Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, December 21 2007.

Yesterday I had a great day walking in Lochaber. I was walking in the hills west of Loch Lochy, just north of Fort William. Totally blue skies, light winds, almost no snowpatches and ground frozen firmly made for very good walking conditions. It was very cold though – my car thermometer was reading -7 degrees centigrade the evening before the walk (I was staying at the nearby Spean Bridge Hotel).

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, November 12 2007.

Yesterday I walked to the 815m summit of the The Cheviot. The summit is just inside England (it’s the highest summit in England outside Cumbria), but I started the walk from Sourhope, to the west over the border in Scotland. It made for an interesting route, crossing the border high up on a ridge. The walk was about 17km in total. You can see photos from the walk on my website here.

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, October 15 2007.

On Saturday I walked to the 1130m summit of Ben Lui (or Laoigh) near Tyndrum. This is a summit I’ve been to twice before, and despite its height, the usual route from the A85 in Glen Lochy is a relatively straightforward climb. The difficulties are actually all low down on the mountain, where the River Lochy has to be forded, the Glasgow to Oban railway line crossed, and a route found through a confusing and incredibly muddy conifer plantation.

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Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, October 8 2007.

Last weekend Lesley and I went to Skye for a short trip. We visited Talisker Bay and Glen Brittle, and spent the Saturday evening eating and drinking in Portree. Highlight of the trip was a boat trip from Elgol to Loch Coruisk, in the heart of the Cuillin mountains.

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Posted by & filed under IT & the Internet, Software engineering, September 20 2007.

In my job at the moment, I’m considering what it means to have responsibility for a website – what does this entail? A term that is often used in this respect is ‘webmaster’, but what does this mean? It’s a pretty vague term, but it’s used an awful lot – it’s often seen as text at the bottom of a website page, usually with some sort of contact email address hyperlink.

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Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Personal, September 18 2007.

I spent last weekend in Witney in Oxfordshire at Lesley’s sister’s wedding, and on the journey back to Scotland we stopped off to go for an excellent curry in Manchester’s famous ‘Curry Mile‘. We also went to the Peak District and went for a walk on Kinder Scout. This hill was the site of the ‘Mass Trespass‘ of 1932, an event for which all hillwalkers in Britain should be thankful for. We walked on a 12km circular route from Hayfield along the western edge of the summit plateau that took us about 3.5 hours. Lesley has written a blog entry about the weekend here.

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