Review: 3 years with the Fjern Orkan waterproof Jacket

December 27, 2022  •  5 Comments
I've had the Fjern Orkan jacket for three years and I use it all the time for my evening walks in the Ochil Hills I'm a pretty easy-going bloke, so I am maybe not the best person to split hairs over the merits of different items of waterproof clothing. I do however consider myself as being able to give my opinion of the Fjern Orkan waterproof jack...
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Climbing Stob Binnein

November 12, 2020  •  4 Comments
I keep climbing Stob Binnein for some reason - I must enjoy it! My encounters with Stob Binnein started a few years ago. I remember a friend telling me that Ben More was "a slog", so I thought I'd try and climb them both from the South, following the route to Stob Binnein and then onto Ben More and back again... When I parked my car, I looked up...
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Ochil Hills clip compilation

October 10, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
I'm very lucky to live at the foot of the Ochils Hills. As a result, I've been doing an awful lot of walking about them, carrying just my phone and snatching the odd photo or video clip as I go. This short video compilation was inspired by the music Limitless and hearing that made me decide to put a few of those Ochil clips together.
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Barra Beach Landing

March 23, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
I don't have a bucket list, but flying to Barra and landing on the beach is something that I've always fancied. In early March 2020, just as the spectre of the global pandemic was looming for the UK, I got to fly to and land on the beach at Barra. The weather was awful and we (my friend Sarah and I) both agreed that it certainly added to and enhan...
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Mount Keen

January 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Mount Keen is one of the easiest Munros that I've climbed, you can basically cycle to the top. It might be easy, but it was no less enjoyable on a bright sunny day. My friend June had selected this hill and it hadn't been on my radar, but walking it in early September was a treat as the heather was still in flower. We parked at Auchronie afte...
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The Fisherfield Munros

October 06, 2019  •  4 Comments
The three of us had set out to climb the Fisherfield six, as it turned out, two of us climbed the Fisherfield three. Bob, Andy and I had set off one fine Friday morning in August for the 4-hour drive to park just north of Kinlochewe. The outward trip always goes quickly and by 1 pm, we'd parked up in the carpark to walk the nine or so kilometres...
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A visit to Highgate Cemetery

July 17, 2019  •  6 Comments
I'm not usually one to visit cities, but sometimes needs must. The weather in London was so warm I went for a walk and I'm glad that I did. Working in London for a few days, I had time to kill at night so decided to go for a walk around the Highgate area. This is a nice characterful part of London and in the beautiful summer evening, it was a plea...
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Climbing Ben Lawers

June 18, 2019  •  4 Comments
I arrived at the Ben Lawers Car Park and started walking at 2 pm. At this time of year, there's plenty of time to walk as it is light until after 10 pm and even later if there's no cloud, so I wasn't rushing. Everyone else, however, had different ideas and as I walked the approach path, I passed dozens of people going in the opposite direction. Th...
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Humdrum but fun

May 31, 2019  •  2 Comments
I've been kind of busy in May so haven't been out on any big adventures in the landscape. I've been on one adventure for a few days to Prague, which was lovely and amazing, but I didn't take that many pictures, although I should have. I've also been camping with Andy which is always enjoyable, but only to our usual spot in Devilla forest where A...
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Exploring Wood Hill

May 11, 2019  •  3 Comments
Until the age of seven, I lived in a wee cottage in the Highlands of Scotland. The house bordered woodlands, hills and a big pond and these surrounding features were there for me to explore at my leisure. It was fantastic, I climbed cliffs and trees and generally had a ball. I received an “Action Man” adventure kit for my Christmas around the age o...
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A Cairngorm Adventure

April 28, 2019  •  4 Comments
I set off for an Easter weekend with my mates Andy and Bob from the Linn of Dee car park with the loose objective of hanging around in the Cairngorms (I like vague missions). We’d arrived early on Saturday afternoon and a couple of hours later had found ourselves camping beside the river in Glen Derry. It was boiling hot by Cairngorms standards...
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Overnight camp on Ben Shee

April 14, 2019  •  3 Comments
I have looked upon Ben Shee in the Ochil Hills many a time from other hills, but I've never made it there. I've always wondered what the view down Glen Eagles would be like - it might be good! So Saturday afternoon I set off from Dollar, past Castle Campbell and up the Glen of Sorrow, which despite the name is a joy to visit with its rough paths a...
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Middlethird Wood

March 29, 2019  •  6 Comments
There's nothing worse than going somewhere to find that it no longer exists, well that was nearly the case when I revisited Middlethird Wood. I'd told Andy that Middlethird wood was great and I'd described the unusual trees and atmosphere to him. We made the effort of walking there heavily laden to camp for the night. You can imagine my horror whe...
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Cairngorms Wild Camp

March 12, 2019  •  2 Comments
As I’d previously posted, I had solo camped beside Loch an Eileen a couple of weeks before and had decided to return with Andy to explore further. We parked at the lochan Eileen car park (they charge here for parking) and after walking to the south of the Loch I took Andy to the lochside spot I had the spent the night a couple of weeks earlier. W...
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New video

March 01, 2019  •  3 Comments
I've been busy making a new video. I'm on a big learning curve with video, what with the planning, taking a decent bit of video that's in focus, is straight, is not shaky and pans at a useful speed. I then have to edit it and stick it together so it's watchable. This is not something that is easy and I'll stick with using my phone until I feel that...
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