Saturday, 22 May 2021
Friday, 21 May 2021
I suspect it was August 1967 when my dad drove me and Mike, and I think Geoff, who must have taken the photo, to Hollows Farm campsite near Grange (Borrowdale). He dropped us off and collected us a few days later.
It was our first visit to the Lake District, and we set off up Scafell Pikes in the rain. On reaching the summit, we worked out that we were on Lingmell. Oops!
My anorak wasn't waterproof, so my waterproof clothing in this era comprised an ICI fertiliser bag with a hole cut in the bottom to allow breathing. I don't recall Mike P mentioning this form of waterproof clothing in his excellent book 'Keeping Dry and Staying Warm'.
We will be backpacking with Mike P this coming weekend - hence the 'Mobile Posting' test by way of the previous posting. I can reassure him that we have moved on slightly from the ICI bag form of waterproofing, which actually worked very well.
I can't remember whether we got to the top of Scafell Pikes (I think we did), but I can remember watching Mike for some some making futile attempts to catch a trout for supper, as his bag of popcorn was empty.
Thursday, 20 May 2021
Continuing from the previous posting, on Thursday 21 February a few of us (or maybe just me and Roger) walked the entire Ben Eighe ridge apart from Creag Dubh, which I'd been up a couple of years earlier.
The header picture shows our view to the west, from the head of Coire Dubh, with Beinn Dearg and Beinn Alligin beyond. I'll caption the remaining pictures from this great mountain day - click on any image to view a slideshow (best on a PC with a good monitor).
on which cloud obscured a good photo
with the inaccessible gap to Creag Dubh visible
Didn't that week go quickly! We drove home on Saturday 23 February, with frequent stops to admire the views on a wonderful sunny day.
We must have taken someone to Achnasheen to catch a train home.
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
For the next phase of my 1980 slide scanning exercise, a trip to Torridon. This was 'pre-diary', so the commentary, such as it is, is cobbled together from notes and memory.
The team on this occasion, and sadly there's no group photo, nor pictures of everyone who was there, was as follows, housed I think in several of Mrs MacDonald's chalets at Kinlochewe:
Christine (Alison's friend)
Daffyd Wynn (RIP)
John Mansell (RIP)
Maggie* and Trevor
Lorna, Andy, Dave, Neil and Mick (I don't remember who these people were 'connected' to, it was possibly their only trip with this mainly ex UMIST hiking club group)
Six* of the above will receive links to this posting, and are free to add their comments and corrections. The photos aren't brilliant but hopefully the memories will be happy. I'll cover the week in two postings.
We traveled up on Saturday, and on Sunday a few of us climbed Beinn Alligin. I think we just went to the Munro 'Top', Tom na Gruagaich, that was subsequently elevated to a Munro 'Mountain'. I'd already done the full traverse of the mountain a couple of times, and the easy route to the 'Top' must have been more appropriate for this group, who are pictured above in the Coire Mhic car park.
As we descended, the sun set behind Canisp.