Creag Uchdag

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, April 4 2007.

On Thursday last week, I climbed the 879m summit of Creag Uchdag with Chris, a colleague from work. Both of us have climbed all the larger and more well-known summits near Edinburgh, so we decided to climb something a bit more out of the way. The weather forecast was also not that great, and a… Read more »

Beinn Dearg

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, March 23 2007.

Yesterday I walked to the 1008m summit of Beinn Dearg, near Blair Atholl (photographs here). It was a very long walk, just over 30km and took me about 9 hours. A long walk like this, to reach a remote Munro summit, would normally be quite difficult this early in the year, but the weather was… Read more »

My macabre interest

Posted by & filed under Books, Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, February 26 2007.

I go walking a lot in various parts of Scotland, especially the more mountainous and hilly bits, and I have a secret about this that that I don’t tell many people; I’m fascinated by aircraft crash wreckage that you find surprisingly often in these sorts of places. I’ve written in detail about this here.

Ben Starav

Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, Travel, February 21 2007.

Yesterday I climbed to the summit of Ben Starav, in Glen Etive, at 1078m (photographs here). The walk starts at sea level and goes straight up to the summit via a 3km rocky ridge, so is a relatively hard slog. I’d tried to get to the top of this mountain two years ago, in January… Read more »

Safety in the mountains

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, February 19 2007.

There’s been a lot of talk on the news recently about safety in the mountains, prompted by several deaths in the past few months in the Coire an t-Sneachda area of the Cairngorm mountains. Yes, there’s no question that people die in the Scottish mountains, especially in winter, and even if they have all the… Read more »