Category Archives: People

Reviewed: Old Deeside Ways, by Ian Murray

It’s been out a few months now, but I only recently came across Old Deeside Ways, the latest book by Ian Murray in his fascinating series of books on the oral history of the Cairngorms and Deeside. Notable for their … Continue reading

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Lochnagar… almost

The great thing about heading for the hills is that even your failures can turn in great days. Last weekend I was bound for Lochnagar, to the Gelder Shiel for the area meeting of the MBA. You’ll all be absolutely … Continue reading

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The legendary Aitken’s Morning Roll bothy ballad

The more alert of you will have noticed that a YouTube link to the documentary Bothy Life appeared on this blog a few days ago – and quickly disappeared again. Frustrating, I know, especially for foreign readers who can’t get … Continue reading

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The Fool on the Hill

Ach, it’s all been a bit serious on here the last few posts, so here’s a wee bit of  light relief – a tale from the early years of this century when I still thought I was a climber and … Continue reading

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Bygone Cairngorm bothy photos

I’ve been sitting on some of these photos for a while now, mostly sent in by George Adams and Colin Campbell, always waiting for the context to use them. Then one of the comments after Ashie Brebner’s skiing article remarked … Continue reading

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Skiing the Black Spout of Lochnagar in 1954

Ashie Brebner is best known as one of the people who built the Slugain Howff in the Cairngorms – the fabled ‘Secret Howff’ of many a hill quest. However he was also almost certainly the first person to ski down … Continue reading

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Cairngorm skiing – the traditional way

This winter, as in a number of winters before, I’ve toyed with the idea of getting skis again. Not to go back to the crowded slopes of Glenshee and Cairngorm which I went to as a teenager, way back in … Continue reading

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