I was just posted back from the flatlands of the South from Innsworth near Gloucetser when this walk was taking place. I was posted back to RAF Kinloss in Morayshire. I managed to come out a few times with the Stafford boys who took Teallach along. He was the only one who could navigate back then. I have just been looking at these old photos the gear in the early 80’s was basic. Breeks, fleeces a new magic piece of clothing. The Karrimor Outward bound rucksacs, gaiters Rugby shirts, big heavy boots, wooden ice axes. Roll mats and Dogs without hill coats the classic green cup hanging outside the bag. Poor “Rosco” hands on knee looks tired and that is only the beginning of the day. Jim standing up and getting ready to go, on wards and upwards!
Classic Youth Hostel – This is another one from that walk – Jim Morning and Bob Foreman in short shorts, this time in trainers ready for a big day ahead. Jim pushing the pace. Jim was the Team Leader at Stafford MRT at the time a machine as were Bob and Rosco.
The Refuge is situated in one of the more remote climbing areas in the Cairngorms. Although usage has been light compared to other shelters in the area, it has played a significant role in the development of both rock and ice climbing in the area and is an important part of Cairngorm mountaineering heritage. It was originally built by Aberdeen University Lairig Club approximately 50 years ago. The refuge is stone covered with a steel frame. It was in a poor state of repair and without some attention would have undoubtedly deteriorate further. There has been strong feeling amongst local walkers and climbers that it should be retained as a shelter, particularly for heritage reasons, but also because it may save lives in an emergency.The building’s owner, the National Trust for Scotland (Mar Lodge Estate), has agreed that we the MBA should assume responsibility for its ongoing maintenance. There was no rebuild as such with the original structure being retained and a new weatherproof covering being fitted. The bothy was sorted out by the MBA recently. Well done all.
I cannot mention this area and forget the wonderful An Garbh Coire where the 1000 feet/ 300 metres scramble up the North East ridge of Angles peak. From the bothy its a steep climb up to the lochan. This wee climb is a lot more serious in winter if you take in the waterfall on the way up to Loch Uaine at 900 metres, From here its a scramble to the summit first on big granite boulders and then the last 100 metres on the airy ridge. The views are spectacular all around and spend time on this ridge its easy and not a place to to rush. I wonder if I will get back this year. I love this place for its remoteness and the adventures I had had here. Plus a few call – outs, where you feel its a remote space.
References – Classic Mountain Scrambles in Scotland – Andrew Dempster.