Public Safety and Risk Assessment By David J Ball and Laurence Ball-King Is Britain wrapped in cotton wool? It’s a question posed by the authors in this book which looks at how legislation originally introduced with the laudable aim of reducing workplace deaths and injuries is seen to permeate every walk of life, including the

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

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

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

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

Did the headline grab your attention?  Good. Having recently attended an event in Edinburgh (the SYHA Youth Residential Experiences Conference, which was very good I have to say), I was wowed by some stats that Gavin Howat (Inspector, Health & Safety Executive, Scotland) offered in a presentation he gave, about taking the fear factor out

The Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) is a great place to start if you’re looking for any information that’s paddle-related.  They have a large list of resources on offer for experienced and less-experienced paddlers alike. One of the services that the SCA provides, is access to a number of River Advisers around the country.  These guys

Speaking to a mate recently, he mentioned a book he was reading that sounded really interesting.  If you’re a seasoned hill walker/ munro-bagger or perhaps someone just looking for a big challenge then this book might provide the inspiration you need. ‘Ribbon of Wildness– Discovering the Watershed of Scotland’ provides a mix of narrative which

Has anyone out there got this piece of equipment yet?  This is a device that connects to your smartphone and allows you to connect to the outside world from many (although not all) of the remotest places in the world. It sounds great in theory but how much does it cost over and above the

You may know you’re way around the huge number of Scottish Waterways and might be familiar with where to go and when, however, if you’re not and looking for some inspiration, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite. For those with little experience of paddling canoes or sea kayaks: The Great Glen is