Thanks for all those who turned out for my lecture at The Mountain Cafe in Aviemore, it was a full house and a great crowd so many old friends. The meal was, as always great superb food and cakes and after the meal the fun starts as we turn the area into a lecture venue. There are always a few worried people especially the visitors as the tables are moved outside and the seating is changed. It was packed and all seemed to go well, Heather and Duncan and friends pulled all the stops out and it was soon done.
The night was sponsored by the Munro Society and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland so many thanks to them for their great support in Mountain Safety. The Munro Society is a great organisation which does a lot also for the Mountain Environment.
The weather was wild and I was having a bad day feeling pretty rough I did manage a short walk just before dusk before the lecture. I wandered up to the ski area and the winds were wild, there were a few very brave people sledging and a few more digging snow holes in the shelter of a big snow drift near the lower near the car park! We went lower down to Loch Morlich and its incredible sandy beach with a black sky and the wind powering through the great trees. We only walked for about 30 minutes but it was great to get the feel of wind in your face again and the views of the hills shedding the snow in the thaw are as always impressive. The rivers looked high with the melt water and we moved off the lovely beach at Loch Morlich into the shelter of the huge fir trees. The wind was now moving the high branches a powerful reminder of Nature at its best.
It was a fun night as I said a great crowd many friends turned up on a wild night to support me. I was pretty tired and the drive back across the Dava Moor was enjoyable and we so no other cars on the road. I was soon home after dropping Bernie off in Forres, car unpacked and then straight to bed pretty tired after a long day.
“The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains – mountain dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature’s workshops.”