Category Archives: Stravaiging

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 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 10: A sense of scale

As ever, in the Cairngorms, where the glens splitting the great plateaux can become almost invisible, it’s the sense of space and of scale that overwhelms. This was the day I did the five four-thousand feet mountains of the Cairngorms. … Continue reading

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