Monday, 19 March 2012
Geal Charn Mor and The Burma Road.
Others in our club climbed Geal Charn the Munro in the Monadliath while Alex and Myself Picked nearby Geal Charn Mor,a Corbett not far from Aviemore and directly facing the Cairngorm Plateau.
I,d never heard of the Scottish Burma Road before this hill but it ran straight,steep and mighty from the valley floor to the heights above taking us up 2000 feet fairly quickly.Even the view from the bottom was stunning.
A couple of keen cyclists were a stones throw ahead of us.This is a tough road to walk up as it is so unrelenting but on a bike it must be very hard indeed.Although we were going at an easy stroll they did not pull away from us,legs going round in lowest gears like the clappers for each foot of height gained.On this occasion walking looked far easier.
They stuck at it though and were rewarded by easier ground eventually.It must be a big tick on a bike if you can reach the brow of this road pass without getting off.
I wasn,t fooled by this though.If there is nothing remotely interesting about a summit, guidebooks always say it has good views. Oh yes I know all the ploys.
Happily Alex has only 40 Corbett,s left to do now so the end is in sight for both of us.Him to complete his tally......me to dig a giant deep suntrap in the garden as celebration with thermal heat retaining bricks and a glass roof keep the rain away forever. Toasty!
It was seeing Ratho Quarry covered over that first gave me the idea.Instead of energy sapping bouldering and climbing overhangs though I,d have mud baths, palm trees,fester chambers, flower filled basking bays,slumber sofas , daily pampering and oiling sessions and handy tips on perfecting good yet easy blubber maintenance.Food ,sweets and drink mega waist harnesses would be clipped on at entry to save on tiresome walks to the bar and kitchen and I,d maybe have a few naughty girls on the payroll too for those duller days.Now that,s something to get inspired about!
What would I call such a paradise on earth? Why" the tropical beach underground "of course.
I didn,t miss the last three though,more than happy with my heat and blue skies again.
Just get those students running up and down the Burma road before every meal.That,ll get them fit and save shed loads of wood ,bridges, hoops and tyre swings.