Time to reclaim the balaclava from the paramilitaries

Where have all the balaclavas gone? Back in the 1970s, sledging without a balaclava was almost unheard of. I must admit, I had a red...

Joining the mounting numbers taking up riding

By Elizabeth McQuillan Olympia this is not. Puissance this is not. But it does involve a horse and rider hurtling towards jumps, with...

Spiky lessons for us all from Adam Potter’s 300-metre plunge

Want more pieces on hillwalking and climbing? Consider donating to The Caledonian Mercury The prevailing response to the story of Adam Potter – the 36-year-old...

Hawk on the wild side proves a grand day out

A visit to Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park, just west of Stirling, is one of the better Scottish days out. It’s not pricey...

Walking poles vs crampons: Round 2

Following on from Walking poles pointless compared to crampons, I should pick up on various of the crampon-related comments – for which many thanks,...

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Isabelle…

Last month, an account of a day spent pottering about in the Peak District led to some interesting discussion in the comments about whether...

Why William Hague would have been better off camping

Amid all the discussion of the William Hague/Christopher Myers/twin beds story, only Stephen McGinty, in the Scotsman, appears to have touched on how utterly...

Why bike theft is more than just tea and biscuits

As part of the current push towards cost-cutting in public life, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Louise Casey, this week suggested that...

High-flying approach to dropping in for lunch

By Elizabeth McQuillan Flying has never been a problem to me, but on approaching the seaplane and considering its conservative proportions, I’ll confess to a...

Reason not the kneed as dancing injury hits hard

By Lesley Riddoch Knees. You don’t know you’ve got them till they’re gone. So thank goodness they come in pairs. This all started at an energetic...