Category Archives: Topography

The last snow in Scotland

You’d think, having just passed the age of 60, I’d have a bit more sense. But no, here I was in the dripping jaws of a Cairngorm gully, boots scraping on grit, slithering on moss, chilled fingers testing protruding rocks … Continue reading

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Walk out in the rain

I love the photo at the head of this post. It was one of several I put in a Facebook album and it was the one that got all the likes. Now the camera it was taken on was nothing … 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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The Living Mountain on the telly

When it comes to classic books about the Cairngorms, Seton Gordon normally comes top of the list for his long out of print ‘The Cairngorm Hills of Scotland’. It is an excellent book too, as is the equally inspiring ‘Charm … Continue reading

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Cairngorm treasure

In almost 50 years of wandering in the Cairngorms I’ve still to strike it rich. Nor have I met anyone else who has. Yet once the Cairngorms thronged with prospectors, seeking after crystals in the rocks which could – potentially … Continue reading

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