What I’ve been reading this week, 31 August 2019

My first set of weekly reads after a summer (hiking) hiatus. I am considering cutting back on or ending this series, or perhaps rolling it back into my weekly newsletter – any views?

Long-distance hiking

The haul road to Anaktuvuk: a bit of the Brooks range in Gates of the Arctic – a long but worthwhile piece by Carrot Quinn.

A trail of two halves – Katrina Megget writes on the pleasures and challenges of the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand.

Autumn Backpacking Inspiration – some lovely photos from Hendrik. Autumn is one of my favourite times of year for backpacking.


Another summer of pine martens – fantastic wildlife images here from my brother James.

Stormbringer – a splendid bivouac on Skye.

Charlie’s Round – David Lintern on the Ramsay Round, a formidable mountain running (or walking) route in the Highlands.

Mental health

The endless pursuit of more – why are millennials burning out? – a great piece from Alex Staniforth on a subject close to my heart.

A simple solution to millennial burnout – another piece worth reading on this important subject. ‘One of the best resets is spending a day (or more) in nature without any devices and with no plans to share your experience publicly upon your return.’

The quest to create a world without likes, retweets and follower counts – demetrification is (hopefully) coming.

Writing and editing

Why write about mountains?Cold Climbs inspired me too.

Is freelancing worth it? – ‘The #1 pro of freelancing, for me, is absolute control over my work, how/when/where I do that work, and, thus, my entire lifestyle.’

Readers can now support my writing by making a one-off donation via my tip jar. Your spare change helps keep me going on the trail!

By Alex Roddie

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


I also really enjoy your ‘what I’ve been reading’ – it one of the few newsletters I read from start to finish. I’ve found great links and insights – and I appreciate you sharing your reading world.

There are always some pure nuggets in amongst your list and I’d miss it if it disappeared. I’m not sure that a dedicated blog entry is needed for each week but it would be good if the list was added to your newsletter. Despite your feelings about electronic engagement your work (content – ugh, really dislike that word!) IS appreciated. Thanks for carrying on with it.

Thanks Allan. Food for thought there! For a while I did include a (smaller) selection of links in my newsletter before deciding to expand it and put it on the blog, to help more people find it. I’m not sure which is the best approach. I might restrict myself to a smaller selection of links. Either way, it’ll be continuing.

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