Saturday 2 March 2019

What I've Been Reading Online Recently No. 3

Torridon, late February

Here's the third instalment of pieces I've been reading online that I find interesting. This covers the last three weeks.


There are no rules, says mountain bagger extraordinaire Anne Butler

Anne Butler, who has climbed all the Munros (five times), Munro Tops, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds and Furths (mountains over 3,000' in England, Wales and Ireland), discusses the 'rules' for peak bagging. 

The way we were: 50 years of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk

Clive Darley tells the story of this popular and excellent walk in the Yorkshire Dales, which I did back in the 1980s.

Up North Loop: Brand Ambassadors Complete Over 2,600 Miles On New Trail

Two hikers describe a new circular route in the NW USA linking the Idaho Centennial Trail, Oregon Desert Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Pacific Northwest Trail. Sounds wonderful!

Equipment For Ski Touring Adventures In Norway

Paul Kirtley describes the gear needed for ski touring in remote areas. Detailed and good advice.

In Britain, Enraptured by the Wild, Lonely and Remote

Stephen Hiltner explores bothies and bothy culture.

Achadh nan Seileach

A moving refelctive piece by David Lintern about the effects of a trip where someone else disappeared in the same area.

The legal issues with the camping byelaws as they come into effect again today

March 1st sees the controversial anti-camping byelaws in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park come into effect again until the autumn. Nick Kempe discusses what's wrong and what should happen.

Trek back in time 'to the real Nepal'

Kevin Rushby takes a remote hike to a little-visited part of Nepal.

The Social Instinct

James Poulter praises mountain rescue teams and shows how they exemplify what Russian anarchist and geographer called 'mutual aid'. 

Rain sweeps across Loch Maree and the regenerating forest of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve this February


Magical, Wild, Beautiful Glen Etive - A National Treasure

The future of Glen Etive is in the balance due to the threat of hydro developments. Photographer Michael Stirling-Aird describes its magnificence in words and pictures.

The Long Walk-in

Cameron McNeish considers what could be the future of Cairn Gorm and the ski resort and funicular railway if it was allowed to return to nature.

Adam Watson Obituary

Scotland is poorer for the passing of Dr. Adam Watson but his wonderful writing lives on

Two excellent pieces on the late ecologist, conervationist and mountaineer Adam Watson by Des Thompson and Roger Cox.

Conservation in the 21st Century

Cairngorms National Park CEO Grant Moir considers what conservation means in a time of climate change.

How the Grand Canyon changed from a 'Valueless' Place to a National Park

Grand Canyon National Park was 100 years old in February. Stephen Pyne tells its story.

What is Rewilding?

A look at what 'rewilding' means to different people and in different contexts. Thought-provoking.

Five maps that reveal the world's remaining wilderness

Steve Carver looks at the maps that show wilderness and what they mean.

Winter reflection, a barn owl, fallen from the skies 

In a lovely piece of writing novelist Melissa Harrison contemplates winter mortality

Winds of Change

Farmer and conservationist Derek Gow looks at farming traditions and possible future.

We're conservation scientists - here's why we haven't lost hope for the future

Two scientists explain why they are optimistic about nature in Europe.

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

Damian Carrington looks at analysis that shows insects are disappearing.

'The devastation of human life is in view': what a burning world tells us about climate change 

David Wallace-Wells looks at the effects of climate change now in the future. Potentially devastating but he's optimistic.

America colonisation 'cooled Earth's climate'

A disturbing study shows that the massive reduction in the native population of America after Europeans arrived led to farmed land reverting to forest and reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere.



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