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24-hours on The Ben: a tale from furth of the Cairngorms

It was all so very long ago now. If you’d asked me I’d have ventured that it must be about 10 years ago, but a check of the guidebook shows it was longer – March 2001 in fact, when so … Continue reading

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Adam Watson: an appreciation

                                      I doubt if there has ever been such an expert on and advocate for the Cairngorms. Certainly there have been plenty … Continue reading

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A rubbish weekend in the Cairngorms

Just back from the hills after taking part in my first Real3Peaks ChallengeĀ litter pick, leaving Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm a cleaner place. What started five years ago as an event clearing up Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis expanded … Continue reading

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Vandalism and rubbish at Corrour Bothy

Bothy maintenance isn’t something for the easily discouraged. Just one week on from building a new toilet at Corrour Bothy we received a damage report. And worse still, it was deliberate – or at least reckless – damage. Just six … Continue reading

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New toilets for Corrour

Following extensive work over the first two weekends in September, the toilet at Corrour Bothy – closed since the end of June – has now been reopened. Other than that the number of seats has been doubled to four, and … Continue reading

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Real3Peaks comes to the Cairngorms

I’ve moaned often enough in this blog about rubbish left in bothies, and get just as annoyed seeing it scattered along paths and around the hills. So this year I decided to get involved in the Real3Peaks Challenge, a national … Continue reading

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Bridging the Dee at Corrour

Some time ago I wrote of the bridge-building activity in 1959, when several footbridges were constructed to replace existing structures past their best. Malcolm Douglas, the first Nature Conservancy Council warden on the Mar side of the Cairngorms, told how … Continue reading

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