On this page you’ll find features, opinion pieces and online diaries for my various backpacking trips.

⚡️ Recent info, relevant to right now
🔥 Really useful stuff
💡 Hidden gem
📚 Long reads
☕️ Storytime


Scotland

The Cape Wrath Trail

📚 The Cape Wrath Trail diaries – my full blog series on hiking the CWT in 2015

🔥 Naeboots on the Cape Wrath Trail – my TGO feature on the CWT

🔥 How to Walk the Cape Wrath Trail – my UKHillwalking feature on the trail

Preparations for the Cape Wrath Trail – a few pre-trip thoughts on my approach and gear

CWT gear debrief – what worked, what didn’t, from a 2015 perspective

Other backpacking routes

The West Highland Way – field notes accompanying my WHW feature

🔥📚 Backpacking the Alder Trail – a mini e-guidebook to enjoying this 100-mile route from Fort William to Aviemore

🔥 Backpacking the Skye Trail – my feature for The Great Outdoors on hiking a classic long-distance route

The Skye Trail – field notes accompanying my TGO feature on the Skye Trail

Cairn Toul and Braeriach – classic hills

Blair Atholl to Aviemore – a pre-lightweight excursion in June 2013

Winter mountaineering

The Lochaber Traverse in Winter – field notes accompanying my TGO feature on the Lochaber Traverse

Backpacking the glens: three days in the Cairngorms – a winter valley circuit via Glen Feshie and the Lairig Ghru

☕️ Windslab Wall – how I became a winter climber, and scared myself witless in the process

☕️📚 A Blizzard on Ben Nevis – how not to go about early-season winter climbing on the Ben

Snowshoes on Bynack More – winter mountaineering in the Cairngorms with black-and-white film

☕️📚 The Ascent of the Pinnacle Face – why I don’t like winter mixed climbing any more

The Beinn Fhada Ridge – a fine Glen Coe winter mountaineering route

The Alps

The Tour of Monte Rosa

📚 The Tour of Monte Rosa diaries – my full blog series on hiking a superb 100-mile Alpine backpacking circuit in 2015

🔥 Hiking the Tour of Monte Rosa – my TGO feature on the TMR

TMR gear debrief

Other Alpine resources and trips

🔥📚 Backpacking in the Alps – an introductory e-guidebook for newbies to backpacking in the European Alps

💡 The Ascent of Sasseneire – a 3,000m peak that changed my life

Aosta to Evolene via the Col Collon – a short pre-lightweight backpacking route in 2014, including a soggy glacier crossing

Pyrenees

The Haute Route Pyrenees and GR11

📚 The HRP / GR11 blog series – a section hike across the Pyrenees, cut short due to illness

Haute Route Pyrenees field notes – more photos and info on my Pyrenean route

Gear report – tentative first steps towards an ultralight load, but a long way to go yet

Photos from the Pyrenees – all taken with the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens

Scandinavia

Preparations for hiking the Jotunheimstien – my return to the Norse mountains after seven years away

📚☕️ Retreat from Jotunheimen – a catalogue of errors from my first trip to Norway in 2010, before I discovered lightweight backpacking

England and Wales

🔥 The Langdale Skyline – a classic big mountain circuit in the Lake District. For field notes and more photos, see here

Footprints over Ingleborough – field notes accompanying my TGO feature on Ingleborough and Whernside

Backpacking in the Yorkshire Dales – Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough in 2015

A Tour of Kinder Scout – my very first attempt to cut pack weight