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The Little Things

The Little Things


Postby OpenC » Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:21 pm

This is to celebrate the little things that make this hobby a good one. Not getting your 200, not climbing the inpin; the little things.

A couple to start:

That feeling when your ears pop on the descent and all of a sudden you can hear the full bassy glory of the wind and the streams and the waterfalls. I'm sure the pressure differential is not too significant but I'm also sure it's not just me that this happens to. A small reminder that you're pushing yourself, if only a bit, into the realm of the birds and the aeroplanes :)

Also that time of year when only the very highest summits are pure shimmering white, so you can spot a barely overtopping munro in a panorama which you never noticed it in before :)
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Re: The Little Things

Postby Navvarr » Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:40 pm

That feeling when you're out on a clear blue sky day, walking in the crisp cold snow and ice with your crampons on and a panoramic 360 degree view around you.
You feel you could walk and just not stop.
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Re: The Little Things

Postby BobMcBob » Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:52 pm

Stopping high up by a waterfall, filling a bottle with cold fresh water and drinking way more than you need.
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Re: The Little Things

Postby OpenC » Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:16 pm

Those are both exactly right, aye :) keep them coming. Waterfall one makes me think specifically of the Red Burn coming off Nevis
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Re: The Little Things

Postby Luke88 » Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:17 pm

I adore coming round the side of Carn aM'haim to see Corrour bothy in the distance. I recall the first time I saw it and the excitement it brought.

Similarly, seeing the car after a 30k day, HEAVEN
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Re: The Little Things

Postby Senja » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:14 am

Noisy grouse on a frosty morning.
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Re: The Little Things

Postby Caberfeidh » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:34 am

Smelling the wood-smoke when you're still a mile from the bothy in the dark and frost...

*assuming this is not the smell of the bothy burning down. :shock:
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Re: The Little Things

Postby Sabbathstevie » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:25 pm

The fresh, sweet scent of Scots Pine and heather. Most noticeably in Rothiemurchus but occurs in lots of places. For me, that smell is a sensory trigger for a happy day
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Re: The Little Things

Postby rockhopper » Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:54 pm

.....the rain starting 10 minutes after the tent has been erected instead of 10 minutes before
.....not finding any hidden, embedded rocks under the sleeping mat
.....one minute thinking you'll be in clag for the day then the next minute coming out of it to an inversion
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Re: The Little Things

Postby jacob » Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:57 pm

Peanutbutter sandwiches.
The quiet, almost holy moment of concentrated staring at the boiler when it's almost boiling, for your cup of tea or bouillon.
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Re: The Little Things

Postby rgf101 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:26 pm

Just-for-you flybys courtesy of the RAF.

Rushing to get the tent up and food cooked before the light fails, then ending up with half an hour to sit and watch the sunset.
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Re: The Little Things

Postby meangarry » Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:41 pm

Enjoying your warm flask of soup, hidden from the wind behind a dyke on a bitterly cold winters day.
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Re: The Little Things

Postby OpenC » Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:57 pm

Taking a chance on not putting the waterproofs on as the cloud advances toward you, and getting away with it :)
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Re: The Little Things

Postby dtr42 » Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:59 pm

turning round to your walking partners to say "looks like broken spectre weather" just as the broken spectre appears
or my favourite touching the cairn on the hill your walking
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Re: The Little Things

Postby BobMcBob » Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:37 pm

Sitting drinking tea, watching the shadows of the clouds move across the view, waiting for that perfect photo moment.

Actually, this isn't a little thing for me, it's the main reason I do it :)
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