I get asked so often “why do you go on the mountains often by folk. A day on the hills would be the last thing that some would want to do. “There is the well known reply “because it’s there” yet there is so much more than that. I love listening reading to why folk love these places. I did worry that in these days of so much that’s competitive in life of what the mountains were becoming? To me this sums it up “The mountains are not a gymnasium for your egos”
I was lucky to be out with pals up in the North we are all lovers of the hills and wild places. All day we saw no one just the hills. We are all of a certain age ( old) but it was great listening to some of their thoughts.
Here are some of my thoughts. Why do we go?
We love the space especially the solitude of these wonderful mountains. We love the ever changing skies the colours the “Bigness” of them.
We love the changes in colours of the grasses the plants as the seasons move on. We love how plants can live and thrive in such hostile environments. We love looking into the wild corries the jumble of rocks, the cliffs and the lochans. (We missed all this recently with Covid )
We love seeing the wild life, the deer the birds soaring above. We love the company of like minded folk. We love we no longer have to rush up these hills. We love that we can enjoy the day and take time to look and grasp where we are. We love that we can still slowly get to a summit and can appreciate the views. We love the feel of the rock the changing types the roughness the colours.
We love we live near the hills and can be there in a short time . We love the feel of the wind and weather as it changes. We love the “craic” on and after a great day.
We love that despite lifes ups and downs we get great joy from the best medicine there is being out on the hills.
We love the feeling of being naturally tired and despite the aching body the simple joy a “Stravaig” can bring! ( Stravaig wander about aimlessly)
We love the nights spent in Bothies and tents the conversations and the fellowship of the mountains.
We love planning the next adventure despite our age. We love telling our exaggerated tales to our kids and Grandkids hopefully kindling a love of why we go and one day they will join us.
We love mountain folk, mountain memories and mountain dreams.
We just love it as it makes us feel so good.
What do you love about the hills and wild places ?