Archive for Mountains

Snow. In Africa?

Myself and Ewan went to Africa to see if we could find some snow!

SNOW. In AFRICA? from Misha somerville on Vimeo.

Winter arrives in the Cairngorms

Assynt. a frieze and a litany

Getting high with old friends. Somethings you never tire of.


Psychadelic mountain art

 Beinn Eighe from Spidean a’ Choire Leith, Liathach

 Errr…they’re very, um…. colourful!


More at


Testing 1,2,3…

After scuppering my knee  for a fair few months at the end of last summer. This weekend inadvertently brought the first proper impact test to the joint in question. Belting down the side of Buachaille Etive Mor knowing fine well what repercussions more than likely lay in store. To my surprise it had nothing to say to it what so ever!

So. No more excuses then eh! Better get the fitness back up to par! Bring on the mountains!

Oot yer Scratcher!

It might have been easyto languish in that weekend scratcher

thank goodness on dipping a toe in a puddle

the water’s current took us to land of it’s beginnings


Ben Nevis

Following a pretty full on week. I managed to escape Glasgow fairly early a few Saturdays past and headed for Ben Nevis. Then dashed back to Glasgow in time for a party. I have no recollection what that party was or what fate befell Sunday. But at least the mountain managed to help me redeem a little bit of my sanity, thanks for that Ben!

Beinn an Lochain


The Atlas

Far be it for me to destroy the grand Scottishness of the High 8  …but a high 8 deserves a high 8.





Back to the Homelands

Filmed in the hills above where i grew up in Kilmorack, Inverness Shire – a place where I’ve spent lots of time learning how to ride Mountain Bikes. When visiting family now, I still like to head out for a bike ride up in the backwoods of my old stomping ground. I thought it was about time a bit of it was captured behind a lens since it’s had such a big influence on my life. The trails are not particularly technical but very fast and flowing so great if you want to get some speed up… plus its a fantastic place to get a lung full of fresh air and a panoramic from the Moray firth to Glen Strathfarrar.


« Older Entries

About High-8

High-8 is a loose gathering of like minded adventurists who document first person, on the ground experiences with words, photos and film. The hope is to form a rough guide to outdoor adventure sports in Scotland and provide a warts and all, honest representation of what we find. No sport is excluded from mountaineering and mountain biking to gorge walking and kayak all are welcome and encouraged.


If you want to share some of your adventures just drop as an email and we'll register you on to the system.


Are you into facebook? Then hook up with us there...


We have compiled a list of usefull weather forecasts to help with planning trips. This list is designed to work on mobile phones, so it can be used when out in the wilds. Signal willing of course...

The Code

The Country Code, which most of us learned in school (and we probably haven't read since!), was updated in 2004 when it became the Countryside Code. Here's the updated version:
  • Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Consider other people
In Scotland, where there is a more general right of access, there also exists the Scottish Outdoor Access Code:
  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
  • Help farmers, landowners and others to work safely and effectively
  • Care for the environment
  • Keep your dog under proper control
  • Take extra care if you are organising a group, an event or running a business.
There's obviously a lot to to be learned from these - it's amazing how many people get out to enjoy the countryside but are still happy to leave it in a mess. Even with the recent updates, the Countryside Codes seem slightly outdated when considering the wider issues involved when lots of people get out into the countryside. Some places just can't handle high volumes of people, no matter how they behave and publicity, no matter how interesting or well-done , has the potential to attract lots of people to an area. Blogs including video, pictures or words, form part the the wider media which could easily contribute to tipping the balance, and so we as bloggers have to consider the implications of what we decide to post. Can the place we're writing about take more people, and if not, it might be wiser to leave maps, place names or grid references out of posts. In Scotland, the Mountain Bothies Association has been careful to protect the location of some Bothies due to mis-treatment and, in some cases, even malicious vandalism. That is not to say they would not advocate people using them - in fact, a well used, maintained and loved network of bothies exist, and the MBA as an organisation is there to encourage this. Some bothies are busier than others but generally it is the less remote places which are more susceptible to abuse - something which might be worth considering when deciding whether to post information. It must be said, in most cases it's obvious what should or shouldn't be publisiced, but it's worth taking these considerations to mind.

Please note: The Code is constantly being revised and added to. If you like to add something login in to the discussion on the forum.