the gargantuan trunks of the tallest trees on earth rose so high I couldn’t see their tops.

The pillar trunks of the trees stood silent and still in the... read the full article



Hillwalking through the forest

On trawling through the news headlines this morning one in particular struck me. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has penned a letter to the Scottish environment minister expressing concerns that “Scotland’s dramatic open views and vistas could be threatened... read the full article



A slice of the Arctic

The high plateau of the Cairngorms is often called a true Arctic environment, right here in Scotland. Having been to the Arctic a number of times, to Lapland and Svalbard, I can testify that the Cairngorm plateau, aside from... read the full article



An autumn ridge walk – in praise of the bivi

The notion of sleeping rough in the wild with no tent, for fun, baffles a lot of people when I try to explain it to them. I usually describe my bivi bag as something akin to a body bag.... read the full article



Sarek – a wilderness trek

We had been waiting on the deserted jetty all morning when a little Sami man walked slowly by, bent in back and with a pointed grey beard. He told us he was a wizard and he and his wife – a... read the full article



Hill time, bothy time

Cul Mor from Stac Pollaidh

Cul Mor from Stac Pollaidh

I was in contemplative mood as I drove north to the wonderful wild mountains of Assynt and Coigach. Life had been running at full speed for me in recent years: a new career, children, new... read the full article