Training for Killimanjaro on Scottish Hills

Over the last two weekends, over five days, I have been out with a family to help them prepare for a trek up Kilimanjaro in October. Visiting the Angus hills the first weekend and and then the Strathfarrar, Affric and Mullardoch hills the second we steadily built up the distances and time on the hill …

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Cruach Ardrain – Stob Binnein Horseshoe

We had some fine April weather on Saturday - sunny, light winds and -1C on the summits -  as we hiked round the Cruach Ardrain Stob Binnein horseshoe. It was a big day with 1,744m ascent and lots of steep ground. Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain and Stob Binnein are three of the 'Crianlarich 7', a group …

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Hammock camping, campfire cooking trail runner

So my plan was to do a big 60km reccy of a gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award route in Perthshire, running it in two days travelling really lightweight, sleeping in my hammock and cooking on a fires - so no stove. My rucksack weighed 7kg with food and water and all my overnight kit. I …

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