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Last months in Lincolnshire

I have learned more about my relationship with mountains by 11 years living in Lincolnshire than I ever did when I lived in the mountains.

Last months in Lincolnshire
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Personal connections, a season for repairs, and my grandfather's watch

As an antidote to Black Friday, here's a look at a few items of personal and family significance that have stood the test of time – and which I'll continue to repair and maintain. We make true connections with very few items in our lives. Is this the most important aspect of sustainability?

Personal connections, a season for repairs, and my grandfather's watch
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The End of Winter: hiking the Cape Wrath Trail in February 2019

"Genuine silence is rare and special in our hyper-connected era. You might discover something about yourself and the world around you if you take the time to listen."

The End of Winter: hiking the Cape Wrath Trail in February 2019
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The Meaning of Adventure: Hiking the Haute Route Pyrenees

If I could never tell anyone about this trip, never publish anything about my experience or share any of my photos, would I still put myself through this?

The Meaning of Adventure: Hiking the Haute Route Pyrenees
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A Year with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

In March 2020, I took a leap of faith and switched camera systems to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. A year and several thousand frames later, here's how it has helped me to grow as a photographer.

A Year with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
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My first issue of Sidetracked magazine as editor: a learning curve, ice bears, and that Gucci cover

Our best issue yet, and my first at the helm, but one not without controversy.

My first issue of Sidetracked magazine as editor: a learning curve, ice bears, and that Gucci cover
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A Test of Mettel

In a year in which Swiss glaciers lost three per cent of their total volume, Alex Roddie returns to an Alpine peak he first climbed a decade before, and finds huge changes. This feature was first published in the August 2019 issue of The Great Outdoors. 2007 ‘My sleeping bag’

A Test of Mettel
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Nature notes: this week’s nature and wildlife photography, 28 June 2020

Highlights this week include reed buntings, lesser whitethroats, a contemplative brown hare, and the moorhen chicks. It’s midsummer, and in an average year my photographic mojo hits rock bottom at around this point. Finding decent light for landscape photography involves ridiculously early starts, so I usually don’t bother

Nature notes: this week’s nature and wildlife photography, 28 June 2020
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The voices of birds: a greening of lockdown

Lockdown has brought many hardships, but for some of us it has created the chance to build a closer relationship with the wildlife all around us. Here’s what lockdown has meant to me. That we live in strange times is so self-evidently true that the phrase itself has become

The voices of birds: a greening of lockdown
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A Walk in the Woods – hiking Norway’s Jotunheimstien

Alex Roddie discovers a long-distance trail that begins in Oslo city centre, plunging into a forest paradise brimming with wildlife. This feature was first published in The Great Outdoors magazine (2018 Scandinavia Supplement) It isn’t every day that you get to start a long-distance trail from a city centre.

A Walk in the Woods – hiking Norway’s Jotunheimstien

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