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Scotland the Brave

October 14, 2016
I don't think I've ever before spent a winter weekend in Scotland and had two perfect days.


Brocken Spectre

November 26, 2014
After seeing my Brocken Spectre for the first time about 10 years ago, I worked out the conditions needed and how to make it appear.

1 You need a cloud inversion and the sun to shine
2 Position yourself so your shadow falls onto the cloud
3 Wave your arms to see your rainbow halo - or brocken spectre

However, I haven't yet worked out why you only see your own spectre. There were 5 of us working our spectres, but we only saw our own.

Taken on summit of Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons, Wales
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Howgill Adventure with Bremex

October 25, 2014
It’s a given, that when the time for the Bremex October High Camp comes round, the weather throws a curveball. Even so, 9 of us hardy souls braved the elements to test our navigation skills and our mettle.

With gale force winds and lashing rain forecast for Friday evening, we all planned to set up camp and batten down the hatches before dark descended – unfortunately the traffic on the M6 had other ideas, so Matt, Kent and Craig arrived at 10pm – just 10 minutes after the rain had starte...

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Getting away from it all on Corsica

October 25, 2014

Reminiscing about my last visit to Corsica 13 years ago, when Martin and I planned a week-long holiday using charter flights to conquer the northern part of the GR20 - 5 days of walking and one day to get the coach back to Calvi. The mountains were fantastic, but it was that drive back along the coast which captured my imagination, looking down on isolated villages nestled in tiny coves and the bright red rock of the Scandola peninsula contrasting with dark green foliage and azure blue sea.

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