Spectacular winter mountains can also be a dangerous place to be. Scotland’s mountaineering experts are offering a series of events that could, they said, save your life. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is staging its annual winter safety lectures at two popular venues, along with five further evenings at Tiso stores across Scotland. This season’s

Thanks to Jim Krawiecki (Guardian.co.uk, Tue 1 Jul 2008) who gives us a quick guide round the best sea kayaking coastlines in Europe.  Scotland features in this list, unsurprisingly. Europe has a terrific variety of coastlines that offer differing sea kayaking experiences, both on our own shores and further afield. The UK arguably has the

Even if the Bushmen of the Kalahari used to go hunting and gathering for months at a time with pretty much only their weapon as essential gear, today’s adventurer needs to bring quite a lot more in order to survive. Here is a suggested list of 23 essential items the modern adventurer is likely to

This is the site where all paddlers including kayakers, canoeists, and rafters can find out what the river levels are in Scotland (including dam release information).  Kayaking conditions are calculated using river level guage data collected at regular intervals from SEPA.  If you didn’t know about it before then I hope this helps. Website link:

Where shall we go next? I came across this recently in the Scottish Mountaineer Magazine (Mountaineering Council of Scotland Publication) and thought to myself, “That looks fun”. In mountaineering the buzz generally comes from climbing rough terrain, always with the summit in mind.  Sometimes however, descending can sometimes be less fun, lacking the thrill of

You may have seen my previous post in the lead up to Mike and Calum’s Nepalese adventure.  Well, we’re back and have some photos and a route map to show you.  The route map was produced using my Spot Connect (a device that links up to overhead satellites and tracks your progress) – a great

At any time of year Scotland is a brilliant place to watch wildlife, but now that Autumn is well and truly upon us and with winter approaching, here are a just a few things you should be looking out for in particular. Red Deer – Early summer is the best time to watch hinds and

This is a great read, and a book that I’ve looked at on quite a number of occasions now, either just for interest or for example, when I was looking for information in the lead up to my Summer Mountain Leader assessment. A great idea for a Christmas pressie, perhaps? About the book: This is

This guide is an essential resource to help you plan your journey through the Great Glen across Scotland. As well as the calm waters of the Caledonian Canal there are the challenging open waters of Loch Lochy and Loch Ness. Here you will find advice on how to deal with the conditions as well as

Lessons from the master: A short film from canoeist Bill Mason illustrates the joy and poetry of paddling solo.  All the basic strokes used to control the canoe are rendered with perfect clarity through animated lines. Like what you see?  Share it with your friends on Facebook or let us know about your favourite paddling