It’s getting busy! A few thoughts ?

Affric contemplations .

I have been lucky to get out and enjoy a few days on the hills. I love to be out it all seems new. Yet I am trying going to a few areas away from the crowds as I am selfish and enjoy my space.

It was enjoyable to get to Glen Affric yet to see folk enjoying the wild in a respectful attitude. I notice so many more things just now the craft of the stalking paths that take you up some incredible lines. Then I see the new tracks and Turbines in most directions progress?

Yet the wildness is still there. As are the memories of rushing from summit to summit. Chasing Munro’s fast times like the modern fitness aids like Strava that many love. Yet that is not what it’s about to me. How fast how many hills etc it’s the joy of being in the wild.

We saw no one on our Corbett but a few on the track cycling. Everyone was fine kept a distance and seemed to have joy in their hearts about being out in the wild again.


The flowers this year seem so vivid there seem so more of them on each hill they are at a different stage. The heather is blooming the colours of the Orchids varied and it’s like discovering a new life on every hill.

The Lockdown has changed a few attitudes but many will continue with a fast pace of life. Even my local beaches are busier and the car parks open. People need space and places to go.

We must not become elitist like many these wild spaces are for all of us. Please treat them as you would your own home. Think where you camp take your rubbish with you and be careful we must leave these places for future generations to enjoy.

Let’s educate others on how to enjoy these wild places responsibly and all do our bit for the future. Every year I see how lucky I am to have lived and breathed in these special places.

Enjoy please be respectful to these enjoy educate in these places be safe and “take nothing but photos leave nothing but footprints“

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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