Bog Walking

When I joined the mountaineering club I hadn’t appreciated I had, in fact, joined a bog walking club! Or perhaps it was just a strange initiation for the new members. Bog walking wasn’t the highlight or intention of the trip; although there are certainly plenty of bogs in the Peak District. In fact the bogs […]

Ballater Trip (Scotland)

Despite a questionable weather forecast leading to some last minute cancellations 7 people made it to Ballater for the August bank holiday meet, most of whom remained in the area for the rest of the week. Several walks were walked, climbs were climbed and scrambles scrambled. Some photos from the trip can be found at […]

The Munros

The sky is dark and wet snow is in the air. It is Sunday the 16th January 2011 and I have just walked into the Drovers Inn on the banks of Loch Lomond, wet through and attracting strange looks from the Sunday afternoon punters who are locked into battle with pints and giant plates of […]

Gower Trip

The Gower coast was looking its May best for the weekend trip organised by Sharon Chirrop. 18 or so happy climbers met up at the excellent Nicholaston Farm campsite on Friday night with a promising  forecast for the following two days. Saturday saw a scattering of climbers over the area. While one group clambered up […]

Dartmoor Trip

This weekend 3 records were broken: the biggest meet (28 victims), the hottest weekend of the year (21 degrees) and the grottiest selection of climbs as chosen and performed by Dave Linnett and a few other undiscriminating types. There was concern that a mass stampede to the Dewerstone on Saturday would result in a rock […]

Take a walk on the wild side

As I drove down the A9 towards Perth on a lovely sunny autumn evening I felt rather pleased about the trip that was now drawing to a close. I had been in Scotland for nearly two weeks and my time had been spent getting to know some of its more remote mountains. Several years ago […]

A beginners guide to the art of seconding

You’ve completed a top-roping course and the climbing bug has bitten. You’re dedicated and spend many evenings at the local indoor wall, tentatively starting to lead, and then you start to fantasise about the big wide world outside – particularly its lumps of rock: the arching overhangs, the bulging buttresses and the angular arètes. In […]

Wild Camping

When asked to write a piece about wild camping I was unsure whether to take it as a compliment or a slur. To many, it is a dirty word; something practised in the dark ages and akin to sleeping rough on the streets in our modern parlance. Personally, I think such folk need enlightenment and […]