Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Beinn Chabhair. A Loch Lomondside Munro.
When you are collecting Munros most folk only do them once and this was certainly the case for me with over 80% of mountains climbed never getting a repeat ascent. Beinn Chabhair , 933metres,was different as I first attempted to climb it early on in my Munro bagging career in waist deep snow and high winds in winter. I was with five others and we floundered around for five hours before conceding defeat under the summit slopes. The second time was easier but maybe it stuck in my mind because of that initial failure. This is a view from the Loch Lomond road near Luss.
It's a large car park here and the owners don't seem to mind hill walkers parking here as they get the custom afterwards with a couple of pints, soft drinks or a coffee after the hill. Good meals here too.
The Inverarnan of course is famous for its collection of stuffed animals and other relics scattered around the hotel and is a favourite place for tourists and locals alike as it has bags of character.
and Meall nan Tarmachan. Very scenic but only if you like your ridge lines to mimic an egg box pattern. Loads of ups and downs to sink your teeth into on this approach.
This one is a blue tailed variety. My little summer fairies.
Scary reading of an evening. Sometimes ignorance is preferable to too much insider knowledge. I closed all the windows securely that night.
A memorable outing as we also visited the bothy at Doune. Happy days with my twenty-seventh oldest friend Alistair. Not that I'm counting :)
The last wolf stuffed in Scotland perhaps? Wonder if it was anally probed and that's why it looks so upset? A lot of the animals in here look as though they've had their dignity interfered with, giving them fierce or indignant expressions. The stuffed shark in the hallway always looks as if it suffered more than most under the skilled hands of the taxidermist.
A couple of weeks ago I was convinced I was watching the latest episode of 'The Walking Dead' which is filmed in and around the fine city of Atlanta, the peach tree capital of Georgia. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be The Rolling Stones performing at Glastonbury instead. Still, Mick J is remarkably fit and agile for his age. He must be drinking snake oil these days.
How will all these old classic bands be remembered by future generations though? With advanced technology, micro robotics and taxidermy combined surly we have the answer? They can live on forever now.
I therefore vote to have the Rolling Stones and selected other worthy popular culture veterans stuffed and reengineered to capture them in their prime, saved for future generations. Don't tell me we don't have the technology. Don't tell me some major corporation or business enterprise hasn't though of something similar already.... Tempted? After all, singing cowboy Roy Rogers had his faithful palomino horse Trigger stuffed without too many complaints.. well, apart from Trigger that is.
Video this week is a good un. Soul savers Revival. A long time favourite of mine American singer Mark Lanegan has contributed some great vocals to a variety of bands over the years as well as recording his own work. A modern Rod Stewart in some ways as he has an equally distinctive voice and the same deceptive way of turning good songs into great ones and making it look easy.
Older filmgoers will notice this video seems to get its inspiration in part from Elmer Gantry, a brilliant movie starring Burt Lancaster as a conflicted snake oil preacher who hoodwinks a dustbowl town into believing he is the real deal and can perform miracles. Later remade as Leap of Faith.
Influential and beguiling ideas never die they just get recycled for new generations to enjoy.