True Highlands Blog
Roads tell stories and the paths, tracks and highways of the highlands are no exception. The history of our country can be told by the seemingly innocuous routes that scramble through our mountains or even the motorways we drive on every day. These are a few of our favourites, stories of anti-government rebellions, of cattle thieves, social control, economic independence, oppression and ultimately freedom.
A lot of climbers in Scotland have a ritual; when the first snows dust the mountain tops and thoughts turn from rock climbing to ice climbing, then the ice axes and crampons are unpacked from storage, sharpened and made ready for the coming season. For me it is this weekend. Rain has meant crags are largely unclimbable and the first indoor competition of the season at the Ice Factor is looming, so it is time for the mental shift from one season to another.