Monday, October 10, 2011

Bailies of Bennachie

Bailies of Bennachie Calendar 2012
Bailies of Bennachie 2012 Calendar.
Get yours now - The Bailies of Bennachie 2012 Calendar..

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Teaching in Nature

Winter Shadows
Winter Shadows - Muir of Dinnet.
SNH Commissioned Report 476: Teaching in nature
"SNH has a remit for people's enjoyment and understanding of the natural heritage as well as the care of it. The potential for the educational use of National Nature Reserves (NNRs) (and similar 'wild' places for nature) is not well understood. This research was designed to enable practicing teachers from primary and secondary schools to collaboratively explore how National Nature Reserves could be used to provide for learning across a range of subject areas. This work was conducted within the context of the new national curriculum initiative in Scotland, Curriculum for Excellence."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Devils and Angels

Sentinels II
The Devil's Point guards the entrance to the Lairig Ghru. Cairn Toul is behind and to the right.

The Devil's Point, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine (The Angel's Peak) from the Linn of Dee.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Devil is in the details

More information on my latest walk..

It was pointed out that my GPS elevation graphs look very smooth. I think that's down to two factors. Firstly, the distance (38km) is helping to smooth them out. Secondly, the graphs in the last post were using the elevation data from the map, rather than my GPS unit. In the screenshot above, I've posted both graphs.

Just for fun, I've also included the graph for speed. It clearly shows the use of the bike at the start and end of the walk. The speed also increases and decreases (as you would expect) with the ascents and descents. Breaks and photo stops are also visible on the speed graph.

The spike at 15km incidentally is the point at which after cacheing our packs for the ascent of The Devil's Point, I had to run back down to get the forgotten tripod. Oops!

Friday, September 09, 2011


So many epics this year. My next few hills will be roadside quickies...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hill of Tillymorgan

Glens of Foudland
Glens of Foudland from Hill of Tillymorgan

Another Aberdeenshire Sunset..

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Two Hundred Thousand

Two Hundred Thousand

Two Hundred Thousands views. At the moment I've around 2,300 photographs on Flickr - 1311 of those are hill-related. However, in my top twenty most viewed photographs, there are only 3 hill photos - the first of which appears at #8 in the list. (and perversely, two of them are of the same summit!)

Almost 15% of those 200,000 views have come from two photographs. Number #2 on the list (8,255 views) is this one. Looking at the stats, nearly all views come from Google and Google Images. The most popluar photo (18,029 views) is this one. This photograph has made it into a blog posting which seems to be permanently doing the rounds in a variety of formats. Here's an example of one version.

For the record, the hill photos that have made it into the top twenty are this one, this one, and this one.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Coiliochbhar Hill

Little and Large
Evening sun from lower slopes of Coiliochbhar Hill.

Exploiting a weather window...

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Progress II

Google Maps are Go! My Munro Map is now fully functional.

Here's the deal - Blue's are climbed, Red are unclimbed. Click on a hill for hill info. Blue hill info also contains a link to the corresponding set of my photos on Flickr. It also contains a link to a Route Report blog post if I've gotten round to writing one yet..

Click on the image above or choose 'The Munros' tab at the top of the blog. Or click here.

Wait, there's more...

There's a full-screen version of the map. It hides here.
There's also a mobile version of the map (and indeed the whole blog) here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Despite still having problems getting Google Maps to play nice, I've managed to wrangle my Munro checklist from Google Docs and into the blog. It's got its very own page, right here.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Garmin Support

What do you do when your 5 year old Garmin Venture GPS unit which has been going strong even with a smashed screen eventually packs in?

You send it back to Garmin along with £44 for their repair service and they send you a brand new Venture HC unit! Great customer service, and I'll be sticking with them in the future...