There is more rain than even Noah could cope with, hiding in the bothy & great victory as giant wind farm blocked. Well done the John Muir Trust and the other Outdoor charities involved

There is more rain than even Noah could cope with, hiding in the bothy & great victory as giant wind farm blocked. Well done the John Muir Trust and the other Outdoor charities involved.

John Muir Quote-001

I am out with the Moray Mountaineering Club at Newtonmore and after an exciting drive last night over across the Dava Moor in the pouring rain and wind battering the car I wondered of my sanity. I stopped in Aviemore at the Happy Haggis chippy and had a great meal of fish and chips in the restaurant.  This café has been great over the years as after many wild calls – outs the RAF Teams would eat here and always had a great meals and service. The food was usually excellent and we  always had a soup  for a starter and then fish and chips for 30 please and plenty of tea and bread. Some great memories of days past and the odd visit with the family or a girlfriend thoroughly recommended chippy still.

It was then on the Strathspey Mountain Hostel at Newtonmore and I was glad to get in and sorted before the rest of the club arrived. There was a lot of flooding and it was a slow drive on the old A9 taking care in the dark. On arriving at Newtonmore it is a comfortable Hostel /bothy with an open fire and warm and perfect for a wet weekend. My pal Laurry runs it and it will be good to see him and the lovely Helen.

STRATHSPEY MOUNTAIN HOSTEL

STRATHSPEY MOUNTAIN HOSTEL

The rest of the club arrived at dribs and drabs all having driven in  exciting weather and the rain poured down all evening and night. It was a quite night by the Moray Club standards with only a bit of singing and music and I had an early night (after midnight). It was still raining in the morning and I went across the road for pancakes and bacon with Laurry and Helen, most of the club are out cycling and walking in the rain. I played my joker and I am catching up on my admin it has been a busy week, I have done enough days in the rain to see me for the rest of my life.

Flooding at Newtonmore

Flooding at Newtonmore

There was some interesting news that the huge industrial wind farm of 67 Turbines at Stron Larig has been blocked. The John Muir Trust and a collation of Outdoor Charities had asked for a judicial review after SSE won permission for the controversial project, to build the wind farm. The area that was to be used was in the Mondaliath Mountains on the Garrogie Estate above Fort Augustus.  It is incredible in my mind that the wind – farm has been blocked and what an effort by all the Charities involved.   Good news at last and the rain still pours down as I am now on my own in the bothy, everyone has gone do I feel guilty no way!

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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