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The Great Outdoors November issue In the latest issue of The Great Outdoors I review ten lightweight insulated jackets, three very different water filters, and the lovely but expensive Klattermusen Loride 2.0 jacket. This issue features even more stunning photography than usual, starting with the cover, which shows the editor on Suilven in amazing light.

The water feels warm… is it hysteresis? Here are a couple of scenarios that lovers of the outdoors will recognise… Have you ever wondered why that happens? Why is the ground colder than the air and how can the sea possibly feel warm when there are so many cold raindrops falling into it?

Welcome Sight - Goats in the Hills In this time of what seems like non-stop frightful news about climate change, political upheaval, divisive and ofttimes nasty social disco…

A Pleasant Mood In Autumn It is amazing to walk in the mountains at this time of the year. A pleasant melancholy rests over the landscape. Not a mood that makes you sad, but a nice calm atmosphere after the summer’s g…

OWPG Award for Along the Divide - the Certificate The certificate for the Award for Along the Divide arrived today. I'm pleased all over again! Especially as the judges noted that "The Outdoor Book was particularly strongly contested this year". Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest Chris Townsend Outdoors is a 'Pay As You Feel' website.

Tuesday's Ten - Things our outdoor spaces might like to say to us… Although we Blondes believe firmly in the importance of spending time outside, we also understand that any time we spend in the outdoors has an impact on the environment we are enjoying. This doesn't have to be a negative impact of course. Simply by taking home a bit of litter we are making a positive contribution.

A Swedish Mountain Walk Maybe you have an urge for mountains? Some of my readers did a search for a map of Kullaberg on my blog. I would recommend that you take a look at Kullaleden: KULLALEDEN.

River Nidd Trail Chris and I have been trying to align walking calendars since our aborted walk along the Cape Wrath Trail in May. Various things have prevented us from getting out together, not least my lack of enthusiasm for anything other than low level, unchallenging walking.

Rusty Railing - farewell to a landmark 'I'll meet you by the double railings'. Was the instruction I received the first time I headed down to the beach join my swimming group. I have been sea swimming with the group most days for nearly three years now and have grown to love the physical features that accompany my daily swim.

The Joy of Colours Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. ~ Pablo Picasso. All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites. ~ Marc Chagall. Note I was inspired by Steve McCurry's blog. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

How many campervans does a girl need? I have learned a few things about campervan life since we purchased Ivanka our blue Toyota Hiace van. I have found out that a campervan is a wonderful way to explore the countryside, provides an exciting way to camp, make a great beach changing room and can help spread our outdoor adventures into the winter months.

Food & Resupply in the Colorado Rockies A key to planning on a long walk is knowing where you can resupply with food and other items. How many places are there? Will you have to leave the route to reach them? How many days food needs to be carried between supply points? How much are you prepared to carry?

Hiking in the Rain True nature lovers know that there's a certain joy to be had in hiking, regardless of weather. Hiking is just as pleasurable for the senses, whether you're under a clear, blue sky or when you're sloshing through muddy puddles with your boots.

A new way to Get Outside: the singing forager experience Autumn is a great time for foraging but it is important to learn from experts how to forage safely. Once you have learnt, you will need to remember which of the plants and fruits you are looking at are wild foods and which perhaps aren't.

Eskdale - Climbing Crags Exploration & Muncaster Fell This was a mini-break Richard and I had to Boot in Eskdale where I have an hotel I'm particularly fond of - especially their food! Eskdale is also just about my favourite Lakeland valley… All photos my Zenith manual film camera except where labelled.

Yoredale Way 2019 - Day 5 Interim report, until I get some time and calm down a bit. A great day's walk, with another lovely day's weather. Completely overshadowed by the shit show of a public transport system we have! Neither of the trains I've taken so far today has arrived on time.

Welcoming new people to the joy of Ramblers Scotland walks Can your group help new people try Ramblers group walks? We need groups that really want to recruit new walkers and are prepared to try something a bit different to help make it happen. You don't have to make up your mind straight away but at this stage we'd like to hear from you if you're interested in exploring this idea with us further.

Yoredale Way 2019 - Day 4 After having been bitterly disappointed at the quality of the BBC weather for the last two days, I decided to carry out my own weather forecast this morning. I looked out of my bedroom window, which faces my direction of travel for the first couple of hours this morning.

M&G Go For A Walk I've mentioned before on this blog that my shin muscles have very short memories. I only have to take my eye off the hills for five minutes and the next time I go up a hill, they'll spend the next few days sorely protesting.

Product review: Wraptie multifunctional straps When you've been away hiking, camping or cycling you'll know there are times when multipurpose straps are extremely useful. Maybe you need to attach something to your pack? Tie it down to stop it rattling or flapping in the wind? Or secure your bike, skis or suitcase?

An Old Village, Søllerød It’s like stepping into another world. A pleasant world.

Yoredale Way 2019 - Day 3 Breakfast at the Dante Arms was OK, I was on my own in the bar area, which was nice and as I was finishing I got chatting to Emma who runs the place. I think my criticism of the place may be premature, she's only just taken over so needs some time to get things sorted.

257 - Shenavall Bothy in Wester Ross May 2019, and the Scottish trip was going well. For the second year running, we had picked some of the many bothies in the Highlands as a hook to hang a walk on, and Ryvoan, Duror and Craig bothies had all been great choices.

State of Nature 2019 report - sadly, not a surprise The latest State of Nature makes depressing but unsurprising reading. The overall conclusion, that the UK's biodiversity is declining, is not a shock to anyone interested in the natural world and conservation. A series of impressive reports and infographics packed with worrying detail shows just how serious the situation is.

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