Features

 

First on the Scene

There was a sense of tightly controlled panic in the man’s voice as he came running towards us. “Please, can you help? There’s a climber over here who’s just fallen from a crag.” He gesticulated wildly, rapidly losing his grip on his obvious terror. “I think she hit her head and her lips are turning blue. Can you please hurry!” The distraught man tugged at my sleeve, pulling me towards the crags. I was just explaining to him that I was a first aider when I caught sight of the climber, lying crumbled in a heap against a pile of rocks...

This piece, which won 'Best Outdoor Feature' in the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild's Awards for Excellence 2012, was described by the judges as a "really useful article highlighting and probably mirroring the concerns of many walkers". They added: "It's practical, well written and packed with info, answering questions and inspiring others..." To read more of the feature, which appeared in TGO magazine, click on the image below...

Award-winning feature on mountain first aid by Vivienne Crow

A suitable case for TLC

As the morning sun finally breaches the top of Blencathra and the first warming rays light up lonely Skiddaw House at the base of England’s fourth highest mountain, it’s easy to understand why this isolated youth hostel inspires so many people. Less than 200 years ago, the Earl of Egremont would have stayed here with his shooting parties; today, dozens of people from all walks of life devote huge amounts of time and energy to restoring this former gamekeepers’ lodge, three miles from the nearest road, to its former glory.

It’s not an easy task – at 1,550ft above sea level and half-way up the side of Skiddaw, the house, built in 1829, is subjected to a severe battering by the elements. Warden Martin Webster confesses to having had several sleepless nights in the last two stormy winters...

To read more of this piece, which won 'Best Outdoor Feature' in the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild's Awards for Excellence 2010, click on the image below...

 Award-winning feature on Skiddaw House by Vivienne Crow

Talk of The Devil

“The scenes are desert now, and bare
Where flourish’d once a forest fair,
When these waste glens with copse were lined…”

When Sir Walter Scott wrote these lines about the Ettrick Forest in the early part of the 19th century, he was looking at a landscape already stripped of most of its natural vegetation by overgrazing. But some of the hills and glens could soon be cloaked again in the
“forest fair” that William Wallace would have known when he gathered men here to fight the English – if the Borders Forest Trust manages to raise £700,000 by May 2009.

To read more of this feature that appeared in DGB Life magazine, click on the image below...

Border Forests Trust work at Corehead, Dumfries and Galloway, including Hart Fell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colonial Norway

“Wir closser ta Norwa as we ir ta Scotland, du kens,” says Neil, one of my kayaking companions and a native of these islands, as we paddle almost effortlessly across the tranquil waters of the sea loch towards the open sea.

It’s a phrase I’ve heard often since arriving in Shetland. Roughly translated, it means: “We’re closer to Norway than we are to Scotland, you know.

To read more of this feature that appeared in Scanorama, SAS's inflight magazine, click on the image below...

Looking at Norwegian nationalists' attempt to lay claim to Shetland

 
 
 

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