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nostalgia time in the Cairngorms
by mrssanta » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:49 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Mheadhoin, Cairn Gorm
Corbetts included on this walk: Meall a'Bhuachaille
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I hope the pictures will provide you with some amusement and fun. The quality isnt that great as they were taken on a fairly basic compact film camera. We carried huge rucksacks which were fairly new, I also had my brand new karrimat, but could only afford the short one and we didnt have a tent and couldn't afford to buy one, so decided to stay in bothies. They were marked by crosses on my brand new 1:25 000 OS map I got for my birthday, but we had absolutely no idea what they were like.
We took the bus to Braemar and stayed overnight at Inverey YH which is sadly no longer a hostel.
The first day we walked up Glen Derry into Coire Etchachan as far as the Hutchison Memorial Hut where we stayed the night. Our Grandpa who always had a story for every occasion told us of a time when he was training with his men during the war and they broke into Derry Lodge in a blizzard to find food and shelter, but we thought that was perhaps not the best idea. However we were happy with the shelter of the Hutchison Hut although it was rather draughty!
Outside the hut you can see pitched the first dome tent I ever saw. It belonged to a couple whom we called Mr and Mrs Beanfeast as they were eating a dehydrated product of that name which I have never seen before or since. We met them several times during our trip. We never found out their names, but they assured us a tent was much cosier and comfier than a bothy and they were probably correct.
The next day was not particularly lovely. we had intended to go up Ben Macdui, but the cloud was down when we reached Loch Etchachan and it was a thoroughly grotty day, so we decided instead to turn round and go over the top of Beinn Mheadhoin to spend the next night in the Fords of Avon Refuge.
It was fairly cosy in there as people kept arriving and by bedtime there were nine of us! that was the only night out of four that we had any bothy company. It was certainly not chilly that night.
The Fords of Avon Refuge was built in 1970 and was in good condition when we were there. It did fall into disrepair later and was happily rebuilt last August by a gallant crowd of folk and is now back to its former glory.
The next day was much better and we headed up the banks of Loch Avon, over the Saddle and up to the top of Cairngorm with great views.
Our destination for the night was Ryvoan Bothy. This was our favourite bothy of the trip as it was fairly draught free and had a nice comfy wooden floor.
It was in a lovely spot too.
The next day was the purpose of our trip. We set off from Ryvoan and went up to a summit, I didn't remember which one but I posted the picture on the general forum and Gaffr tells me it is Meall a' Buaichaille.
From there we went through the Ryvoan Pass and the woods around Loch Morlich, through the Chalamain Gap and into the Lairig Ghru.
this was a fabulous day. we stayed that night at Corrour, which as you will see was only half the bothy it is nowadays since the addition of the toilet facilities. I think it has been much improved since we were there by the addition of panelling, but the window sill was very handy for our stove.
the next day was our last and we took our walk back via the Dee back for a nice shower and a comfy bed at Inverey again before heading back to Braemar and the bus.
As we walked in to Braemar we were passed in the opposite direction by a Landrover to whose occupants we waved in a friendly manner, as one does in these parts, and they waved back, as one does. My wee brother piped up "That was Prince Charles and Princess Di we just waved to"
Well fancy that!!!
Nowadays I snap away with my camera the whole time, but then I was very careful not to waste film. I'm so glad for my waterproof digital camera these days as I think I get better pictures, mostly because I can take dozens!
Hope you enjoyed this blast from the past.
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Love this report, memories of young people enjoying the outdoors. Well done to all of you
Ps No one is laughing at your pictures, I like them. I also remember tin mugs (and plates and bowls), also these sleeping bags and rucksacks.
By the way, Charles and Di might have stopped to offer you a lift
by dogplodder » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:35 am
mrssanta wrote: Nowadays I snap away with my camera the whole time, but then I was very careful not to waste film. I'm so glad for my waterproof digital camera these days as I think I get better pictures, mostly because I can take dozens!
Hope you enjoyed this blast from the past.
Enjoyed it very much! I for one think your photos are great and capture such wonderful memories. There's something so evocative about those 80s clothes and hair styles!
Interesting about waving to the Royals. Having climbed the Cairngorm in the 1930s, my mother and her friend tried to hitch a lift back to Aviemore station. They thumbed an approaching black car which when it got close enough they realised was flying the royal standard and inside was no less that the king himself! He didn't offer them a lift but he did give them a very nice wave! Then in 1981 a friend was walking along the side of Loch Muick and met Charles and Di. He said he had wondered why he was being watched by individuals with binoculars on his walk over from Glen Doll! He said Di seemed so child-like, dancing along the path in front of the more sedate HRH - an astute observation considering how that panned out.
by Gavin99 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:55 am
by SMRussell » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:11 am
by gaffr » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:30 am
by Morecambe Monkey » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:20 am
by Collaciotach » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:51 am
Grand Report .. Nuair a bha sin óg !
by Bod » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:47 am
by dooterbang » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:19 pm
At times i wish i had found the hills in my younger days...but i'm making up for lost time.
Bet your glad yous kept them shirts and jumpers...retro is all the rage now
by jimandandrea » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:07 pm
Loved it. Thanks.
by mrssanta » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:31 pm
Gaffr, maybe it was you who was Mr Beanfeast!
My brother still has that fair isle jumper which he wears when he is on holiday.
And my red socks were knitted by my own fair hand, I have them still, but I don't wear them much as loop pile ones are much comfier.