Category Archives: Scotland
If you are into hillwalking, you know the scenario: You started off on a nice clear day, but two hours later, half way up the Munro, clouds start to move in. Another hour later, you can’t see a thing. You know the summit is just there, but it’s a flat summit col, and you just can’t find the cairn. “The compass says it’s right here, but it’s not. Damn, I really have to get a GPS” is an understandable thought. Then again, that’s spending a good amount of money, and will you really use it that often?
I’m a strong supporter of renewable energy resources. I think that nuclear power plants have to be shut down as soon as possible world wide at be substituted by de-centralized, smaller power plants that use renewable energy. However, I haven’t been aware of the fact that renewable energy can cause a lot of damage, too. Today I found out about it. Continue reading
Vatersay is an island in the Outer Hebrides. It is the southernmost inhabited island, and also the westernmost. Although it has been inhabited for thousands of years, today there are only close to 100 people living on the island. Continue reading
A “Munro” is a Scottish mountain with a height of over 3,000 feet or 914.4 metres. They are named after Sir Hugh Munro (1856–1919), who in 1891 listed all mountains fulfilling this criterion in his Munros Tables. The Scottish Mountaineering Club revises the tables periodically. The 2009 revision resulted in a number of 283 confirmed Munros. The term “Munrobagging” describes the activity of somebody who aims at climbing all the listed Munros. The person is called a “Munrobagger”. Some people manage this feat in record time while others spend their lifetime on achieving this goal.
Here is a list of 5 suggested mountains for the beginning Munrobagger: Continue reading
You may have heard of “mystery shoppers”, people who pretend to be a normal customer. They ask questions, behave in a certain way or register complaints, then go home and write a report about their experiences.
Now Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity, is looking for a related species: mystery walkers! Continue reading
I came up with two finds that I would like to share with you, and since there is even a connection between the two, I’ll call it a day. First, here’s a poem (yeah, they still exist!): Continue reading
Who hasn’t heard of famous Nessie, the supposed monstrous inhabitant of Loch Ness? St. Columba claims the first sighting back in the 6th century, although Nessie’s world-wide fame only started with the publication of photographs in the 1930s.
I have no intention to fuel the discussion about Nessie’s existence any further. However, here are some interesting facts about Loch Ness that might interest you: Continue reading
Edinburgh certainly has a reputation for being not the cheapest of cities when it comes to finding a place to eat. However, there are budget options where you can save some money to spend on a pint in one of your favourite pubs afterwards. Continue reading
I don’t know if you have heard about Adam Potter, the guy who “fell 1,000 feet – and survived” as the English tabloid “The Sun” reported on February 1st.
According to this popular paper, Adam broke his back in three places and was able to walk after the fall. I don’t think this deserves a comment… Continue reading
I have often asked myself if this is just my personal perception, but it seems to me that hillwalking is becoming more and more popular. I love hillwalking and I can answer that question to myself easily, but why are there more people into hillwalking nowadays than let’s say 30 years ago? I stumbled upon one of the reasons when I found an article entitled “When balaclavas were de rigueur” by Dave Hewitt: The evolution of climbing gear! Continue reading