Wednesday 30 January 2019

What I've Been Reading Online Recently No. 2

The snow returns. Strathspey. January 27.

Here's the second instalment of interesting pieces I've been reading online. This covers the last two weeks.


The winter Cape Wrath Trail gear list 

Nest month Alex Roddie sets out to walk the Cape Wrath Trail. Here he lists the gear he'll be using and his thinking behind his choices.

How to go Munro bagging by train

Fiona Outdoors describes some excellent Munro walks that can be accessed by train.

What is a thru-hike?

Paul Mags looks at possible definitions of thru-hiking.

The CDT Gear Guide: Class of 2018 Survey

A detailed look at the gear used by Continental Divide Trail hikers last year. It's very different from the stuff I used in 1985 when I hiked this magnificent route.

How Does The Insulation In A Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Work?

Philip Werner explains how these air mattresses keep you warm.

How Scotland can create a network of world-class walking routes 

Some ideas from Scottish Wildlife Trust chief executive Jonny Hughes

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Uberlite sleeping pad review

Comprehensive review and test report of this astonishingly light new sleeping mat by Andrew Marshall.


Trust pays tribute to legendary mountain ecologist Adam Watson

Adam Watson: an appreciation

The sad death of mountaineer, conservationist and Cairngorms expert Adam Waston is marked in these tributes from The John Muir Trust and Cairngormswanderer.

Insect collapse: "We are destroying our life support systems"

Disturbing piece about the disappearance of insects

It's time to make space for nature

Jonny Hughes of the Scottish Wildlife Trust worries about the homogenization of nature

What is a wildcat?

Dr Andrew Kitchener of Scottish Wildcat Action looks at the different types of wildcats

Is wilderness our home?

Thought-provoking essay on the dangers of idealising wilderness

Oceans Are Warming Faster Than Expected

Worrying climate change report

Evolution is Not the Cause of Selfish Capitalism

Douglas Rushkoff says nature is a collaborative act


  1. Some good reads here this week!

  2. Good range of stuff here. I'm really concerned about the collapse of our insect populations. I think 75% of global food crops depend on insect pollination. This is serious! Also, a great review of the Thermarest Uberlight. I'd consider this with a torso length Z Light foam pad and sit mat for winter use. I've had two Neo Air X Lite pads and both failed.