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...