Category Archives: Stravaiging

From failure to magic in the Cairngorms

In the Cairngorms even the failed weekends can turn out to be memorable – and for all the right reasons too. I’d set out from work on Friday, heading up to Bob Scott’s Bothy with the intention of going out to … Continue reading

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A sense of wonder

There were so many reasons not to be out there this day. On the ground the first big dump of snow of the winter had come, but the inevitable thaw had started already and on the way up Glen Derry … Continue reading

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‘Finniscoor’: an endless feast

When I was a bairn my father and uncle referred to it as Finniscoor, having picked that name up from some of the local keepers. Properly, Feith na Sgor (bog stream of the peaks) is the large, open corrie to … Continue reading

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Under the summer snows

At last – the fabled ice tunnels of the Feith Buidhe slabs. It was a long journey. About a month ago I’d been over in that area with a friend and climbed from Loch Avon to the plateau and Carn … Continue reading

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Summer snow and rough waters on Macdui

Macdui was busy on Saturday. When I reached the summit cairn there must have been at least twenty folk there and lots more approaching and leaving. One group on their way off was a party led by Simon from Cairngorm … Continue reading

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Winter is gone… Long live winter!

Glorious! Absolutely glorious. Just when you reach that stage when the bite’s gone from winter but it won’t quite let go and allow spring to move up the hill, along comes a weekend like this: two absolutely classic winter mountaineering … 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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