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29 August 2022

  • Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge with Isla
Another visit to Stanage Edge to admire the might Stanage Pole.

18 April 2022

  • Nether Red Brook, Kinder Scout

Nether Red Brook, Kinder Scout
Another enjoyable day out scrambling with my daughter Isla


19 July 2021

  • Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge with my Mum
A sunny walk up Stanage Edge, near Hathersage, in the Peak District.

27 June 2021

  • Raven Stones, Saddleworth Moor

Scrambling with Isla on Saddleworth Moor
Further Dad and Daughter time in the hills.

25 April 2021

  • Pen-y-Ghent (694m)

Pen-y-ghent With a Daughter
A lovely spring Sunday walk up Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales with mydaughter Isla (her first hike up a proper hill). It was most liberating to get out into the hills after so many months stuck athome or staying local due to the coronavirus pandemic.


30 May 2018

  • Sgurr a’Chaorachain (792m)

Scotland With A Son – Into The Highlands With My 10 Year Old
Twenty Years after bagging my first Munro, I headed back to The Highlands of Scotland in the company of my eldest Son, Benjamin. Here’s what we got up to.

27 May 2018

  • Ben A’an (454m)


02 June 2007

  • Ben More (Mull) (916m)

Paulo’s Last Munro Photos
I’ve finally gotten round to processing and uploading photos from Paulo’s LastMunro weekend [/hebrides-bound-but-can-i-still-rough-it/]. The weather on BenMore was truly appalling, so the majority of the images were, unsurprisingly,taken within the cosy confines of the Craignure Inn[…

Hebrides Bound – But Can I Still Rough It?
This weekend I’m taking a couple of much-deserved days off work and heading to Mull [] with the intention of ploddingup Ben More […


04 April 2004

  • Maol Chean-dearg (933m)

31 January 2004

  • Geal Charn (917m)
  • A’Mharconaich (975m)
  • Beinn Udlamain (1011m)
  • Sgairneach Mhor (991m)

The Drumochter Four
Remind me again why I do this kind of thing in January? Thanks to Alex for the companionship on this greyest of days.


27 May 2003

Beinn Alligin:

  • (Tom na Gruagaich) (922m)
  • Sgurr Mhor (986m)

Beinn Alligin
In which I pop my Torridonian cherry.

25 May 2003

  • Moruisg (928m)
  • Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (915m)

A Couple of Glen Carron Hills
Two of the hills that rise above Glen Carron. * Moruisg (928m / 3045ft) * Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (915m / 3002ft)


26 August 2002

The Ring of Steall, Mamores:

  • Sgurr a’Mhaim (1099m)
  • Am Bodach (1032m)
  • Stob Coire a’Charn (981m)
  • An Gearanach (982m)

The Ring of Steall, Mamores
A superlative day in the hills with Richard, Melanie, Hugh and Harriet. A cloudy start at low heights, but as we ascended higher we broke through acloud inversion, being presented with stunning blue skies and incredible viewsacross to Ben Nevis and the Carn Mor Dearg arete.

25 August 2002

Beinn a’Bheithir:

  • Sgorr Dhearg (1024m)
  • Sgorr Dhonuill (1001m)

Beinn a’Bheithir
A great day bagging the two Munros that make up Beinn a’Bheithir – Sgorr Dheargh(1024m) and Sgorr Dhonuill (1001m)

23 August 2002

Buachaille Etive Beag:

  • Stob Dubh (958m)
  • Stob Coire Raineach (925m)

Buachaille Etive Beag
The little sibling to Buachaille Etive Mor [/buachaille-etive-mor/].

08 June 2002

  • Ben More Coigach (743m)
  • Sgurr an Fhidleir (705m)

Ben More Coigach
A couple of fine Grahams bagged on a short, steep lunchtime walk. Ben More Coigach (743m) Sgurr an Fhidleir (705m)

04 June 2002

  • Beinn Bhrotain (1157m)
  • Monadh Mor (1113m)

03 June 2002

  • Braeriach (1296m)
  • The Devil’s Point (Bod an Deamhain) (1004m)
  • Cairn Toul (1291m)
  • Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1258m)

Four Big Cairngorms
Four big ones in the bag, thanks to an overnight stay at Corrour Bothy: * Braeriach (1296m) * The Devil’s Point (Bod an Deamhain) (1004m) * Cairn Toul (1291m) * Sgor an Lochain Uaine (1258m) It was at some point on this day that my Nokia 5510, won during last year’s Nokia Game […

03 March 2002

  • Saileag (956m)


22 September 2001

  • Carn Mor Dearg (1220m)
  • Ben Nevis (1344m)

Ben Nevis
On which I bagged the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis (1344m), via the curvaceousCarn Mor Dearg arête.

25 August 2001

  • Meall Garbh (1118m)
  • An Stuc (1118m)
  • Ben Lawers (1214m)
  • Beinn Ghlas (1103m)
  • Meall Corranaich (1069m)
  • Meall a’Choire Leith (926m)

24 April 2001

  • Bla Bheinn (Blaven) (928m)

Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
The Foot and Mouth outbreak fortunately did not prevent us from having a fineday bagging Bla Bheinn on the Isle of Skye.

22 April 2001

  • Sgorr Ruadh (962m)
  • Beinn Liath Mhor (926m)

Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor
Another great day on snow-kissed hills.


25 November 2000

Aonach Beag (1234m)

Aonach Beag
On which we summitted the seventh-highest mountain in Scotland, the 1234m AonachBeag. Plans to continue across to neighbouring Aonach Mor had to be abandoneddue to poor visibility.

04 July 2000

  • Sgurr Ban (989m)
  • Beinn a’Chlaidheimh (916m)

The Fisherfield Forest
A couple of days in the wonderfully remote Fisherfield Forest, staying at thedelightful Shenavall Bothy.

02 July 2000

  • Crib Goch (923m)
  • Snowdon (1085m)

Snowdon via Crib Goch
Similarly to my traverse of the Aonach Eagach ridge last year[/the-aonach-eagach-ridge/], the scale of the perilous drops aside me werehidden by cloud.

29 April 2000

  • Beinn Bheoil (1019m)
  • Ben Alder (1148m)

Ben Alder
May Day weekend 2000. A late dash to Scotland after work on the Friday. A longand dark post-midnight walk to the Ben Alder cottage bothy. A cracking day inthe hills on the Saturday, begging Beinn Bheoil (1019m) and Ben Alder (1148m) aspart of The Great Scottish Climb charity event.

01 April 2000

  • Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge
Messing about on Stanage Edge, near Hathersage.

15 March 2000

  • Cona’ Mheall (978m)

Cona’ Mheall
Cona’ Mheall (978m) Another long walk in and only a single munro bagged, in the mist and rain. Yuk!

13 March 2000

  • Ben Hope (927m)


20 November 1999

  • Beinn a’Chleibh (916m)
  • Ben Lui (1130m)

Ben Lui
On which we climbed Beinn a’Chleibh (916m) and Ben Lui (1130m).

04 September 1999

Aonach Eagach Ridge:

  • Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (967m)
  • Meall Dearg (953m)

The Aonach Eagach Ridge
A misty day scrambling along the Aonach Eagach ridge.

02 September 1999

  • Beinn Teallach (915m)
  • Beinn a’Chaorainn (1049m)

01 September 1999

  • Meall Chuaich (951m)

31 August 1999

  • Broad Cairn (998m)
  • Cairn Bannoch (1012m)
  • Carn an t-Sagart Mor (1047m)
  • Carn a’Choire Boidheach (White Mouth) (1110m)
  • Lochnagar (Cac Carn Beag) (1155m)

29 August 1999

  • Cairn of Claise (1064m)
  • Carn an Tuirc (1019m)

28 August 1999

  • Ben Chonzie (931m)

26 June 1999

  • Bidean nam Bian (1150m)
  • Stob Coire Sgreamhach (1072m)

Bruce’s Last Munro
Bidean nam Bian (1150m) Stob Coire Sgreamhach (1072m) Bruce’s last Munro.

01 June 1999

  • Beinn Eunaich (989m)
  • Beinn a’Chochuill (980m)

31 May 1999

  • Meall Ghordie (1039m)

30 May 1999

  • Carn Gorm (1029m)
  • Meall Garbh (968m)
  • Carn Mairg (1041m)
  • Meall nan Aighean (Creag Mhor) (981m)

The Glen Lyon Four
A hot spring day taking in a circuitous route around the Glen Lyon four. * Carn Gorm (1029m) * Meall Garbh (968m) * Carn Mairg (1041m) * Meall nan Aighean (Creag Mhor) (981m)

29 May 1999

  • Meall nan Tarmachan (1044m)

The Tarmachan Ridge
29 May 1999 Meall nan Tarmachan, 1044m / 3425ft

23 April 1999

  • Stac Pollaidh (612m)

“You seem to be going awfully fast,” said the perspiring southern lady on thefootpath to Stac Pollaidh, “would you pull me up?” I smiled politely, but in reality I was both shocked and pleased to haverealised that over the course of the week, my mental and physical fitness had increased, and her…

21 April 1999

  • Beinn Dearg (1084m)
  • Cona’ Mheall (978m)

No Such Deviations
I first wandered up the long track toward Beinn Dearg a year ago, when Daffyinsisted we leave it at an early stage and clamber up through snow-coveredheather onto a large rounded ridge which seemed to go on forever before finallynearing the summit of Eididh nan Clach Geala. Fortunately no such d…

19 April 1999

  • Conival (987m)
  • Ben More Assynt (998m)

Soggy Foothills
Updates on a few days in the far north. Ben Wyvis, Conival and Ben More Assynt.

18 April 1999

  • Ben Wyvis (Glas Leathad Mor) (1046m)

17 April 1999

  • Gulvain (987m)

Vast Solid Pillar
In which a lengthy trudge is undertaken up the “shy” hill Gulvain.

27 March 1999

Buachaille Etive Mor:

  • Stob Dearg (1021m)
  • Stob na Doire (1011m)
  • Stob Coire Altruim (941m)
  • Stob na Broige (956m)

Buachaille Etive Mor
One of my favourite days in the hills ever.


31 October 1998

  • Beinn a’Chroin (940m)
  • An Caisteal (99

Drunkenness and Debauchery in Rural Scotland
In which larks are had in Killin.

02 October 1998

  • Beinn Dorain (1076m)
  • Beinn an Dothaidh (1004m)

Bridge Of Orchy
More rain. So we sped over to the western highlands and bagged a couple of munros near Bridge of Orchy.

30 September 1998

  • Beinn a’Chaorainn (1083m)
  • Beinn Bhreac (931m)

The Transitional Nineties
On which it rained a lot. Lots of walking across boggy marshy stuff sprinkled with deer and sheep crap. Another metaphor for life, then.

29 September 1998

  • Carn a’Mhaim  (1037m)
  • Ben Macdui (1309m)

A Night Under The Stars
In which we are benighted near Ben Macdui.

28 September 1998

  • Carn Aosda (917m)
  • The Cairnwell (933m)
  • Carn a’Gheoidh (975m)

The Cairnwell
In which I do something silly on a hill.

25 July 1998

  • Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin (1105m)
  • Stob Coire Easain (1115m)

Starspotting In The Highlands
Sitting in Richard’s Volvo with Bruce, on the forecourt of an Esso station inFort William: “Shit, Nel, look who it is!” “What, where?” “That old guy walking away from the Toyota – it looks like… no, it actuallyis…” “Wow, it can’t be!?” “It IS! It’s him! Shit, it’s…” “Jimmy Saville!!!…

24 July 1998

  • Schiehallion (1083m)

Notes and photographs from my ascension of Schiehallion with two friends on a fine summer’s evening.

11 April 1998

  • Eididh nan Clach Geala (927m)

Eididh nan Clach Geala
My second Munro. Lots of fun in the snow.

10 April 1998

  • Meall a’Chrasgaidh (934m)

Meall a’Chrasgaidh
While the Good Friday Agreement was being signed in Belfast, I was reluctantly plodding up my first ever Munro, the dreary featureless lump that is Meall a’Chrasgaidh.

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