At the end of October 2019, five days were spent backpacking alone through the Cairngorms covering just shy of 60 miles and climbing around 11000ft, the change of the seasons apparent in the sharp drop in temperature and the nights drawing in early. Writing this now in week 6 or 7 (difficult to tell) of a […]Read more "Cairngorms, Autumn 2019"
A few photos from a a bitterly cold day and night around Cnicht and the Moelwyns, it was easy enough to lose the sparse crowds that had shuffled up to the summit on a frozen November weekend and explore the scattered high tarns that populate the landscape to the north. Regrettably it was also the […]Read more "A night on Cnicht"
The Sgùrr of Eigg was created some 58 millions years ago following the eruption of a large volcano that had formed on the neighbouring Isle of Rùm. Lava flowed from one of the volcano’s final eruptions and settled into the hollow of a well established river bed and filled it in before hardening into a […]Read more "Big Adventures in the Small Isles"
Last week the young ‘un and I finished our own round of the three Yorkshire Peaks with a breezy stomp to the top of Whernside. We felt the first cold winds of Autumn and descended back to Chapel Le Dale against an ethereal light in the late afternoon. The record for the 3 peaks fell […]Read more "three"
The last visit to the small island of Rùm was about eight years ago with James and also Pete who was writing a guide book for the small isles. For most of our stay, the island was smothered in mist with driving rain and strong winds, we stuck to the coastline and made good use […]Read more "The Tropic of Rùm, May 2018"
A few photos from a recce of the Edale Skyline Fell Race I did on my birthday earlier this year, not everyone’s choice for a birthday treat. I knew the route well but this year it was being run anti-clockwise and there were a few sections I was a bit more hazy on. Heavy snow had […]Read more "Edale Skyline 2018"
Just a quick overnighter as Winter was on the way in, setting out from Ravenstonedale at the end of November, it was a bright day with very strong northerly winds adding a sharp chill to the air. I’d forgotten how steep the Howgills are, relentlessly so. Coming off the south slope of Randygill Knott I […]Read more "Howgills : November 2017"
A few photos from our recce runs in preparation for the first AL race of the year. The Trigger takes place in mid January starting in Marsden in West Yorkshire and finishing in Edale in the Dark Peak. The route is made up of seven checkpoints along the way with no set route, as the […]Read more "The Trigger 2018: Marsden to Edale Fell Race"
At the end of February I spent four days backpacking around the Monadhliath Mountains, the walk finished up just in time to miss the the heavy snow and sub zero temperatures which affected the entire UK. In fact if I’d attempted to drive back home just a few hours later from Kingussie to the Midlands […]Read more "Winter in The Monadhliath"
The temperatures may well have plummeted back towards zero for the first week of April but last weekend showed some promise of brighter and warmer days to come. Saturday was a perfect day to head out and recce the first two legs of the Bob Graham round. Stuart gearing up for another pop at the […]Read more "Bob Graham: Legs 1/2"