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Ashie Brebner: Secret Howff builder, 1935-2018

Sad news came this week that Allister ‘Ashie’ Brebner, the last surviving member of the group who built the legendary ‘Secret Howff’ in the Cairngorms, has died. Ashie had only recently written an excellent memoir of his exploits in the … Continue reading

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Book review: Beyond the Secret Howff, by Ashie Brebner

The Secret Howff is such a part of Cairngorm lore that it’s difficult to remember that until relatively recently so few people knew anything about it other than it existed… somewhere. Now Ashie Brebner, the last remaining member of the … Continue reading

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Going beyond the Secret Howff

Anyone who has been to the Secret Howff, and many who have just heard of it, will know the name Ashie Brebner. The last remaining builder of the legendary howff, Ashie has finally decided to tell his story. Published by … 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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Cairngorm memories on the BBC

Just a quick post to recommend a BBC Radio Scotland programme. ‘Our Lives’ episode 5 was about the Deeside Cairngorms, with particular mentions of the Slugain Howff and Bob Scott and his bothy. Some great reminiscences about the Howff from … Continue reading

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