Trespass Blog Awards 2014

Trespass blogawards 2014

Trespass Blog Awards 2014

It was certainly a surprise when it dropped into my inbox today. This blog has been chosen to be included in the hiking/walking shortlist from the Trespass Blog Awards 2014.

I’m among some very esteemed company and I have to say I’m very happy, proud and over whelmed to be included in a list with folks like Petesy, James, Alan, Keith, Phil, Alastair and others. It’s like a who’s who of my RSS feed.

Voting is from today, December 15th 2014 until Monday 5th of January 2015 with the winners from each category being announced on the 7th of January 2015. The winner in each section will receive a prize after the announcement from Trespass. If you want vote to then head over to http://www.trespass.com/blog-awards-voting.

As I’ve said I’m in the hiking/walking category. It would be great if you voted for me and I would be over the moon that you did but feel free to vote for whichever nominee you want. Like I said I’m just happy to be included on shortlist of great blogs and ones I enjoy reading myself.

Thanks for reading.

3 Trips Thursday #17

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3 Trips Thursday

Well the snows have definitely arrived. Even to deepest darkest Lanarkshire. The magnificent bump that is Tinto hill has had it’s winter coat on for a few days. You only have to look to at the webcams to see how the snow has fallen elsewhere. A right winter wonderland. Stick another log on the fire and top up your glass of mulled wine and delve into this weeks trips.

The Links

  1. We can’t talk about winter unless we include the Cairngorms. This one includes a long traipse around the plateau, some frozen tents and the the local wildlife. Frozen Tents and Ptarmingans, A backpack around the Cairngorms. 
  2. Fair enough that this one doesn’t have any snow in it but BenLawers in the winter is an excellent walk. Plus I was amazed last week standing on my wee local hill watching the sunset and the moon rise, I could actually see Ben Lawers! I hadn’t notice that before. Ben Lawers or the clouds lie below Coire nan cat.

  3. We started with some snow and we shall end with some snow. The wilds of Torridon and it’s epic views all sprinkled with the lovely white stuff. Torridon Diary – Day 1: First Snowy walk of the year.

I hope that all that snow didn’t make you feel too cold or send a shiver up your spine. As usual leave a comment in the boxes below.

Thanks for reading.

3 Trips Thursday #16

Last of Merrick's snow 3 Trips Thursday

3 Trips Thursday

This week we have a change of plans on Skye, a real good overnight wild camp and an autumn trip to Tenerife. Plenty to get you inspired this week.

The Links

  1. Nick owner of the brilliant The Mountain’s Silhouette goes for an overnight backpacking trip around the Beinn Dearg Munros and the remote Munro of Seana Bhraigh with a wild camp thrown in for good measure. Inverlael Overnighter.
  2. Chris Highcock posts some excellent photographs from a recent trip to Tenerife. You don’t have to spend all day lounging at the beach. Plenty of nice walks to go on. Tenerife October 2014.

  3. Sometimes having to change your plans is not all bad as the Mountain Coward finds out on the Isle Skye. Fiskivaig to Taliskerbay.

You know the drill. Feedback, comments, suggestions in the box below. Maybe even your favourite walks for around the world or a link to a website. All places are welcome.

See you next week for another installment of 3 Trips Thursday.

3 Trips Thursday #15

Hare Hill and McCrierick's Cairn 3 Trips Thursday

3 Trips Thursday

Guess what? Yep, I’m keeping this going. Back off to Glen Affric for a third time a third view. Then for second week we’re off to the hills around Lochnagar for a camp. The third link for this week is a very remote Corbett in the north-west highlands. Get comfortable and get clicking and have a good read.

The Links

  1. This time it’s MT that shares his tale of the trip. Michael is really good photographer and as always has some cracking shots in this post. He tells a no bad tale as well. Extemperaneousness.
  2. Another blogger with an eye for a photograph is Fraser. This is a brilliant trip to Lochnagar. Great scenery and a super looking camp spot. Lochnagar.

  3. Paul visits An Sidhean (Stathconon) one of Scotland’s remotest Corbetts and takes some really fantastic photographs. He really gives you and idea of the remoteness. An Sidhean.

A 3 Trips Thursday filled with excellent photographs and places. Please feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, link or even share the post if you’ve enjoyed it.

Thanks for reading.

More links next week, same place same time.

3 Trips Thursday #14

Derry Cairngorm 3 Trips Thursday

3 Trips Thursday

On this week’s smorgasbord we have some lovely inspirational delights to whet your appetite for all things outdoors. First up we’re back to Glen Affric. Then next off the table is some Northern Pies always a good choice and the final option for this week’s treat is way up north and over the sea to Iceland.

The Links

  1. Another side to the story from Glen Affric. This time Bobinson tells his side of the tale, mountain biking into the bothy. I really like it when others write-up about a shared adventure. Great reading, seeing things through another set of eyes. Camban Bothy Banter.
  2. Some Northern Pies around Ettrick. The lovely rolling green hills of the borders. Just me and dwag in Ettrick.

  3. Amazing scenery and some really gorgeous photographs in this one. Iceland – Post trek and Walks in the Skaftafell area.

That ends week 14 of 3 Trips Thursday. Hope you enjoyed reading those links. Feel free to leave a comment, suggestion or say hello in the boxes below.

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Don’t forget you can check out previous weeks as well using the links below.

Thanks for reading and see you next week for more outdoor inspiration.

3 Trips Thursday #13

Towards Galloway 3 Trips Thursday

3 Trips Thursday

This week we’ve got a bothy with a trip to the mountains of Kintail and Glen Affric, a castle that overlooks the Sound of Mull and the third one a round of some of the Southern Uplands at Moffat.

The Links

  1. Now this is a really recent one but sometimes I like to change it up like that and edit stuff around. This is probably how we all would like to have a Monday meeting. Another post stuffed full of good photos and rogues gallery or should that be a who’s who? Monday Morning Meeting.
  2. This one’s from right over in left. It’s not a trip or anything remotely like that. It’s a castle, Mingary Castle that looks over the Sound of Mull. It’s being rebuilt? Restored? Anyway some of the photographs of views over the sound are stunning. Mingary Castle.

  3. This is an older post from Mark but still worth a read. He does 16 miles round some great hills down at Moffat with an over nighter. Southern Uplands.

And we’re done for another week. Hope you enjoyed reading those links. As always if you’ve got something to say, leave a comment in the box below or come find me over on twitter.

3 Trips Thursday #12

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3 Trips Thursday

It’s getting close, we’ve burned Guido and set off the fireworks. Next Santa will be dropping off parcels before we know it. It must mean that snow is on it’s way. It can’t be long now till we see the icing sugar topped hills. Until then though why not click on the links below and have a good read of this weeks 3 Trips Thursday?

The Links

  1. Lets start with a walk from Glenfinnan to Inverie. It’s got a bit of everything, a bothy, a ferry and the dreaded midge. Glenfinnan to Inverie – a re-acquaintance.
  2. Here’s one to get you winter wonderland walkers excited. A cracking winter walk in the Cairngorms. Full on white stuff. Wrap up warm. Cairngorm and the Northern Corries.

  3. This last one here is a beauty and 2 for the price of one. I couldn’t share part one without part 2, though I’m sure you would have found it yourself. I don’t think I’ve seen a better post on Assynt and I’m so glad I found it again in my Evernote archive. Settle in for some great views. Assynt Corbetts, Grahams and Waterfalls part 1 and Assynt Corbetts, Grahams and Waterfalls part 2.

Thanks for reading and I hoped you enjoyed the 3 trips, 4 links. Feel free to leave comments below.

Search and Rescue fundraising

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Search and Rescue fundraising

My good friend and fellow Tiso lunch lottery club member Davy is doing a bit of fundraising this month. What’s different about that you ask? Well he’s not running any miles or climbing any mountains.

He’s doing a prize draw where you can get yourself some really nice outdoor goodies all in aid of Scottish Mountain Rescue and Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

All that he asks is that you donate a tenner to the appropriate just giving link and leave your details. Very worth while and not too much to ask in my opinion. Especially if you’re out and about in great outdoors not just during the winter months. These guys are on call any time of year.

You have until the 6th of December to donate and the draw takes place on the 7th of December. For a full rundown of all the prizes and the links for donating then head on over to Walkers Anon.

3 Trips Thursday #11

Bleak Cairngorms 3 Trips Thursday

3 Trips Thursday

The hills are bare now, the autumn leaves lie thick and still. O’er the land that waits for the on coming snows. Yep the clocks have changed and it’s now winter, so gather your shawl round your knees and set another coal on the fire and have a read through this week’s 3 Trips Thursday.

The Links

  1. Sandy and his Landy.  Wild camping under a tarp with a fine view and a some lovely beer. What more can you ask for? Vntuli.
  2. Another great walk minus the camp. This time over the Kintail hills, grabbing some really good views. Tramping on the monutains of Kintail.

  3. A cracking walk from Philip over at Section Hiker. It may only be 12 miles but it’s through some absolutely stunning hills. Hiking from Strathcarron to Torridon.

Well that’s us done for another week. Like I keep saying feel free to leave a comment or thought in the box below, maybe even a link? More trips next week.

Thanks for reading.

3 Trips Thursday #10

Culsharg Bothy 3 Trips Thursday

3 Trips Thursday

In this week’s kist o’ links we have a trip to Ardnamurchan, a bothy trip by bike and a walk in the Loch Monar wilderness.

The Links

  1. It’s been a while since I’ve been there but I love the Ardnamurchan pennisula. The views on clear days are something else and the sunsets are cracking. Well worth the visit. This one is from the Jinja Coo blog. Cracking weather and brilliant photographs. Ardnamurchan – Climbs, swims and rescued sheep.
  2. The is another superb blog. Attempting to do a full round of the MBA huts by bike! I never knew there were so many bothies. A few have been added to my ever-expanding must do list. Great reading. Over Ambition.

  3. For the last link this week is from a blog that I’ve only discovered recently, Mountain Coward Adventures. One the busiest blogs I’ve read in long time. There doesn’t seem to be a week that doesn’t have post. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more from here in the coming weeks. This is my favourite so far as I work my way back through the posts. Loch Monar wilderness and Meall Mor.

Feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, link, whatever in the boxes below.