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

Alex Roddie
Alex Roddie
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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.

Outdoors

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!

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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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