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After the fight There’s been a fight going on!” My first thought was that some people couldn’t agree on the bill at the little restaurant by the pond. But it turned out much more poetic.

Back on track in the Pentlands Hills: Black Hill Classification: Sub 2000 Scottish MarilynWhen: Tuesday 5 FebruaryWho: Me and the mountaineering minionDistance: About 7 ½ milesTime: 3 hours 20 minutesWeather: Started cold and clear but clouded overPost walk drink: Tempest pale alePost walk watering hole: The Hanging Bat craft beer barMishaps: Transport.

24-hours on The Ben: a tale from furth of the Cairngorms It was all so very long ago now. If you'd asked me I'd have ventured that it must be about 10 years ago, but a check of the guidebook shows it was longer - March 2001 in fact, when so many of the mountains were off limits because of foot and mouth.

DofE 20 Conditions No-one will dispute the value of Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions. They give participants a suitable level of challenge in order that they can successfully achieve this important section of their Award without ending up being put off expeditioning for the rest of their lives!

MacRitchie Nature Trail On our way back from Bali we stopped off at Singapore for a few days as we have been told by so many people what a great place it is to visit. On the last day we were there we decided that we wanted to see a bit of wildlife, which is surprisingly abundant in this city.

Yes, It's That Tree Again… Cate and Chris are seasoned backpackers and wild campers. Over the years, they have steadily been picking off many of the UK long distance trails. They're not averse to short trips either and, living near us, have spent many a night out in the Dark Peak.

Remembering Steve Perry Steve Perry on the summit of Ben Hope at the end of his winter Munros round Last week a mountain accident on Ben Hope shook the outdoor world. Deaths in the mountains are always tragic and sad but this one affected more people than most as the two mountaineers involved, Steve Perry and Andy Nesbit, were very well-known and well-liked.

Tuesday's Ten - things you need to know about sleeping bags We Blondes are off on our Winter Wild Camping weekend course this weekend and we will be sharing our top wild camping tips with our lucky course attendees. One of the most important items in your wild camping kit has to be your sleeping bag.

Dust of Snow The sun shines from a sparkling blue sky and I feel an urge to see the thick patches of snow spread over my nearest landscape of wilderness. The snow has already started to melt when I walk into th…

Can my phone step counter help me with navigation? The question above about using phone step counters to judge distance was one posed, very sensibly, by one of our navigation trainees. Successful navigation using a map and compass is all about two very important Ds - Direction and Distance.

Video on gear for winter hillwalking I've just uploaded a video of the gear I use for winter hillwalking. My first video like this. Took three attempts - frozen camera, inaudible audio, wind noise all problems. There's a weird colour change two-thirds of the way through that I can't get rid of or explain.

Huntingdon Clapper Bridge It's easy to think that all of the artifacts and stone structures on Dartmoor have been there for hundreds or thousands of years. Certainly lots of them have. On my walk on the South Moor I had the pleasure of visiting the clapper bridge at Huntingdon which crosses the Western Wella Brook.

How to Winterproof Your Walks Walking in the winter months does present a few extra challenges, but nothing that can't be overcome with the right equipment. From keeping warm to keeping your feet dry, here we explore the iFootpath's guide to winter-proofing your walks… The inevitable fact of the wetter and colder months is that many of the footpaths become muddy.

Looking ahead into 2019 I wrote a similar post to this one, in March last year, setting out my plans for the coming year and I didn't do too badly in the end. I walked the Eden Way and completed the guide book for that walk.

Alan sloman's big walk It seems an awfully long time ago that I sat down to write about my Dad's passing, in this post: A tribute to our Dad but time marches on at breakneck speed. Last year, we lost our Mum. I don't know why, but it affected me far more than I had expected.

PCT RESUPPLY & TOWN THOUGHTS - Part 3 This is not only a resupply point, but it is a true milestone on a PCT thru-hike. When hikers arrived at the store during the years of our thru-hikes, everyone out on the porch would applaud them…pretty cool experience.

Tragic Death of Mountaineer Steve Perry This morning I heard the very sad news that mountaineer Steve Perry has died while climbing with Andy Nisbet on Ben Hope, the most northerly of the Munros. Long-term readers of this blog will remember that Steve used to cop up quite often in these pages.

Dartmoor Rifle Range The Army rifle range just next to Rippon Tor is a fascinating place to visit. There are many people who dislike its presence and would prefer to have it razed to the ground, along with all of the other signs of military presence on the moors.

Gear from long ago performs well For the first time in a few years the snow has been deep enough for local skiing so I retrieved my oldest skis from the garage. Bought in 1987 for a six-week ski tour in the Canadian Rockies these have become the ones I bring out for skiing from home as they're the only waxless skis I have and for short trips I don't want to mess about with waxes.

Filming Great British Railway Journeys We had been invited by Ramblers central office to meet Michael Portillo and his film crew to take part in filming for his BBC Two programme, Great British Railway Journeys.

Go to the winter woods… Winter came down to our home one nightQuietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow, And we, we were children once again. Bill Morgan, Jr. The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty.

Bali Paddy Fields One of the must do trips in Bali is to walk or cycle around the paddy fields and there are a couple of particularly popular locations. We chose Ubud partly because we combined our visit with a trip to the nearby Sacred Monkey Forest and a Bali Dancing show we wanted to see nearby.

Tuesday's Ten - Things You Might not Know about Trees An arboreal Tuesday's Ten this week, mainly brought on by my searches for a silver birch tree to grace my back garden. Trees give us so many things, fun, food, oxygen… isn't it about time we all learned a bit more about them. Here are my 10 things you might not know about trees.

The Great Outdoors March issue The latest issue of The Great Outdoors is in the shops now. I've contributed to a piece on favourite gear for winter along with Judy Armstrong, David Lintern, and Alex Roddie. I also review ten of the latest headlamps. Unsurprisingly several features have a winter feel.

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