Beyond the Nevis watershed, part 1: the eastern Mamores

Beyond the Nevis watershed, part 1: the eastern Mamores

When I hiked the Ring of Steall last year, I saw an emerald valley to the east, accessible only by foot and surrounded by Munros. I imagined wild camping in that idyllic location, and picking off the mountains one by one. Barely a year later, my dream came to fruition.

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The Ring of Steall: a Scottish hill walking classic

The Ring of Steall: a Scottish hill walking classic

A short distance south of Ben Nevis is a hidden sanctuary encircled by mountains. This hanging corrie has a single outlet which drains into Britain’s second highest waterfall. A full circuit of the ring of mountains involves 4 Munros and 7 peaks in total.

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Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, via the CMD Arête

Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, via the CMD Arête

An estimated 160,000 people climbed Ben Nevis last year, but it has a not-so-secret route around the back that follows a stunning ridge, and if you’re lucky you’ll have it to yourself. It was the obvious choice for Edita’s first ascent of Britain’s highest peak.

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Backpacking in the Black Mount: a high level route for midges

Backpacking in the Black Mount: a high level route for midges

The most talked about subject in Britain at the moment isn’t the upcoming London Olympics, but the crap weather we’ve been having. First it was the wettest April on record, then it was the wettest May on record. I happened

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The joys and perils of off-piste walking

The joys and perils of off-piste walking

While sitting in my tent the other morning deciding which Scottish mountain to tackle that day, I came across a couple of passages in Cameron McNeish’s book The Munros which struck me as out of place. “It’s interesting that the

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