A long weekend in more ways than one. The Moray Coastal Trail. Lecture in Avemore and Rescue on the Ben!

It will be a month since my operation and I had a hard weekend, I think my exertions down in Glencoe took there toll. Recovery is very slow and a bowel operation is not funny as I get all the usual jokes and  I will never take Health for granted. Healing in that area is very slow and I am so glad I live alone at times as at least I have privacy to cry in peace as I go to the loo! Anyway I am so glad to have so many good friends and after nearly a month since the operation it is still very slow going.   On my doorstep I have the coast and my daily short walks are the highlight of my day. The Moray trail goes by my village and the walk to the cliffs at Cummingston are a daily joy.  I meet so many characters enjoying this special place. The coastline and settlements of Moray are linked by a waymarked coastal trail of approximately 50 miles from Findhorn to Cullen and all the places between. The route can be extended from Findhorn to Forres along a section of cycle route.

Burghead Hopeman

With its marvellous landscapes from rugged cliffs, caves and sheltered coves to fishertown harbours and sweeping stretches of sandy beaches, Moray has a coastline alive with wildlife that would be the envy of many other regions in Britain. We also have the famous bothy in Burghead a great place to eat and drink. The walk has made a huge difference to the area and we get lots of visitors and locals enjoying the new path and views that everchange. I just wish that some dog walkers would clean up as there are plenty of bins about and it can spoil a grand walk!

This weeks Mountain Safety Lecture at the Mountain Cafe Aviemore - Wed 18 Feb bat 2000 hours if you want a meal book early

This weeks Mountain Safety Lecture at the Mountain Cafe Aviemore – Wed 18 Feb at 2000 hours if you want a meal book early.

I am preparing for my next wee chat at the  Mountain Cafe in Aviemore on Wed 18 Jan at 2000 hours. There are meals available from 1900 but I would book as they are very popular but you will still get into the lecture I am sure but let them know for numbers?  The contact is 01479812473 worth a call and the food is great. It is always a fun night and its sponsored by the Munro Society and the Mountaineering Council Of Scotland and there will be a collection for the local Cairngorm Team.

cAIRNGORM mRT

 

It has been two years since the tragic avalanche in the Cairngorms where 3 sadly lost their lives in the Chalamain Gap unfortunately I did not make the journey this weekend but a few friends did but will visit when I feel a bit better. The Lochaber Team have been busy again with the famous Tower Gap catching a few out as usual the team rose to the challenge and had a long cold but successful nights rescue on Valentines Night ( poor partners). This from the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Teams Facebook page

Lochaber MRT putting the ropes away after a successful nights Rescue. Photo Lochaber MRT. Superb job never take them for granted.

Lochaber MRT putting the ropes away after a successful nights Rescue. Photo Lochaber MRT. Superb job never take them for granted.

“A frigid night was spent last night on the summit of the Ben by the team. After receiving a call at 9pm from two climbers who had become crag fast after their ropes had become jammed while abseiling out of Tower Gap.
With a little assistance from R137 , 9 members were partially lifted up the hill and then continued to the top where a lower was set up. After reaching the climbers they were then assisted back up onto the ridge and eventually finished their route at 0400. After a quick tidy up everyone was keen to get moving especially those minding the ropes on top. After a long cold night we had all returned to base by 0630.
A very big thanks to all involved.
LMRT were also assisted by R177 early in the day to extricate a climber who had fallen and injured a shoulder in the Comb Gulley area.”

Tower Gap on the Rescue photo Lochaber MRT.

Tower Gap on the Rescue photo Lochaber MRT. What a way to spend Valentines night!

In the past I have been there helping some of my friends and on the odd Rescue it can be a wild place with the wind howling through. Tower Ridge Ben Nevis a special place but never in winter to be taken lightly. A superb job done as always by Lochaber MRT. What a way to spend Valentines day!  My thoughts are with the poor partners of the Mountain Rescue Teams!

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3 Responses to A long weekend in more ways than one. The Moray Coastal Trail. Lecture in Avemore and Rescue on the Ben!

  1. Roscoe says:

    Steady as you go Heavs-you’ll heal with time 😉

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