What I’ve been reading this week, 19 April 2019

Saying farewell to the itinerant dirtbag life, socks and camera lenses, and re-entry into society.

Long-distance walking

Mogollon Rim Trail day 1: never packraft with chihuahuas – Carrot Quinn has started a new trail blog series.

Life after the Te Araroa Trail: Re-entry into society and post-adventure blues – ‘it’s like I’ve been standing on the spot spinning and spinning and suddenly I’ve stopped. I’m now standing still but everything feels like it’s still going around, and I can’t catch up.’

Cape Wrath Fail – Andy Wasley’s video from the CWT, including a great mini interview at A’Chuil bothy.

A New Lens for Backpacking: Sony E 18–135 f3.5-f5.6 – Chris Townsend has upgraded his camera setup for backpacking.

Darn Tough Socks for Backpacking – I’m in need of some new socks, and found this perspective intriguing.

Other outdoors stuff

Peter and the Icicle – a great story about an attempt at the second ascent of Eliot’s Downfall, Glen Coe (which I could see out of my bedroom window in the winter of 09/10!).

Bidding a Fond and Reluctant Farewell to the Itinerant Dirtbag Life – a really interesting piece, and I found a few things I can relate to here.

Ash Routen: Norwegian Shakedown – a gear piece on Montane’s blog by Arctic travel specialist Ash Routen.


Alarm as study shows how microplastics are blown across the world – deeply disturbing.

By Alex Roddie

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

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