Winter skills course

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, January 21 2010.

Yesterday I went on a one-day winter skills course organised by C-N-Do. This was a short introductory course and was a review of the basic skills needed to walk in the Scottish mountains in winter. The content of the course was not new to me although it was good to get some formal instruction and… Read more »

Two wreck sites in the Campsie Fells

Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, December 10 2009.

Last Sunday I went for a walk in the Campsie Fells, starting just north of Queenzieburn and walking directly up the escarpment of the Kilsyth Hiils, going via the Birkenburn Reservoir towards the 570m summit of Meikle Bin. It was a gloomy day and the moorland of the Campsie Fells is a pretty desolate and… Read more »

Ben Chonzie

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, December 4 2009.

Last weekend I climbed Ben Chonzie with a work colleague. It was a the first proper winter hillwalk of this year, with ice on the route and a good covering of snow on the broad summit ridge above about 800m. We saw plenty of all-white mountain hares, they are very widespread in this area.

NNAS navigation course

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, November 3 2009.

Last weekend I went on a NNAS navigation course organised by C-N-Do in Stirling. Some of it was revision for me, but some of it was new, so it was a very useful course. A lot of time was spent doing micro-navigation in pretty featureless terrain in the Touch Hills near Stirling on the Saturday… Read more »

Munro nonsense

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, September 15 2009.

I’ve written before about ‘Munro-bagging’ and how little sense it makes to obsess about the heights of mountains (see my previous blog postings ‘I’m not a Munro-bagger, honest‘ and ‘What is the largest mountain in the world?‘). Now a Munro summit (Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, near Glen Carron in the North-West Highlands) has been remeasured using… Read more »