I was looking at the hills today as I drove down to see a pal in Aviemore. It was a wonderful view. The Cairngorms were stunning with the snow plastered and the ice shinning in the Larig Gru. I was meeting Rusty Bale who was up from Wales to instruct the RAF Mountain Rescue Winter Course. Rusty was a young Team member when I was the Team leader. A sound mountaineer and good pal. We must have trained him well?
We were on Everest together and he and Dan summited. Its great to see him doing well and living in Wales with Nerys and his young family. He runs https://www.snowdoniawalkingandclimbing.co.uk/about-us well worth a look.
Snowdonia Walking and Climbing is run by Richard ‘Rusty‘ Bale. Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (WMCI), qualified to instruct all aspects of mountaineering and a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI).
It was great to see him again and catch up , we had a chat and Rusty was on a well earned day off and I am still off the hill with my chest see a Consultant tomorrow. The view from the cafe was wonderful, I should have been there. He has had a great weeks climbing lucky man.
On the way back I caught up with a few pals and came via Lochindorb and they were burning the Heather. There were several hill fires going and with smoke it always looks strange. Is it a good or bad thing to do.
The Dava Way is a 38-kilometre long-distance path that mostly follows the route of the former Highland Railway between Grantown and Forres. The railway line, built as a route between Inverness and Perth, opened in 1863 and closed in 1965. The route was reopened as a long distance path in 2005. It is listed as one of Scotland’s Great Trails by Scottish Natural Heritage, and links directly to two further Great Trails: the Moray Coast Trail and the Speyside Way. It is currently the shortest of the Great Trails, but can be combined with sections of the Moray Coast Trail and Speyside Way to form a 153-kilometre circular route known as the Moray Way. About 3,000 people use the path every year, of whom about 400 complete the entire route.