Touch Hills

Yesterday I ran a navigation course for Duncan, Kim and Maria for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We used the Touch Hills near Cambusbarron, which gave quick access to good hill terrain. The course went well with a few lightbulb moments, but unfortunately I forgot to take any photos.

LLA Training

John and I delivered a Lowland Leader Award Training at the weekend for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. A varied group of seven candidates and pleasant weather made for a good course.

Caolon, Alan and Jeannie with the Forth bridges behind.

Harris and Lewis

Jen and I are just back from a week on Harris and Lewis. The weather wasn’t always helpful, with cold north-easterly winds and showers most days, but we had a great time and still managed to fit in some good walking and climbing.

Jen on the pleasant gneiss slabs at Caitiosbhal.

Additionally, the ancient monuments, amazing beaches and great welcoming cafes made for a delightful trip.

Summit view from An Cleasam (Clisham).

Pentlands DofE

This week I’ve been delivering DofE training for The City of Edinburgh Council for a good group from Trinity School. This culminated in a practice expedition in the Pentlands. I was particularly impressed with the ambitious cooking options of the group, as some of the photos on The ClimbNow Facebook page show. Wet earlier in the week, but thankfully dry on Thursday and Friday for the practice expedition.

The group in the Pentlands.


I spent four days last week delivering navigation and emergency procedure training to DofE groups for The City of Edinburgh Council. We used the Cramond and Dalmeny Estate area, which worked well in a week of sunshine and showers.

A group enjoying a sunny spell in Dalmeny.