Were there glaciers in the mountains of Scotland as recently as the mid-19th century?

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, February 25 2014.

New research Two academic papers have been published recently in the journal ‘The Holocene‘: Harrison S, Rowan A V, Glasser N F, Knight J, Plummer M A, Mills S C. 2014. Little Ice Age glaciers in Britain: Glacier–climate modelling in the Cairngorm mountains. The Holocene 24. 135-140. Abstract: http://hol.sagepub.com/content/24/2/135. Full text of paper (PDF; access… Read more »

A Zoologist on Baffin Island, 1953

Posted by & filed under Books, Mountains & hills, Science, September 24 2013.

I have been interested in the Canadian island of Baffin Island since ‘Frozen Fire: a Tale of Courage‘ by James Houston was a set text when I went to school. Baffin Island, which straddles the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago is in many ways the archetypal ‘Arctic’ location – it has sea ice,… Read more »

Garbh Choire Mòr

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, October 11 2012.

For several years now, there has been a secretive and remote location in the Scottish mountains that I have been trying to get to. This location is Garbh Choire Mòr, a corrie at the western end of the larger An Garbh Choire in the Cairngorm mountains, between Braeriach and Cairn Toul, and it is notable… Read more »

Cranstackie and the wreck of a Second World War Mosquito

Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, September 26 2012.

Three weeks ago whilst staying for a week in nearby Kinlochbervie, I climbed the 801m Corbett summit of Cranstackie in Sutherland. Cranstackie (along with its neighbouring Corbett summit of Beinn Spionnaidh) is the most northerly mountain (if you count a mountain as being above the Corbett height of 762m) in the British Isles, and Sutherland… Read more »

Ben Nevis

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, July 22 2012.

Last week I climbed Ben Nevis with Lesley’s sister, Kate. Kate had had an ambition to climb the highest mountain in the British Isles, and asked me to guide her as she is not an experienced hillwalker. Because the aim of the trip was simply to attain the summit, and not take Kate anywhere dangerous… Read more »

The Rothiemurchus Forest and Creag a’Chalamain

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, June 30 2012.

Six weeks ago in mid-May I travelled to the Cairngorms for a trip to take advantage of some rare good weather that was forecast. Upon arrival in the evening I camped overnight in an excellent site in the heart of Rothiemurchus Forest, only 45 minutes’ walk from the road at Coylumbridge but with a real… Read more »

Walks in Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, May 30 2012.

A month ago Lesley and I travelled to England and Wales for a week’s holiday. During the trip we went on two great walks in upland areas. The first was in Snowdonia National Park. We started at the village of Beddgelert where we were staying in a B&B and walked east out of the village… Read more »

Introduction to scrambling course

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, May 14 2012.

Last weekend I attended a two-day Introduction to Scrambling course at Glenmore Lodge. I had undertaken this course before, in August last year but was only able to attend for the first day. On that previous course the instruction group spent the day in the Chalamain Gap in the northern corries area of the Cairngorms… Read more »