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ViewRanger – Turn your Smartphone into a GPS

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?

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Munrobagging for Beginners: 5 Selected Munros

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.
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My Heart’s in the Highlands

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

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Scottish Mountains

Scottish mountains have a curious system of being catalogued according to their height. The highest mountains are called Munros, after Sir Hugh Munro who measured all Scottish mountains back in 1891 and listed them in the so called Munros Tables. In order to make the list, a mountain needs to pass the 3000 feet mark (914.4 metres). Over the years these tables have suffered various modifications. At the moment, the Scottish Mountaineering Club grants 283 mountains the honour of being a Munro. There are also 227 additional “Tops”, peaks that fulfill the height criteria, but are part of a ridge or a range and too close to a Munro for being counted as a separate mountain. The activity of climbing all of the Munros is called “Munrobagging”, a popular sport in Scotland. Continue reading

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Wilderness Walks in Scotland

Scotland is a dream for walkers. If you are interested in long distance walking, you have certainly heard of Scotland’s official long distance routes like The West Highland Way­­, The Great Glen Way, The Speyside Way, The Southern Upland Way or The Kintyre Way.
Thousands of walkers wander along these routes every year. However, there are other interesting alternatives in the form of wilderness treks where you make your own way through glens and mountains. They are not known widely and therefore less frequented and more isolated, yet worth the adventure. Continue reading

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