Remembrance

According to the Peace Pledge Union, the white poppy symbol represents ‘remembrance for all victims of war, a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to glamorise or celebrate war’. White poppies were first produced in 1933 by the Women’s Co-operative Guild.

Peace Cranes at St John’s Church, Edinburgh to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Foot problems

Whether through overuse or underuse during lockdown, my Plantar Fasciitis has flared up again leading to laser treatment and the need for rest. If you have not had this before, it can be excruciatingly painful and difficult to treat. Anyway because of it, things are quiet on the walking front, although I did manage to take part in the COP26 March in Glasgow along with over 100,000 others, which was a rare moment of uplift this year.

BTW I am not really this shape

I hope to be out and about again soon. Happy Hiking.

Viewranger Update

As Viewranger seems to have stopped recording routes properly, I will be switching exclusively to Outdooractive (as Rucksack Rosie) to record future routes. It would seem that people are gradually moving over to this app anyway. You will currently find over 70 published routes there, arranged into 5 different regional collections, including Northumberland, Edinburgh, Leith and the Scottish Borders. Although there has not been much route recording during the pandemic, there are some short lockdown strolls.

Outdooractive Routes.

If you have any queries about this, there is information about subscriptions on the Outdooractive website and the link to my Rucksack Rosie profile is in the sidebar.

Bad Apples

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

I began this blog because I love walking and the countryside, which is where my walking started over 20 years ago. My aims now are more selfish as I need to focus on work and on self care. I also hope to rediscover my love of the outdoors without censoriousness from the little mob of hill trolls who seem to flourish on Twitter, and who believe they know best about everything. 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 these hill trolls for some reason, so, in the interests of other women in the outdoor community, the ringleaders were retired “family man” Geoff Crowther (FarnotFast), “retired teacher” Chrissie Crowther (ChrissieDixie) (Woofbags) and “homelessness advocacy worker” James Boulter (Backpackingbongos). Other names and screenshots available on request.

Changes

I have always tried to involve readers in decisions about this blog, but the poll regarding which navigation app I should use was inconclusive.

Because I need to focus on work after a period of settling in to my new home in Scotland, I will be shifting back to the free wordpress plan, so you may notice some changes from the end of this month when my domain will revert to rucksackrosie.wordpress.com. All being well I hope to continue writing up my long distance walking here in this beautiful country.

Rucksack Rosie – First Avatars 2012.

Viewranger or Outdooractive?

I have been experimenting with both navigation apps for the last six months on my Edinburgh Exploits, City Strolls and Leith Loping routes which are regularly added to. The difference is that if I continue to record routes on Viewranger, they can easily be synched with Outdooractive, but people don’t get the additional features for creators or users. If I record my routes on Outdooractive, then Viewranger becomes a thing of the past. This leaves people who use my routes there to have access to my historic routes only, unless they move across to Outdooractive.

A quick reminder that Viewranger had two subscription tiers – Free and Premium, whereas Outdooractive has three subscription tiers – Basic, which is free, Pro, or Pro Plus. Further information is available on their websites. Remember also that the Viewranger app is no longer updating but is retaining existing routes.

To help me make the decision about which app to choose, or whether to struggle on with both, I have created this poll which will remain open until the 31st August 2021 after which I will announce the results. I welcome your views in the poll and via the moderated comments as I know some users, including myself, are still feeling cheesed off with losing their Viewranger maps bought in good faith.

Warning: Location based apps may be abused by gang stalkers.

..and breathe

Finally, after months of lockdown walking in and around the city (see Edinburgh Exploits, City Strolls and Leith Loping)) I finally made it back into the hills outwith Edinburgh for the first time since the end of February last year, and what a relief it was! My cabin fever had become really severe, and I did often dream of just taking off with my backpack. Sense finally prevailed following a nightmare in which I was featured in the tabloid papers as a dangerous miscreant.

Anyway, I hope you are surviving, and here are some pics of my walk with friends in Midlothian this week – which is a start.

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 and added some short central walks to my City Strolls on Outdooractive.

I hope you will enjoy these short walks as the restrictions are lifted from tomorrow. Remember to follow the guidelines and leave no trace.

Rosie 🌹

International Women’s Day

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

Rob Roy Way near Aberfoyle, Scotland

Outdooractive app

As followers will know, I have been uploading my routes on to the ViewRanger app for several years. Apparently ViewRanger has now merged with the Outdooractive app, which is available from all the usual places. There are three subscription tiers on the new app – Basic which is free, Pro and Pro Plus. Further details are available on their website.

Apparently Viewranger routes will remain with them indefinitely, but I have now synchronised my routes onto the new app and will run both in tandem for the time being. I hope walkers will benefit from having the choice until I am able to compare the two apps more.

I wish them well at Outdooractive. Links to both sites can be found in the sidebar of this blog and on YouTube, and for Viewranger read Viewranger or Outdooractive in my blogposts. Thanks. 🌹