Peaks and pine forests: exploring the Glen Affric Munros
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by Mark
1M ago
There are quite a few Scottish glens (or valleys) that get described as the most beautiful in Scotland. Obviously, they can’t all be, but Glen Affric, which is one of the ones that sometimes has the superlative attached to it, is certainly up there among the best. To be honest, I didn’t know that much about it before I started planning our May holiday earlier this year, apart from the fact that it has a clutch of Munros that – as a part-time Munro bagger – I knew that I had to climb some day. Situated due north and roughly parallel to the much better-known Glen Shiel – which I’ve travelled alo ..read more
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Win a pair of exciting books that could change your life
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by Mark
2M ago
Yes, indeed. I’m not joking, these books could change your life. They could be the little ripple that becomes a tidal wave that you ride across the bay to meet your date with destiny. Or, less dramatically but rather more likely, they could just end up being an enjoyable read. But that’s no bad thing either, especially for a freebie. Earlier this year I reviewed Cicerone’s outstanding new cycling guide to the North Coast 500 (NC500), called – you guessed it – Cycling the North Coast 500. Well, Cicerone have provided a couple of copies of their book for me to give away to two lucky winners, and ..read more
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Trekking Ladakh’s Langtang and Chang valleys: the videos
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by Mark
2M ago
It’s time for the third and final instalment of my critically acclaimed… I mean chronically derided Ladakh video diaries. As you prepare to have your ribs tickled, here’s a quick reminder of the story so far. Back in August and September 2022, Edita and I embarked on our first (and still our only) Himalayan trek since the COVID pandemic, to Ladakh in northern India. Also known as Little Tibet, Ladakh is a desert region north of the Himalayan divide, comprising red granite peaks rising above 6,000m and split apart by crashing river valleys. It was Edita’s first visit, and my first since 2007. W ..read more
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Dzo Jongo East and Dzo Jongo West: the videos
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by Mark
3M ago
Yes, folks. It’s time for the next mesmerising instalment of my award-winning video diaries (I awarded myself a bottle of Cotswold Gold Ale after I posted the last set). But before I start, here’s a quick reminder. Back in August and September 2022, Edita and I embarked on our first (and still our only) Himalayan trek since the COVID pandemic, to Ladakh in northern India. Also known as Little Tibet, Ladakh is a desert region north of the Himalayan divide, comprising red granite peaks rising above 6,000m and split apart by crashing river valleys. It was Edita’s first visit, and my first since 2 ..read more
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At long last, a guidebook to cycling Scotland’s North Coast 500
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by Mark
4M ago
If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you will know that I hate cycling. Yet – prize-winning fool that I am – three times I’ve embarked upon multi-day cycling adventures across mountainous terrain. In 2017, Edita had the brilliant idea of quitting our jobs and cycling from sea level to the summit of Chimborazo, the furthest point from the centre of the earth (we didn’t actually cycle all the way – we got off our bikes to climb the last bit). I turned the adventure into a book, Feet and Wheels to Chimborazo, which is undoubtedly the funniest book ever written about two people cycling fro ..read more
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Ladakh’s Markha Valley Trek: the videos
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by Mark
4M ago
It’s a full three years and more since I last released a series of my trademark shit videos on YouTube. Some of you are doubtless wondering if a yeti got my tongue. Eighteen months have gone by since I trekked in Ladakh, and the hilarious footage that I took has been lying untouched in the recesses of my hard drive. Recently, however, the laptop fairies have been complaining of tripping over it as they scurry around trying to stop me going anywhere near ChatGPT. Finally, I heard their cries. I acquired a new Linux laptop in January, installed a copy of Kdenlive, my video editor of choice, and ..read more
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The 8 best books about Everest written in the English language
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by Mark
5M ago
You may be wondering why I’ve never written this blog post before. In truth, there is never going to be a perfect time for it and now is as good a time as any. The universe of Everest literature is forever expanding and it’s not possible to reach its end. However, I’ve now travelled far enough to be confident of these eight books’ place in the celestial Everest pantheon. But enough of this nonsense. Before I get on with the listicle, a note to my international readers. As the title says, these are the best books about Everest written in English. The list is therefore Anglo-centric. You can eve ..read more
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My latest audiobook: The Everest Politics Show – an eyewitness account of the 2014 Everest tragedy
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by Mark
5M ago
If you’re a follower of this blog then you will know that I’m in the slow and gradual process of recording my diaries and releasing them as audiobooks. I started in 2021 with The Chomolungma Diaries and released The Manaslu Adventure last year. I’m happy to say that the next instalment, The Everest Politics Show, is now available on Audible, Amazon Apple Books, Spotify and will be available on other outlets very soon. The Everest Politics Show: available now as an audiobook The release is timely. This year is the tenth anniversary of the 2014 Everest tragedy and its controversial aftermath, wh ..read more
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7 mountain weather phenomena: a quick intro, courtesy of Tristan Gooley
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by Mark
6M ago
The weather forecast for the week wasn’t good when we arrived at our cottage in Glencoe before Christmas. It was going to rain heavily all week, and there was really only one suitable day for a good hill walk (see my previous post). As happened on previous trips, we spent the first day of our holiday in Fort William, shopping for outdoor gear and browsing the shelves of the Highland Bookshop for rainy day reading. While wandering around the nature section of the latter, my eyes chanced upon the title The Secret World of Weather by Tristan Gooley. It seemed an apt choice for reading by the fire ..read more
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Christmas in Glen Coe II: The Revenge of the Rainstorms
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by Mark
6M ago
Another Christmas, and another cottage in Scotland for a week. What would the weather hold in store for us this year, and would we get up any mountains? Edita found us a cosy little place to stay in a row of cottages beside the main road outside Glencoe village. The forecast wasn’t promising. As Santa’s wife said when she looked out of the window, ‘it looks like rain, dear’ (you can keep reading – the jokes get better further on). On Friday 22nd, our first day, there were sudden showers and thick clouds over the mountains. We started lightly with a gentle stroll along the Caledonian Canal. On ..read more
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