Quick hit – Glen Devon

After visiting Cowden Japanese Garden ( see my recent post) we had spotted some nice hills around dollar / Glen Devon and my mountain buddy Fraser ( See Ficaill Ridge post) has mentioned there was a couple of nice horseshoes so we decided to do a quick Bank Holiday Monday hit , do a bit and play it by ear as the weather looked a bit questionable . Glen Devon , part of the Ochills near startling has some lovelyRead more

Cowden Japanese Garden

One positive of the last 18 months is that we have explored more of Scotland (beyond the mountains) and discovers some great hidden gems . Yesterday we finally visited the simply sublime Japanese Gardens at Cowden , near Dollar . Set near Glen Devon , close to Stirlings Ochil hills this beautifully architected garden was first developed at the turn of the century by the Scottish adventurer Ella Christie after a trip to the Orient . After falling into declineRead more

Shorts? Hope for the best …

Been a very long time ( 2 years + I reckon) since Fraser and I got on a hill – of course the C19 issue stopped us all but Fraser and I did a lot of mountains together and it’s been faaar to long ! Grabbed some annual leave and we stuck August 12th in the diary for a hill day – both knowing we were way off our previous fitness after a year and a half of on andRead more

Not all those who wander..

… are lost – we all know this one but I found myself saying it in earnest for the first time at the weekend. We went for a “quick hit “ to Meikle Bin , a small 570m hill in the Campsie Fells , just north of Glasgow . Long story short .. wrong car park .. a much longer walk ensued but a lovely day out , a lot of in the forest trails and one very overgrown outRead more

MSR Hubba Hubba NX

the MSR Hubba Hubba NX (or Hubba NX2 as I’ve seen listed) is MSR’s light 2 man, 3 season tent and has been gaining a lot of popularity across social media so I bagged one to replace our aging but bomber TNF Tadpole 2 – lets see how it faired on a Scottish Autumn wild camp.Read more

and breathe….

But here’s the rub .. I had done almost zero gym time, little if any running , only a little local mountain biking (although I did do a 25 press ups for 25 days challenge) so… lets face it.. im out of shape! …Read more

Arches Park : the bit I missed!

While the Road Trip report dedicated to Arches contains much more , I had missed some photos and the afternoon hike so putting here for completeness 🙂           The following photos are taken on an afternoon hike up to overlook Delicate Arch from a distance, it was from here we decided to get up at dawn and hike up to the Arch itself and try to avoid the crowds at such an iconic and popular structure.Read more

US Road Trip Report #6 Bryce Canyon

I don’t mind admitting I’d never heard of Bryce canyon until we got chatting to a very cool retired gentleman in a bar in Jackson Hole.(I am known to start talking to anyone who gets within 5 feet and in the US many folks are the same so we met many new friends along the way.  He was telling us how he’d retired with his wife, they’d bought a camper van and were touring all over the US for monthsRead more