BBC Interview, lecture on Thursday at Findhorn,friends and hills. A Man in Assynt!

I had a fairly steady weekend no hills again though I still  did a bit for the BBC on the Sea King Farewell Party that is cancelled at the end of the month. They came up and filmed and did a short piece on the radio.I suppose that’s me lost a lot of friends again but such is life and I felt it had to be said? I would appreciate any comments?

This week a good friend Al Gilmour  will be speaking at Findhorn in The Spirit Of Adventure Lecture on Thursday 26 th March at 1930 tickets can be gained at the door! Al is a mountain bike expert and head of Mountain Biking at Glenmore Lodge. He loves getting out on his bike, especially heading to the hills on longer distance trips and has completed the Great Divide 2. 768 miles from Banff in Canada to the Mexican Border. Hear all about his trip across Northern America in “Biking by Numbers”  These lectures raise money for a local Charity OUTFITMORAY  looking after local people and introducing them to the Outdoors!

Pete my mate came back with Jane from a few days up North West  and had a great few days on these incredible hills. They had a lovely day on Canisp (The White Hill)  and have some great photos of Suilven  that dominates this landscape. I miss those hills so much. The views that many accept and take for granted are as  Jane  who had never visited this far North  said ” there is almost too much to take in” How right she is what a vast landscape Assynt is a group of dramatic sandstone peaks that added to the remoteness and the light and sea makes this piece of Scotland so unique.

The view from the summit of Canisp ( the white hill ) To Suiliven in the North West. Photo Pete Greening March 2015

The view from the summit of Canisp ( the white hill ) To Suiliven in the North West. Photo Pete Greening March 2015

I was taken out for a meal last night the first meal out since before Christmas due to my illness. We went to Findhorn The Kimberly  an old haunt  and just as Pete and Jane arrived sky was magnificent what colours and light and my photo does not do it any justice.

March sunset over Burghead in Moray - Nature in full glory stunning !

March sunset over Burghead in Moray – Nature in full glory stunning !

Another friend was back in remote Knoydart and managed to climb her second last Munro Ladhar Bheinn getting to summit and having a great day in another incredible place. The enthusiasm of Rachael and her friends is amazing and I am so pleased for her and her pals who had an amazing trip over the weekend.  They had been a few weeks previously and had terrible weather but got the other two remote Munros Luinne Bheinn and Meal Buidhe done in wild weather.   Rachael’s enthusiasm is incredible and they had another adventure on these great mountains. Oh to be young again!!!!!

I go back to Aberdeen on Wednesday for another operation and just as I am starting to get a feel a bit better, I hope this operation goes well, we will see. I have to get out on these hills again running on empty as far as mountains go. Thanks for all the love and support!

This is for Jane – From A Man in Assynt

” Glaciers, grinding West, gouged out

these valleys, rasping the brown sandstone,

and left, on the hard rock below — the
ruffled foreland —
this frieze of mountains, filed
on the blue air — Stac Polly,
Cul Beag, Cul Mor, Suilven,
Canisp — a frieze and
a litany.”

Norman MacCaig - A Man in Assynt

Norman MacCaig – A Man in Assynt

Norman MacCaig



About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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