Saturday 8 August 2020

What I've Been Reading Online No. 23

Strathspey, August 8


A month has flown by since I last posted links to online reading I’ve enjoyed. Where has the time gone? Wherever that is I’ve now enough links for two pieces. This one covers outdoor activities. Unsurprisingly there have been many articles on the recent and ongoing spate of damaging camping and I’ve grouped these together.



Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc backwards

Jonathan Williams of Cicerone describes walking the Tour du Mont Blanc clockwise.

Battle of Glen Tilt was just the start of fight for access rights as ScotWays marks 175th anniversary

John Davidson tells the story of the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (ScotWays) and looks at why it’s still needed.

A Homecoming

Lucy Wallace has an emotional post-lockdown return to the hills of Arran.

Out on a limb

Thought-provoking stream of consciousness piece from rock climber Nick Bullock.

Climbing the Corbetts – Harder than the Munros?

Dan Bailey talks to three  walkers who’ve completed the Corbetts.

Quarandreaming the Cairngorms

David Lintern takes a first post-lockdown overnight trip to his local hills, the Cairngorms.

Hidden Helvellyn

David Lintern visits Helvellyn with John Muir Trust land manager Pete Barron.

The Big Six

An entertaining run round the six highest Cairngorm hills with Ally Beavan. Whoever would have thought Star Trek’s Captain Kirk could be linked with Ben Avon?

Trio complete tough Mullardoch Munro round – and raise funds for MRT

Fiona Outdoors talks to three hillwalkers about their walk over the 12 Munros around Loch Mullardoch in aid of the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team.

Why I Still Carry an External-Frame Pack

External-frame packs still have a place says M.John Fayhee.

The Asian hiking group blazing a trail through Scotland's peaks

Nazia Parveen joins the Boots and Beards group of Asian Glaswegians for a wet walk.

Adrian Trendall of All Things Cuillin

Fiona Outdoors interviews mountain guide Adrian Trendall, who has just written a new guide book to the Cuillin.

What is a Colby Camp? Early days of Ordnance Survey. A bit of information.

There are ruins of stone huts high on some Scottish mountains. Heavy Whalley tells us what they are.

Trail Runners Vs Hiking Boots: A 30 Year Perspective

Cam “Swami” Honan on why he prefers trail running shoes to boots. A piece after my own heart! (And I get a mention).

Wherefore What3Words

Sally Seed and Judy Whiteside of Mountain Rescue England and Wales look at navigation and the advantages and disadvantages of what2words.

Navigating the grief of a lost Pacific Crest Trail thru hike..

A moving piece by Sally Phillips on coping with having to give up a long-planned PCT thru-hike.


All I left behind after my first post-lockdown camp



Lockdown Rubbish – A Crisis Or An Opportunity?

How should we encourage those new to the outdoors post-lockdown? Matt Heason has some good ideas.

Counting the cost of campfires to the countryside

Countryside ranger Ben Dolphin looks at the problems of campfires.

Free camping vs. wild camping

Mountain Guide Mike Pescod suggests some positive ways to reduce inappropriate informal camping.

Education and infrastructure key to nurturing responsible access

John Muir Trust Engagement Officer Ross Brannigan shares his thoughts on responsible access and the infrastructure needed.

Wild camping: changing the name won’t change the bad behaviour

Empathy and inclusivity are needed to deal with the camping problems says Alex Roddie.

Exploring wild Scotland, or making Scots wild owing to inappropriate access? The right to roam in a summer of staycations

Malcolm Combe, the Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Strathclyde considers the legal landscape and the current controversies.

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