What I’ve been reading this week No.1

Pretty much since I started the Pinnacle Newsletter in January 2018 I have been including a brief ‘links of interest’ section. I thought it was time I expanded that resource here on my blog.

Each week, I’ll curate a list of articles I’ve found useful, entertaining or relevant. The subjects are bound to vary but you can be sure that books, the outdoors, photography, writing, technology, social media reform (or the Entanglement1 in general), and productivity will be most represented.

I hope you find these articles interesting. They’re what I’ve been reading, digesting and thinking about this week.


Maurice Wilson — Everest’s Most Peculiar Casualty — a great piece here by Ash Routen.

August snow survey, 2018 — 27 snow patches have survived through to the summer in the Scottish hills.

A Night & Day On The Moine Mhor — lovely writing and images from Chris Townsend. I’m looking forward to heading back to the Cairngorms next month.

Rock-stacking denies people the experience of wildness — personally, I’m not a fan of rock stacks. Rebecca Coles makes a good case here.

5 stepping stones on the path to high altitude — Mark Horrell shares his tips for getting into high-altitude mountaineering.


Editor interview: Camilla Barnard, Waymaking — this book looks fantastic. It’s already making waves in outdoor publishing circles.

Book review: High and Low by Keith Foskett — a hugely important book that it was my privilege to edit. My brother James has reviewed it here for TGO.

Social media reform

A brief summary of the social media reform movement — until this week, we didn’t really have a term for this. Thanks to Cal Newport, now we do.

30 days without social media — Mark Rickaby is conducting an experiment.

Why I Travel Without Technology — I go back and forth on this one. While I love the idea of travelling without a smartphone, I’m not sure I’m organised enough to actually do it any more.

  1. It’s a fuzzy topic, but it fascinates me — and it’s everywhere in the news these days once you know what to look for. 

By Alex Roddie

Award-winning outdoor and nature writer, editor, author, and photographer.

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