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Mountain Flowers

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Mountain Flowers

To pass the Mountain Leader qualification you obviously need to have good mountain skills but you are also assessed on your environmental awareness. I already had a keen interest in the nature around me but ever since my training I can't get enough of finding new things, learning about them and sharing the knowledge on my walks. Look below the heather and there's a plentiful eco system thriving, from mosses, tiny lichens or the tasty berries. Peat bogs hold so much more than peat. 

Remembering the facts and figures is a challenge though....that's why it's good to link them with a story, like sphagnum moss use during WW1 or lichen use for dying socks!

One of my finds last August was near the top of my favourite hill. My client for the day was busy sketching the hills beyond and I wandered around looking for something of interest.

CHICKWEED WINTERGREEN  Trientalis europaea

CHICKWEED WINTERGREEN Trientalis europaea

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If you have an interest in mountain flora or wildlife I'd be delighted to share my knowledge with you on my walks. 

The short video below displays some of the wild flowers I found on my travels last year, in various locations in the Cairngorms. 

Contact us to discuss nature walks.

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June in the Cairngorms - Highlights

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June in the Cairngorms - Highlights

A selection of photos and highlights from June, my favourite moment watching my talented daughter Emma play fiddle at An Lochan Uaine, the green lochan. It's such a beautiful place and the slow waltz added to the special atmosphere.

Emma at An Lochan Uaine

Emma at An Lochan Uaine

I was fortunate to have a few trips to the hills in June with some lovely clients with a few wanders over the plateau, peering into the corries and lochs.

Loch A'an

Loch A'an

Loch Etchachan

Loch Etchachan

I also had a couple of visits to Ben Macdui, mixed weather on both occasions!

Ben Macdui Summit

Ben Macdui Summit

On our way up Derry Cairngorm

On our way up Derry Cairngorm

Derry Cairngorm

Derry Cairngorm

With a few trips to Lochnagar too....my favourite.

Lochnagar

Lochnagar

Walking down to Loch Muick

Walking down to Loch Muick

And some lovely woodland walks as well :)

My June outings were a mix of planned events and bespoke requests. If you'd like to join me on a walk get in touch, navigation tuition also available on my outings.

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Carn a' Mhaim - bike and hike

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Carn a' Mhaim - bike and hike

Fantastic conditions in the Cairngorms for our bike and hike event to Carn a' Mhaim yeasterday. Why not join us for the next one, or contact us to arrange a trip for you! See our events page for planned outings.

All of our trips are informative and we can include navigation training too if desired!

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