Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

An Easter escapade

16th April 2009

The idea of going on trip to Aviemore for a deeper exploration of Cairngorms country is one that I have broached on here already. Over the past weekend, it turned out to be one that was lifted off the shelf to become reality, even though the visit was a short one. That’s not to say that I didn’t have my reservations about going so far away at short notice but any risk proved to be worth taking with wonderful countryside being revealed to me in weather of similar quality. While not being so worried if it never happened, I ended up on two lower sized (700-800 metre hummocks may look less impressive when 1100 metre high summits surround them but I am far from being "heightist") hills as well as trotting about the Rothiemurchus Forest with a glimpse of the Lairig Ghru. The latter has planted in my mind the tempting proposition of a walk from Aviemore to Braemar but even the most cursory of distance measurements confirm that it’s a two day affair with the location Corrour bothie looking most fortuitous. It may make an enticing next step for my Cairngorms explorations but getting carried away with my plotting is the last thing that I plan on doing. The brief encounter that I have already enjoyed was rewarding but, like all of its ilk, it also only showed that there’s much, much more to savour where I have been. It’s been a bit like this teaser posting really because there’ll be more to follow if I can help it.

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