Crossing the Cairngorms
Donations accepted until 24-12-2017
As a young 17-year-old soldier in the Queens Own Highlanders part of my final training, in December 1965, included walking the Lairig Ghru from East to West. This is a 30 km trail in the Cairngorm mountains in the Highlands of Scotland. I have decided that I would like to recapture lost youth by walking it again - this time on my 70th birthday. My friend Des Buckley has offered to accompany me. As an incentive to complete the task we will be fundraising for Cancer Research UK and Combat Stress Scotland. Both Des and I have relatives/friends who have been affected by cancer and, with over 70 years military service between us, we are well aware of the need for the work done by organisations like Combat Stress.
Walking the Lairig Ghru
The Lairig Ghru is the best known hill pass in Scotland climbing to an altitude of 835 metres and passing through one of the wildest areas in Scotland - the central Cairngorms. It is approximately 20 miles and can take between 8 - 10 hours to complete. Our challenge is to complete it in 8 hours. Whilst there are paths these are lost among the stones at the very highest part. We will start from the car park at Linn O Dee grid NO 064898 and walk west along the river Dee into Glen Dee and then North to the Lairig. This is the route we were taken in blanket snow and blizzards in December 1965 - we hope for better weather in September! We will finish at the car park at grid NH 915105. The Lairig is a long walk through remote and exposed terrain where help is a long way off but the scenery is spectacular. Any donation you would like to make would give us motivation to complete this arduous trail. Thank you in advance for supporting us.
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