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What I’ve been reading this week, 14 June 2019

Alex Roddie
Alex Roddie
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Women who walk or run solo, death and power in the Highlands, mental health and mountains, and the value of close observation…

Long-distance walking

TGO Challenge 2019: the gear – Chris Townsend’s summary of the gear he took on this year’s TGO Challenge – a few old favourites, and some new items on test.

Finding my way home – Julie posts some fantastic photos from a cycling journey through eastern Finland.

100 women who walk or run solo – Emily Woodhouse has compiled this list with the aim of overturning a common but problematic idea: that women who venture into the wild alone should be scared or worried.

Outdoors and environment

Menstruation on the Mountains – this is a great web feature by Chiara Bullen, TGO‘s new editorial assistant.

Death and power in the Highlands – ‘The time is rapidly coming when the few should stop the killing and the land we all live in should be managed for the many.’

Mental health and mountains – a video and some words here from Andy Wasley about the connection between mountains and mental health.

Nature: take it or leave it? – this is a wonderful testament to the value of close observation, and also a thoughtful discussion on leave-no-trace ethics.

Running in circles – why our GPS devices can betray us – an interesting piece here on the faith we put in technology. As someone who primarily uses digital wayfinding methods in the mountains now, I try to remain vigilant, but it’s undeniably true that a more hands-on and analogue approach to navigation can foster a deeper sense of connection to the landscape and your place in it.

Underworld – George Kitching heads over Glenridding Dodd and Sheffield Pike on a walk laden with history.

Two-hour ‘dose’ of nature significantly boosts health – the logical flip side is that nature deprivation is detrimental to health. This is one reason why I hate cities.

The Week in Review 294 – looking for more to read? The latest in Hendrik’s long-running series contains some great links this week.

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Alex Roddie

Happiest on a mountain. Writer, story-wrangler, digital and film photographer. Editor of Sidetracked magazine (I make the words come out good).

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