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The freezing spring

Saturday May 11, 2019

An Stac, Isle of Skye

The Misty Isle is feeling the effects of climate change I think, with practically no rain for the last six weeks, freezing north easterlies and to top it all, snow down to 400m a couple of days ago. It’s unusual to get snow down that low even in winter and it’s mid May. Where is the warmth of spring?

Travels with Fatty

Friday Apr 26, 2019

Harris Bay and the mausoleum

Not a signal, not a sound, not a person save the unceasing roar of the sea.

Stravaiger films

Sunday Apr 21, 2019

I took a notion to ride the fatty down Glen Sligachan recently as the weather has been bone dry for a couple of weeks and the track would be less of a bog. I also took the notion of making a short film of the trip but it ended up being more of a philosophical insight into why I go to these places.

The quiet wilds of Skye

Thursday Jan 24, 2019

The Storr from the south

With the winter starting at last as a cold blast came down from the north west and draped a white sheet over the mountains, we headed up the potholed main road, past the emerging crash blackspot at the Sligachan junction, through the quiet streets of Portree to a small car park just north of Loch Fada, our goal a bimble along the southern part of the Trotternish ridge to The Storr.

First hill of the year

Wednesday Jan 2, 2019

Winter sunrise over Blaven on the Isle of Skye

With a huge dollop of high pressure hanging over the highlands, the cloudless cold and clear sky could not be ignored and the three of us, myself, Mrs. S and Dr. A.H.B Man (more anon) left in a hurry bound for Banrigh an Eilein Sgiathanaich, Bla Bheinn, Queen of the Winged Isle.

A bit of a hoot

Wednesday Nov 28, 2018

Dun Caan, Isle of Raasay

The other weekend I headed across the water, with my lovely wife, to the wonderful island of Raasay for an ascent of Dùn Caan, the flat topped highest point where Johnson and Boswell danced a jig in 1773. I also brought an old friend.

Snow Stac

Sunday Oct 28, 2018

Sgurr nan Each and Belig

I really should have been bivvying on the hill last night. A night of long moon and washed out starlight glinting on the Cuillin snow fields. This morning was stunningly clear and cold with snow patches lingering in the garden as we headed round to the Blaven car park for a bimble up An Stac.

New Skye snow

Saturday Oct 27, 2018

New snow on Blaven and Clach Glas, Isle of Skye

I went to bed with the rattle of hail on the lum and the fast swish of storm driven snow on the roof, to awaken on Saturday morning to a bright and fresh world of newly lain white.

Sandwood

Saturday Sep 15, 2018

A stormy Sandwood Bay

The first reports of snow in the Cairngorms were coming through shortly before I set off up the north west coast with Penguin, heading for Sandwood Bay and the bothy at Strathchailleach for a midweek visit. We’d decided to leave it until later in the year to avoid the hell of social media zombies moving from site to site in search of likes and shares.

The twa' cairns

Sunday Jul 8, 2018

Braeriach from Cairn Lochan

A restful night at Glenmore Lodge on Tuesday after my day on Bynack Mòr saw me woken at 7 am on Wednesday morning by a chainsaw in the woods next door, so I popped down for a hearty breakfast consisting of an overflowing bowl of freshly made porridge, washed down with a mug of coffee and an orange juice and I was ready for the hill.

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