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Hiking in the Highlands

10 top tips: preparing for a hiking challenge

Published by Rebecca Field May 1, 2019

10 top tips for hiking: How to prepare for a Scottish hiking challenge (updated) The challenge of hiking in Scotland can be underestimated. Below we’ve […]

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snow hole expedition

Why choose a winter skills course, Scotland?

Published by Rebecca Field December 19, 2018

Deciding to book a winter skills course is a matter of safety in the hills. You definitely don’t want to be the one who’s on […]

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walking guide

Top 10 winter skills tips

Published by Rebecca Field December 12, 2018

Your ultimate guide to safe winter walking Andy Bateman has instructed and guided for over 20 winter seasons in Scotland’s uncompromising mountains in the Cairngorms and beyond. […]

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snowholing expedition

How to build your own ice hotel

Published by Rebecca Field December 5, 2018

Thinking of going on a snowhole expedition? The best way to build a snowhole Andy Bateman of Scot Mountain Holidays leads at least 3 commercial […]

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The art of navigation

Hiking: how not to get lost

Published by Rebecca Field February 14, 2018

Managing Mountain Navigation: you will make errors – how to deal with your errors? Autumn and early winter is the time when the contrast between […]

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Choosing an ice axe

How to choose a walking ice axe

Published by Rebecca Field February 7, 2018

Choosing an ice axe   There are several factors to consider when choosing an ice axe. There are 2 reasons why you might need to buy […]

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winter walking Cairngorms

I love walking in winter, but I’d rather go with a guide/in a group. Is there any particular trip/guide you would recommend?

Published by Rebecca Field November 29, 2017

Scottish winters – are you looking for a winter walking guide? Winter is when the Scottish hills mutate into proper mountains which need as much […]

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self-guided MTB

My hands and feet were frozen when I was out on the bike this autumn. How do I stay warm?

Published by Rebecca Field November 15, 2017

How to avoid cold hands and feet on your bike We did our first big ride of the autumn as a family last weekend – […]

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winter sunset Cairngorms

I’m in my 50s but have never been winter walking before. What are the pitfalls I should be aware of?

Published by Rebecca Field November 1, 2017

Walking in winter Walking comes in many different guises from dog walking to marathon walking. Perhaps then there’s a reason why “hiking” is becoming much […]

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Andy’s mountain wildlife blog (1): Death by Rocket Fuel – the False Morel!

Published by Rebecca Field April 26, 2017

Scottish Mountain Wildlife with our expert: Andy Bateman Scottish Wildlife – a fungal lowlight: The False Morel For me, the arrival of the false Morel […]

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