Her name was Mary

Mum. Rest in Peace. Women of a lesser God.

(….or why not to blog)

Twitter Hill Trolls (Some of these accounts have locked or run off to Mastodon).

geoffcrowther1 Geoff Crowther
chrissiepebbles Chrissie Crowther 
bpackingbongos James Boulter

walkhikeaholic  Ria Akster
shaunbades Shaun Bades
dribelad Dale Bird
wellycath Cath
brendadawn2 Brenda Dawn Linney
aroundthehills Judith
aktovate1 Gordon
knipemike Mike Knipe
hillplodder Matthew King
backpackartist Matthew King
nigep Nigel Parrish
storm_imaging Craig Cooke
bobsleigh284 Rob Slade
tdobson Tim Dobson
daffodil01chase Fran
seanhdly Sean Hedley
dpm67 D Phipp-MacIntyre
alansloman Alan Sloman
fellbound David Williams
Weegiewalker June Moon
beavo77 Andrew Beavers

Screenshots available.

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There is a name for people like this, but it is not printable here. Someone has already leaked my refuge address to the people I was rescued from by a women’s charity, so it’s just all got out of control. If I find out who this is, they will be reported to the police I’m afraid. Someone seems to have had the insane idea that I would want to have any kind of communication with the guilty parties.

Please note that I completely stopped reporting any historic issues in February 2020 after my father passed away and my refuge address was leaked. I mean what could go wrong, right? This and various other issues have theoretically been between the police and my solicitor – and NOT the U.N., the army, the airforce or the navy – since 2017.

Note: All my blog notifications are switched off.

“Beauty and the missing 45%”.

Bad Apples

One of the things that my discussions with various people about trolling has made me realise, is that it is important to remember why you started writing.

So, the reasons for starting this blog in 2012 were manifold; I love walking and the countryside, where my walking started over 20 years ago. I also wanted to learn about wild camping, to set myself some outdoor challenges and to celebrate the lives of friends and family I had lost.

Because of a little gang of hill trolls on Twitter, who maliciously targeted every walk I did – walks to remember my beloved mum, two of my cousins, my aunt and my tutor – my aims are now more selfish. I am focusing on work, self care, and rediscovering my love of the outdoors, without censoriousness from these trolls, who seem to flourish on Twitter. They believe they know best about everything. but I can’t help noticing that the people who really do know best about the outdoors hardly ever behave like this. 

I have struggled to name the people involved for some reason, so, in the interests of other women and girls in the outdoor community, the ringleaders were “retired teacher” and “family man” Geoff Crowther (FarnotFast, geoffcrowther1), “retired teacher” Chrissie Crowther (ChrissieDixie, Woofbags, chrissiepebbles) and “homelessness advocacy worker” James Boulter (Backpackingbongos, bpackingbongos). Screenshots are available.

Her name was Mary 💐

Seizing the day

Although this continues to be a terrible period for many people, the vaccines and the lockdowns seem to be giving the people in Edinburgh an opportunity to reclaim their city for a while. Last week I realised that I may never see places like the Royal Mile without crowds again, so I have been exploring the old town.

Rosie 🌹

International Women’s Day

Happy hiking to women walkers on this International Women’s Day 🌹

Rob Roy Way near Aberfoyle, Scotland

Walking on the Wild Side

For out of town readers, Edinburgh and most of Scotland is in full lockdown again. All residents must stay at home and only go out for essential journeys and local exercise. All photos posted since the first lockdown, and any posted in the coming weeks, are taken during permitted exercise in my local area, as I don’t have a car, and haven’t used buses for quite a while.

As a distraction, these are some pics of the city gradually being reclaimed or re-wilded by nature, as ground maintenance contracts ground to a halt last Spring. I have found something uplifting about watching this process and seeing the distinction between town and country blurring just a little.

Respite Routes

I have added two new sections to my Edinburgh walks called City Strolls and Leith Loping which began with some of my lockdown walks around the city. They are mainly linear routes under 5 miles which could be made longer by returning to your starting point. They would suit anyone who just wants to get out of the house for exercise and a bit of vitamin D. These routes avoid busy roads as much as possible, and are all accessible by public transport or on foot.

Don’t forget to refresh your website links with my new domain rucksackrosie.wordpress.com with an i.

Rosie with an i

FYI I am now Rucksack Rosie with an i, rather than Rucksack Rose on all my sites, so the link to my website has changed to rucksackrosie.wordpress.com just because it feels friendlier somehow. I am not a tech specialist but this may mean you will need to refresh your website links. Otherwise I am gradually editing the links in my blog so that they continue to work. If you find any broken links let me know. Thanks for your continued company.

Scottish Day Walks

For information, I have divided up my Scottish day walks into geographical walks and themed walks.

Under geographical walks so far there are some new sections entitled Border Beats, Edinburgh Exploits, City Strolls and Leith Loping. Under themed walks there is a section called Perthshire Protection about outdoor conservation work.

Looking across towards the Cairngorms from the Speyside Way near Aviemore

Obviously the walks I can do at the moment are limited by the present restrictions, but they may appeal to other people in the same situation.

Exploring Edinburgh

Although these are strange and difficult times, there is some consolation in having the time to explore Edinburgh more – away from the main thoroughfares. It is a such a good way of keeping things in perspective.

Take it Home

Most outdoor people and bloggers want everyone to enjoy the outdoors, but please respect the places that you go walking, whether it is the local park or the countryside.

Check the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for Scotland or the Countryside Code for England. Leave no trace of your visit so that you don’t spoil a day out for the next visitors. If you always remember to take a few rubbish bags out with you, it is easy to take your rubbish home with you after your walk. Simples.