Yesterday I had to go to Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms it was a stunning day. I have been out of action with a virus and a recurring health problem. I am rattling with penicillin and decided not to cancel. The drive was invigorating I had plenty of time and the views as always got better and better, blue skies and from the Dava Moor near Grantown On Spey the Cairngorms were plastered in snow. I stopped at the Jesus Stone ( someone had painted out “Jesus says Yes” on the big boulder) is this a sign for the Referendum? The hills looked magnificent and as I went by the Spey I could see what looked like plumes of spindrift on some of the tops, it must be windy in the Corries and summits. As I loser got closer it was definitely looking impressive on the hill, the back road is a lovely way to go away from busy Aviemore and great views of the river and the mountains. Loch Morlich is always worth a stop and it was a bit winder and the new snow had brought the Cairngorms back to winter. The ducks were hunkered down and there were a few people about enjoying the sun, the views always changing in the light made me so want to get out and have a wander. Still feeling rough I sat and enjoyed it all from the comfort of the car and thought of all those battling out on the hills. It looks so peaceful down at Loch Morlich I bet goggles were being used to good effect on the hill.
I arrived at Glenmore and had a short walk in was a wonderful day and in the trees it was sheltered from the wind. All this one hour from home and even though feeling not great the sun and wind makes you feel better, how do people cope without these facilities. Those who live in cities and have such limited scope on their doorstep have my sympathy. I met two friends after my wander Big Al who had just cycled from Nairn and then had a grand wander on the Corbett – Meall A Buachaille then cycle back to Nairn and Paul who had been at the Lodge for a less energetic massage! I felt such a lazy old git. As we chatted in the sun I noticed that the Ben Humble Garden at Glenmore Lodge was getting renovated and that was a great thing to see. Ben Humble was another of my pioneer heroes a sound Mountaineer but also a pioneer of Mountain Rescue in Scotland and the book below is a great read. I wrote a piece on the great man on my blog 1 November 2012.
The Voice of the Hills – Ben Humble – a great read.
Benjamin Hutchison Humble M.B.E,
Bennie to close family and friends, was born in Dumbarton in 1903. He lived at Rose Cottage in Arrochar from 1960 to 1970 when he moved to Aviemore and built a new home, Feithlinn, overlooking the Cairngorms. He was a prolific author and a noted Scottish climber who was involved in the early development of mountain rescue and in the formation of The Mountain Rescue Committee for Scotland, serving as it’s accident recorder for over 30 years.“In memory of Ben Humble, MBE, who created this Alpine garden in the shadow of the hills he loved so well. A pioneer of mountain rescue in Scotland and for many years a voluntary instructor at Glenmore Lodge – 16-4-77″
Well done to the Glenmore Lodge for the work being done on the garden and also the new seating outside for all to sit and enjoy the mountain environment and one of the best views in Scotland. I also visited the Avalanche Service Office and met Mark Diggins and the “Avalanche Angel” Kathy just off the hill after doing the Avalanche report for the wild Cairngorms. We must never take what they do for granted and the Scottish Avalanche Service is something to be proud of. Winter is definitely not over and please keep reading the Weather and Avalanche reports if you venture out.
I am so jealous! I must be feeling better.