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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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Luibeg Bridge 1 and 2: the Bill Ewen photos

I’ve written before about the life and times of the Luibeg Bridge but have just had made available some great photos of its construction, destruction and reconstruction. (Pictures come courtesy of Alasdair Ewen, who sent them from his grandfather Bill … Continue reading

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Historic Corrour Bothy images

Some images from the original Corrour Bothy work party appeared recently on Facebook, courtesy of Alasdair Ewan, grandson of Bill Ewen, who took them in 1950, when the Cairngorm Club rescued the building from collapse. I wrote about Bill Ewen … Continue reading

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