Running the Rigby Round – the Cairngorms in one go

The glory is in the doing, not in the having done. These words have become my mantra. They are words to live a life by and they are words that ring with deafening truth when I go to the mountains. But what if the doing is insufferable. What then happens to glory? The Rigby Round…

Beinn Mheadhoin

I felt like Ed Wardle in the Alaskan wilderness. I was standing at the top of the Fiacaill ridge looking south across the Cairngorm plateau, Cairn Gorm on my left, Coire an t-Sneachda on my right, when I felt a presence behind me. Standing there was a reindeer, less than five yards away, looking dolefully at…

Cairngorms

On the weekend that three climbers were killed in an avalanche on Buachaille Etive Mor, it was timely that I and 10 others were learning how to assess avalanche risk, albeit 100 miles to the north-east in the Cairngorms. We were taking part in a two-day Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust course, based at Ardenbeg Outdoor Centre, in Grantown-on-Spey. Aged 27,…