You’ve read all the coronavirus links already, so here are some worthwhile reads on the environment, nature, hiking, and books.
Environment and nature
#FlightFree2020: About The Time I Travelled The World Flight-Free For 4 Years (And Nobody Cared) – a thought-provoking blog post by Tom Allen, who was going to great lengths to travel internationally without stepping on board a plane long before the idea came into vogue amongst travel writers.
Psychic Numbing: Keeping Hope Alive in a World of Extinctions – ‘It would help all of us, and the cause of the world’s species, if we think more granularly; speak more specifically; focus on what can be meaningful; and stay observant of the many beauties remaining.’
Tears of ice – Uath Lochans – John Burns visits one of the jewels of the Highlands.
Best British wildlife to spot in March – it’s been all about the yellowhammers and songthrushes in my area lately.
‘I see this oak every day as I walk my dogs – and now it’s at risk’ – I like this idea for a series.
Long-distance hiking and the outdoors
Stars & Frost & Snow: A Winter Camp in the Cairngorms – I spent some time in the Cairngorms last week with Chris Townsend. Here’s his blog post about our camp and hill day.
You must be brave! – this is a superb piece by Julie Coldwell about courage and optimism in the context of solo travel.
Winter in Glencoe – Alex Nail has had a snowy trip to Glencoe. Some great pictures here showing the loaded conditions on some of my favourite mountains.
Classic Winter – Beinn Eighe’s Black Carls – a great piece about mountaineering on Beinn Eighe by Dan Bailey.
Scramblers – Learn to Manage a Fear of Heights – scrambling requires supreme control and a healthy amount of margin. Even if you don’t think of yourself as someone who’s afraid of heights, getting ‘gripped’ on a steep move can lead to things unravelling quickly, so this is worth a read.
Books and writing
Under the Stars: A Journey Into Light review – I love the sound of this book. I’ll certainly be reading it.
For Decades, Cartographers Have Been Hiding Covert Illustrations Inside of Switzerland’s Official Maps – this is rather quirky and charming.
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