Where are you on the thaw see-saw?

The mid-January fortnight of serious thaw has affected various outdoor-recreation groups in radically different ways. The winter climbers came close to dismay, fearful of...

September sunshine and some funny looks – snow-patch skiing on Cairn Gorm

There was a brief dusting of fresh snow on various of the higher Highland peaks last week. Nothing unusual for late September, and it...

ENDURO MOUNTAIN BIKING IN HIGHLAND PERTHSHIRE

Highland Perthshire Cycling has announced details of the first mountain bike enduro as part of this year's Cycling Festival programme which runs from the...

Halfway point for record Munro round

“He is definitely having an easy day.” So said a text message from John Clemens on Wednesday morning, as I arranged a time to...

Snowdon gets the Olympic torch – so why not Ben Nevis?

Yesterday saw the Olympic torch taken up Snowdon, the highest hill in Wales, and held aloft on the summit by Sir Chris Bonington, mountaineer...

Winter's red deer deaths may balance population

Over the coming weeks and months, as the deepest Highland snowfields seen for decades steadily recede, there will be some sad sights in the...

In world of chess Vishy government remains undefeated

In a curious coincidence, 11 May 2010 was decision day in not just one great leadership battle, but two. Just a couple of hours...

Six views on the extension of the Cairngorms National Park

The south-western extension of the Cairngorms National Park has now come into force. The original park boundary was established in 2000, with the southern...

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...

Recent lightning strikes not bolts from blue

There was some interesting weather in the second half of last week. On Wednesday 26 May, in the western Lake District, four hillwalkers in...