Climbing the Corbetts – Scotland’s 2500ft Summits
I had a great weekend and travelled home yesterday as the hills on the West were still looking good and as I passed the Ben it had fresh snow on the hills. I was very sore from my walk on Saturday so it was an easy drive home. The temperature dropped to – 4 at the Cairngorms and the trees were frosted giving the hills a great Christmas feel about them. My neck is very sore after carrying my hill bag and as I have a busy week ahead it was the right thing to do. It is hard to miss out on another day the hills but you have to listen to your body at my age. I had a great day out on Saturday so it was worth the effort and I enjoyed the company and seeing a few pals who live locally. I was out with the Moray Club and it was a superb weekend in great company.
I enjoy reading about the mountains and always read about the hills before I go as no matter how much I think I know these hills you only touch the surface. A great source of information and inspiration is Hamish Brown’s and I love delving into his book Climbing the Corbetts as I did yesterday.
Hamish Brown is some man in 1974 he completed the Munros in one round and his book on his journey is a great one.
On 4 April 1974 he set off on his trip to complete all the Munro mountains in one trip. He completed the journey on 24 July, a journey of 112 days during which time he covered 1,639 miles, climbed 289 peaks and wore out three pairs of boots. He only used the Skye and Mull ferries and a bicycle as transport.
His 1974 journey was documented in the book Hamish’s Mountain Walk and this made him a household name among the walking fraternity, the book won an award from the Scottish Arts Council. He followed his Munros walk with the longest trip over the English, Irish and Welsh peaks, told in the book Hamish’s Groats End Walk. Brown also thought up the Ultimate Challenge (now called the TGO Challenge, after The Great Outdoors Magazine, not to be confused with the Australian series, which sponsors and organises the event), a fortnight-long endurance walk from coast-to-coast across Scotland – the book Scotland Coast To Coast is an account of a typical Challenge walk. Great Walking Adventure covered some of his more distant treks to Corsica, Norway, the Andes, Atlas
I love that book and his Climbing the Corbetts. There are so many gems in it and his descriptions are wonderful and I love reading each tale before I go out on each adventure and even better when I return his knowledge of our Scottish mountains is exceptional.
“A love of the Scottish hills doesn’t depend on the height of any summit but on an indefinable quality which the 2500ft plus hills have in abundance, perhaps even more than the Munros. This book describes one well-known mountaineer’s compact with the Corbetts, rich with anecdote, historical connections, and written with companionable enthusiasm. As with the Munros, the Corbetts will introduce the hill-goer to interesting new areas and islands – such as the Galloway hills, Applecross, Ardgour and Morven, extensive wilds ‘Beyond the Great Glen’, Arran, Jura, Rum and the Outer Isles, and gems like Ben Tee, Fuar Tholl, Cul Mor and Cul Beg, Foinaven and Arkle, The Merrick and The Clisham. Hamish is the perfect host to introduce this alluring Scottish game of Climbing the Corbetts. As with Hamish’s Mountain Walk and Hamish’s Groats End Walk, Climbing the Corbetts includes two sections of fabulous colour photographs.
I would recommend that these books should be in every Mountain walkers library.