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Meindl Comfort Fit Boots and Trento GTX Review

  I've decided to make this review slightly different and sort of a "two in one". I'm going to start off by talking about the Meindl Comfort Fit boots in general, what they are and why they are beneficial, and then I'll give you a review of the exact Comfort Fit boots...

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Beinn Chabhair, Beinn a’ Chroin and An Caisteal

These Munros are often tackled separately with Beinn Chabhair being hiked as one and Beinn a'Chroin and An Caisteal both together. I decided to do all three in the one hike seeing as they are so close together. I also thought Chabhair looked like quite an uninspiring...

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Scotland’s Mountains

Stuchd an Lochain and Meall Buidhe: Munros From Giorra Dam

This hike doesn't win the award for the most exciting in the area but, like so many mountains in Scotland, the view from both summits make it worth the slog. It's a long drive along some isolated and winding roads so I would definitely recommend doing the two peaks in...

Beinn a’ Chreachain, Beinn Achaladair and Beinn Mhanach: An Unconventional Route

This hike was a bit of a monster in terms of distance but don't let the length of it put you off. The vast majority of the miles were along the flat forestry track we took to get to the hills. We happened to get an absolutely stunning day for November so the views...

Beinn Chabhair, Beinn a’ Chroin and An Caisteal

These Munros are often tackled separately with Beinn Chabhair being hiked as one and Beinn a'Chroin and An Caisteal both together. I decided to do all three in the one hike seeing as they are so close together. I also thought Chabhair looked like quite an uninspiring...

Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh: Bridge of Orchy Munros

Beinn Dorain’s conical peak is one of the first that you see as you are driving into Glencoe from the south. While not one of Glencoe's most exciting hikes (you tend to go up and come down the same route) the mountains still have character and the views of Rannoch...

Ben Lomond Hike: Scotland’s Southernmost Munro

  If you’ve heard of only one Munro, then Ben Lomond is probably it. The Ben Lomond hike is one of Scotland's most popular and you’ll be doing very well to get this one all to yourself. If you want the combination of stunning views with peace and tranquillity (one of...

Bynack More: Solo Peak In The Cairngorms

  While perhaps not being the most popular hike in the area, Bynack More is a spectacular viewpoint with vistas of the rest of the Cairngorm mountains to the south, and over all of Moray to the north. The mountain displays its real character from the north where it...

The Infamous Liathach Ridge in Torridon

Unlike any other set of mountains, the Liathach ridge in Torridon is regarded by many as one of the best mountaineering spots in the UK. It's a Munro experience unlike any other and is a hike that will remain etched in your memory. Liathach is a massive hunk of rock...

Beinn Alligin Hike in Torridon

Chances are you've heard about Torridon's famous ridge walks and the Beinn Alligin hike is one of these. This is the shortest and probably the most beginner friendly. It offers some of the most stunning views in the country and certainly earns its name,...

Meall Dubh: Corbett in Glen Moriston

This is not to be confused with Meall Dubh the Graham which is up near Ullapool. Meall Dubh the Corbett is situated in Glen Moriston and is the first significant peak on the road to the iconic Glen Shiel. The hike itself is not very exciting with a lot of...

Climbing Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm

Ben Macdui is Scotland and the UK's second highest mountain which makes it popular among tourists and hikers alike. I ended up climbing Ben Macdui on a warm summer's day and it's one of the busiest mountains I've been up in Scotland. This route is a great...

Gear Reviews

Meindl Comfort Fit Boots and Trento GTX Review

  I've decided to make this review slightly different and sort of a "two in one". I'm going to start off by talking about the Meindl Comfort Fit boots in general, what they are and why they are beneficial, and then I'll give you a review of the exact Comfort Fit boots...

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Superfeet Green Insoles Review: King Of Insoles

  Do you often find you have aching knees after a long hike? Do you get shooting foot pains and a persistent sore foot for days after a long day in the mountains? Are your boots maybe slightly too voluminous on the inside and you need something to reduce this volume...

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Midge Head Nets: Why They Are Essential

I used to be quite complacent but nowadays when I go out hiking or into the wilderness in the summer months, I make sure one of my midge head nets is the first thing in my pack. Yeah, it's that season yet again. Those beastly little devils are back with a vengeance...

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Best Lightweight Hiking Boots of 2018

  There are plenty of 'best lightweight hiking boots' reviews out there and I often find that most of them are quite different. The weight range varies so much that the top end of the scale tends to not be 'lightweight boots' at all. In this review, I make sure every...

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Stephen

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Hi there, I’m Stephen!

I created In Shape Explorer with the goal of giving you tips and inspiration relating to my main passions: travelling/exploring while staying healthy and in shape! The current focus is hiking in Scotland but I’ll soon be adding more travel and health-related content!