Friday, November 19, 2010


Rather than watch the latest lowest common denominator reality slurry, I've been poking about with my spreadsheet on which I record all of my walk information. I've started trying to get the information organised in a way that will allow me to automatically generate some useless statistics.

So, here's the results of the first bit of tinkering. Oh, the joys of pivot tables.

And before someone points out that the graph adds up to more than my current tally of 100 Munros - it includes the multiple ascents I've done too..

UPDATE: I've tweaked my spreadsheet to provide more useless information. I've included it in a dedicated page here

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Osprey Talon 33

Can't wait to get my new pack out onto the hill. First impressions - it's way lighter than my Berghaus Freeflow (900g versus 1.5kg) Also, because it doesn't have the rigid curved back system of the Berghaus, it swallows much more kit despite being technically smaller..

Scott of the Himalaya: hard climber, serious fundraiser

Dougal Haston on the Hillary Step, Everest -Photo by Doug Scott

On November 6th at the MacRobert Arts Centre at Stirling University, we were privileged to attend a lecture given by the famous mountaineer Doug Scott. It was an enthralling evening and his photography is stunning. I'm not going to write a review. Instead, I'll link to a great review of the evening by Dave Hewitt of the Caledonian Mercury.

Milestone at Bridge of Orchy - Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh

A Different Perspective
Looking across to the slopes of Beinn Dorain from a crag on Beinn an Dothaidh.

A Munro Milestone...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Buachaille Etive Beag

Stob Dubh Summit
Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)

One final walk for the October holidays - a smash and grab across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stob Coire Sgriodain and Chno Dearg

Treig Point (A Landscape)
Loch Treig, Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain from Stob Coire Sgriodain.

A great pair of hills - just don't forget your gaiters!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Under Canvas

Vango Tempest 200
...Here's mine

Brown Cow Hill

Sron Bhuic
Marshall on Brown Cow Hill

Just as the snow is making its return to the hills, here's a Strathdon Corbett from last winter. Yikes! It was only six months ago!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010


Sunset Viewpoint
Oxen Craig at Sunset - May 2009

Off on an Outdoor Learning training course tomorrow on Bennachie - probably my favourite and most visited hill..

Dunnideer Hill

Dunnideer Hill Fort II
Dunnideer Hill (a previous visit)

Iona was desperate to climb her first mountain with her dad. So, we took a drive over to Insch to bag Dunnideer, a "mountain with a castle" on top.

The Buck (of Cabrach)

The Buck Trigpoint
The Buck summit

Not enough time for a full hill day so I decided to pull this from the to-do list. Shameful that I've left it so long really, it's only about 10 miles from my front door.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Lochnagar Round

Broad Cairn
Broad Cairn Summit

These are my local Munros, less than an hour from the front door if the road is clear and I've done Broad Cairn and Lochnagar multiple times but never strung all five together. Big distances involved, especially the punishing stomp along Loch Muick, so I dug out the bike from the shed.

Conival & Ben More Assynt

Achmelvich Sunset
Achmelvich Beach
Day two of a two day North West Munro Marathon..

Eididh nan Clach Geala, Meall nan Ceapraichean, Cona' Meall & Beinn Dearg (Ullapool)

Loch a' Choire Ghranda II
Loch a' Choire Ghranda

Day one of a two day North West Munro Marathon..