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.
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!
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.
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
“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.”
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!