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As far as I'm aware there's only one place in the world where glaciers are not receding and that's Patagonia, where some are actually advancing. 
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When does summer officially start?
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SOMETIMES events can occur in such a simultaneous way that it can shake you to the core, make you readjust your values, cause you to think a little deeper about your own beliefs. As we …
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On the money again Cameron. Good article.
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The controversial Cwm Glas hydro power development has put the spotlight on similar schemes within Snowdonia National Park. Should climbers and walkers be concerned? If you've been walking or climbing in the Llanberis Pass recently, you might have noticed a dark scar on the steep sides of Cwm ...
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A few months ago, an exciting opportunity arose. I was invited to do a little freelance editorial work for Sidetracked – an adventure travel magazine with a focus on exploration and wild places. The stories are told through a...
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Funny how, following the popularity of Hilary Mantel's fictionalized biography of Thomas Cromwell and their TV and stage dramatisations, the religious wars of the 16th century are being fought all ...
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Coast to Coast is a classic challenge for Packrafting in Scotland and there have been a number of iterations of the route over the past five years. A common factor among route variations is always a direction of travel running West to East and for two key reasons this is the sensible approach.
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Formby, Lancashire - Lampeter, Wales - Skipton, North Yorkshire - Manchester - Rowlands Gill, NE England
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Chris Townsend is passionate about wild places and makes a living writing and photographing them and the gear and techiques needed for backpacking and hiking. He has written many books on the outdoors including the award winning The Backpacker’s Handbook, The Munros and Tops, an account of his continuous round of all the 3000 foot summits in Scotland, the first time this walk had been done, Crossing Arizona, the story of his hike on the Arizona Trail and Walking the Yukon, the story of a 1000 mile hike from SE Alaska to the Arctic. His latest books are Scotland in Cicerone's World Mountain Series and his first book of photographs, A Year In The Life Of The Cairngorms.

Chris has also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail and was the first person to hike the length of the Canadian Rockies. Chris lives in the Cairngorms National Park.

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In search of Scotland’s oldest pines | Alan Watson Featherstone's Blog
www.alansblog.org.uk

In 1997, the Forestry Commission's research branch made a remarkable discovery when they were surveying a remote and small remnant of the na

Snowdonia's power struggle: Is hydroelectric a threat to our landscapes?
www.thebmc.co.uk

The controversial Cwm Glas hydro power development has put the spotlight on similar schemes within Snowdonia National Park. Should climbers

When does summer start?
www.metoffice.gov.uk

When does summer officially start?

Sidetracked Volume Four is here
www.alexroddie.com

A few months ago, an exciting opportunity arose. I was invited to do a little freelance editorial work for Sidetracked – an adventure travel

Grid North...: Tops & Tailwinds - Coast to Coast via Scotland's ...
gridnorth.blogspot.com

Coast to Coast is a classic challenge for Packrafting in Scotland and there have been a number of iterations of the route over the past five

Mulling eagles - Mark AveryMark Avery
markavery.info

Mulling eagles · Mark ♦ May 26, 2015 ♦ Leave Your Comment. Yesterday I was on Mull looking for eagles like many other tourists, and today I

14 Signs you've been away from the hills too long.
cumbrianrambler.blogspot.com

Irritating though it is I have to work for a living - I'm very lucky in that I enjoy what I do when I'm away from the fells - but it's been

PK Podcast 008: Chris Townsend, Backpacking Legend
paulkirtley.co.uk

Backpacking and long distance walking legend Chris Townsend joins me for ep8. We take a hike in the Cairngorms and record our discussions fo

CAIRN GORM - FULL SNOW COVER & RIME ICE AT 800m!
tarmachan.blogspot.com

Rim ice and full snow cover on Cairn Gorm, looking west to Fiacaill Ridge & Braeriach Karen heading up Windy Ridge Rime ice at 800m and full

Alien species are nature’s saviours not its destroyers, says expert
www.robedwards.com

from Sunday Herald, 26 April 2015 Grey squirrels, rhododendrons, Japanese knotweed and other hated alien invaders could be nature’s saviours

50 things you (probably) didn't know about the Pennine Way
www.thebmc.co.uk

50 things you (probably) didn't know about the Pennine Way. Posted by Hanna Lindon on 23/04/2015. Happy birthday Pennine Way! Britain's very

Preparations for the Cape Wrath Trail
www.alexroddie.com

The time has come to talk a little about my plans for this summer. It's been ten years since my first long-distance walk in the mountains —

The Lochan Fada Mystery
www.gordon-c-harrison.co.uk

Mystery of the artwork discovered at Lochan Fada in the NW West Highlands of Scotland

Climate change may be triggering rain of rocks in French Alps - environm...
www.newscientist.com

Rockfalls in France's corridor of death seem to follow warmer weather – and may become much more frequent as the climate warms

White-tailed eagles nest in Orkney after 142-year absence. « Raptor Poli...
raptorpolitics.org.uk

A pair of sea eagles are currently nesting on RSPB Scotland's Hoy nature reserve. It is the first time these birds have attempted to breed i

Terry Abraham: Blencathra - a bird's eye view
terrybnd.blogspot.com

I've almost completed filming the spring chapter for 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' now and I'm pleased to say it's all gone extremely wel

Scientists marvel at volume of money up Osborne’s arse | NewsBiscuit
www.newsbiscuit.com

After it was revealed earlier today that George Osborne was to pull a further £5.8 billion out of his arse to fund the subsidisation of Hous

How an Unknown Photographer Named Carleton E. Watkins Helped Save Yosemite
petapixel.com

Did you know that a single unknown photographer helped change the course of history for Yosemite with his photos back in 1861? The video abo

Conservative manifesto - they forgot the countryside too - Mark AveryMar...
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Conservative manifesto – they forgot the countryside too · Mark ♦ April 14, 2015 ♦ Leave Your Comment. I'm really rather surprised. Five yea

Labour's nature deficit - Mark AveryMark Avery
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Labour's nature deficit · Mark ♦ April 13, 2015 ♦ 3 Comments · photo Whenever I am feeling a bit out of sorts with the Labour party I read t