What I’ve been reading this week, 13 September 2019
A visit to Gharbh Choire Mor, a camera for climbers, the great land-ownership con, and a use for Twitter at last.
Long-distance hiking and the outdoors
“It could be an exciting ending”: the latest from Chris Townsend’s 450-mile Colorado walk – I can’t wait to see more of Chris’s photos from the Colorado Trail.
Into the mountain – Garbh Choire Mor – this is a powerful piece of writing by Neil Reid about a very special place in the Cairngorms.
Come on legs, come on head, come on heart – Fellbound writes honestly about a hard decision.
Landscape photographers: travel less – I’ve thought about this much over recent months, and have come to the conclusion that I agree. It’s getting more difficult to justify travelling hundreds or thousands of miles just to take pictures.
The practical climbing camera – this is an excellent (and exhaustive) piece on what makes a good camera for climbing – not necessarily the same thing as what makes a good camera for hillwalking, backpacking, or landscape photography.
It’s time we were critical – a good piece by David Ward in On Landscape (paywalled). ‘More likes doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a better photographer … Popularity doesn’t automatically equate to artistic ability.’
The great con: who owns our land – John Burns writes about land reform in the Highlands, a key subject in his new book, Sky Dance, which I edited.
Writing, editing, and books
Books are ‘winged words’ – a wonderful essay on the connections between birds and human culture in the ancient world.
10 great books about mountains that have nothing to do with climbing – this is a good list by Mark Horrell. Some of the best books about mountains have nothing to do with climbing.
How to make Twitter morally useful in four steps – I rather like this.
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