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I'll be over there.. by LEgan   (Show all posts)
Bleck Cra
2007-06-12 23:08:09
UNPREPARED AS I AM
I have no doubt this writer has already beleaguered readers of this site with drum-banging on mountain safety – him and every other responsible self-effacing plodder who ever set boot on mountain. Simon’s recent piece, with conclusions implicit, loosens memories like bits of insole from old boots. Some time in the 80s (yes, young readers: those 80s from an earlier century) when Cra’s beard was black as ravens’ beards are and his sinews twanged liken Chet Aktins’ guitar strings, rather than twoinged like Jade Goody’s G ….. (oops), and when he was completing the 5th or 6th (who’s counting?) Munro in one day, he was halloo-ed (though the snow, did I not mention this?) by the outrider of a party of nitwits ascending a 3000’+ blizzard-covered life-extinguisher; sans map, sans compass, sans torch, sans everything. Oh yes…. and sans jacket. The allusion will not have escaped the many erudite amongst us. “Do you know where we are Mister?” Yet no newscasts of 5 idiots in drip-dry shirts being airlifted from Carn Mairg. Still with shirts, we observe a portly middle-aged (optimistically) gent in suit kecks, supermarket shirt and street-level shoes ascending Ben Lomond early November – well it was a hot day. Or what about Mrs Madintheheid with a wean in a carrier to rear, a wean in carrier to fore and the third in her arms, herself rooted in ironmonger wellies, half way up Ben Lawers (4000’+). There are no limitations to the unpreparedness of human being for the high montanas – some were scooped out of the appalling Hilltown Castle Bog a year or so back, soaked to their young, innocent, trusting souls. I think it’s like Ireland: you can see it from Europe so why not go there? It just that it’s best to know what you’re getting yourself into.
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ewen
ewen 6 days ago.
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