Why we must fight for wild camping, seeking discomfort, finding our legs again, and no safety nets in the real world.
Environment and nature
A Guide to Climbing Trips in Europe by Train — at a time when public transport is being threatened by the pandemic, it’s great to see such a comprehensive and well-researched piece as this. My next European backpacking trip (whenever it might be) will certainly be facilitated by train, not air — I made that pledge to myself last year.
Quarandreaming the Cairngorms — this from David Lintern is sublime. ‘There are still places where the road ends and that’s no small part of why we go. I cross the burn that will become the Eidart and climb onto and into it; this remarkable, fathomless place full of empty.’
True wild camping is a great British tradition — we must fight for it — Phoebe Smith writes passionately in defence of wild camping, whose good name has been dragged through the mud by the bad behaviour of a visible minority in recent weeks. ‘People have nowhere to go, and therefore feel a greater disconnect with the outdoors – so why would they want to protect it?’
Back camping in the hills again — Chris Townsend demonstrates the quiet, simple joy of a wild camp high in the hills.
Seeking discomfort from a solo wild bivouac in Langdale — Rachel Sarah writes in praise of the imperfect mountain experiences.
My Eating Disorder Started with an Adventure — a great piece by Ruth Naughton-Doe about a side to ‘adventure’ that is not often candidly explored.
Finding my legs on the HRP — Camille is hiking a section of the Haute Route Pyrenees at the moment. This is one of several blog posts she’s published this week.
Readjusting attitudes — ‘when I started walking again a week ago, I decided to try and remember joy. There aren’t many moments that need turning around in this journey, it’s a completely enjoyable experience, but that is mostly passive, hidden under a layer of muscle pain and insect bites.’
Impressions From Lemmenjoki and Ivalojoki — Hendrik Morkel enjoys a packrafting trip in Finland’s largest national park.
A Solo Sarek Tour — a fantastic report of a backpacking trip in Scandinavia from Alec Forss.
Garden Notes V — Comet Neowise — splendid astrophotography here from Neil Mansfield.
Books, writing and editing
My second audiobook — Feet and Wheels to Chimborazo, narrated by Philip Battley — Mark Horrell has had a busy few months on the publishing front. You should definitely pick up this audiobook. It’s a cracking tale.
The internet of things that are not really your things
It’s been a spectacularly bad week for Garmin:
Garmin services and production go down after ransomware attack — ‘In today’s cyber-security landscape, only ransomware attacks have the destructive power to cause companies to shut down production lines, online services, websites, email servers, and call centers in a matter of hours and enter into an impromptu maintenance mode.’
No Safety Nets in the Real World: The Dark Side of the Smart Revolution — thinking of buying that smart speaker or smart fridge? Reality check from hacker Noon: ‘Whether it is creepy, like hackers talking to young children via Ring cameras, or dangerous, like remotely unlocking our front doors, we must remember: The IoT can do it.’
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