Tag Archives: Garbh Choire

Into the Mountain: Garbh Choire Mor

  This article originally appeared in the excellent anthology ‘Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms’, edited by Anna Fleming and Merryn Glover.   A dished out hollow of snow, sharp, granite scree rising steeply before me, disappearing into a … Continue reading

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Walking through the (ice) ages

How far did the Devil’s Point stretch? It’s an odd question, but one that occurred to me one day as I sat on the side of Ben MacDui looking across Glen Dee at the rocky face of Bod an Deamhain, … Continue reading

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Renovation for Garbh Choire Refuge

It’s long past time I updated the position regarding the Garbh Choire Refuge. As readers of the Mountain Bothies Association magazine will know, Mar Lodge Estate has finally agreed to allow the shelter to be renovated. And all going well … Continue reading

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The five Cairngorm four-thousanders

What a day! From the wind-battered, closed-in isolation of the morning to the wide open afternoon with its views right out to the horizon and the cool, blue-sky evening cradled between the mountains, it was quality mountain day all the … Continue reading

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A glacier in the Cairngorms?

There seems to be something irresistible to many folk about having our very own glacier – even if it’s long gone. A professor at Dundee University made the headlines this week with a claim that Coire an Lochain in the … Continue reading

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Dicing with death above the eternal snows

The internet is a wonderful thing. And so are guide books. But between the pair of them they were nearly the death of me. I’d had a notion to go into the Garbh Choire of Braeriach and see the ‘permanent’ … Continue reading

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Support for the Garbh Choire Refuge

There was good news and not so good news this week for those who support the renovation of the Garbh Choire Refuge. The good news is that the Scottish Mountaineering Club is in favour of saving the refuge. Andy Nisbet, … Continue reading

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Refuting the case for destruction of Garbh Choire Refuge

I received a rather longer than usual response to the Garbh Choire Refuge page from George Allan, a member of the North East Mountain Trust. Rather cheekily, he includes a case for removing the refuge, presumably mistaking this for an impartial … Continue reading

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Return to the ‘Secret Howff’

Sometimes you wonder where all the years have gone. I took a friend up to the Secret Howff at the weekend. I knew I hadn’t been there for a while, but realised just how long it must have been when … Continue reading

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Cairn Toul – straight up

Haven’t been up to much recently, so I’ll use it as an excuse to tell you about a favourite wee route up a big hill. There’s no reason to avoid the ‘voie normale’ up Cairn Toul, up the back of … Continue reading

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