Author Archives: cairngormwanderer

Protect NTS ranger and ecology services

This isn’t a usual blogpost. As a consequence of the coronavirus lockdown and lost income, the National Trust for Scotland is looking at making a number of redundancies, including rangers and ecologists, which will seriously affect their ability to look … Continue reading

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Covid dreams 20: The breathtaking places

There are some places that are simply breathtaking. Loch Avon, in its deep, rocky-sided trench, is one of them. From most approaches it appears suddenly: a jewel in a perfect setting. There are so many viewpoints around the cirque of … Continue reading

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Covid dreams 19: The carefree days

‘Lithgae’ Jim Wright is caught mid-leap. A hill from the daft days. A hill started by walking away and sneaking round the back. A hill climbed by hiding from the views until the last. If you want to climb Beinn … Continue reading

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Covid Dreams 18: Traverse of the Gods

It’s one of the most magnificent panoramas and one of the finest walks in Scotland, from Cairn Toul round to Braeriach. ¬†Six kilometres of almost continuous cliff runs between the two summits, broken by only a handful of routes where … Continue reading

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Covid Dreams 17: Where sky and mountains meet

What jumps out first is the cloud-dappled sky… until you realise there’s land where there could be none and there’s a momentary sense of dislocation until you realise it’s not sky, nor even the reflection of clouds, but a frozen … Continue reading

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Covid Dreams 16: Vertical pleasures

Another dip into the past, going back to 1996, when Colin McGregor and I climbed Squareface, the classic V Diff route in the Garbh Choire of Beinn a Bhuird. The angle is deceptive here – it’s always hard to capture … Continue reading

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Covid Dreams 15: Glory and madness

It’s hardly seasonal but what the heck. This must be close on 30 years ago but I remember still how blown away we were by the sheer, in your face glory of it all. I don’t recall why we weren’t … Continue reading

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Covid Dreams 14: Light in Glen Derry

I love the light in this photograph: the clarity of the air, the glow of the sunlit pines; in the distance, the cloud thinning and lifting to reveal a first dusting of snow on the tops, the sun catching the … Continue reading

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Covid Dreams 13: Tree on a treeless hill

This ‘tree’ caught me by surprise one day as I was climbing from Meall Tionaill to Geal Charn, in the hills between the Bynack Burn and Glen Ey. The hillsides and corries may be shorn of trees by the deer, … Continue reading

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Covid Dreams 12: The A Team

After a few landscape photos, a nice cheery one of my mates. These guys are the A Team – some of it anyway – the core of the Eastern area of the MBA and the Friends of Bob Scott’s, who … Continue reading

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