Totem poles in the Caledonian pine forest under Beinn Eighe. Normally I like public art and these are good as part of a mini sculpture trail but I found myself wondering about their relevance here in such majestic untamed surroundings.They seemed a bit like those padlocks on bridges or all the different names written with pebbles on grassy pastures or the dozens of false cairns that litter the landscape in any highland beauty spot these days. Normally I'm all for creative artists but here it just seemed slightly wrong as if nature itself is so boring it needs tarted up and large amounts of money flung at it to make it more interesting. It's something I've noticed in outdoor films as well with Wild, A Walk in the Woods, and The Way all featuring long distance hikes but 'enhanced' by added 'periods of excitement' as if nature isn't interesting enough in itself to engage the cinema going public's attention without frequent added embellishments like falling off crumbing cliffs, wading through man eating swamps, meeting irritating unlikable nutters en route every five minutes or disappearing down deep holes in often preposterous and highly unrealistic situations. Ironically, these extra segments spoiled all three films for me but The Way made the best attempt at a realistic outdoor depiction of a hike without interference and unnecessary add ons which leaves The Last of Us (a computer game that also works brilliantly as an online film) as still the best 'road movie' I've seen in recent years- full of beauty, wonder, great characters and an absolute gem of a story-line full of unexpected twists and turns. And it's free to watch on You Tube at the moment in handy 30 minute chunks.
The Last of Us- Cimematic Playthrough for anyone interested in a good outdoor movie full of believable likable characters, situations and plot twists.
Although I've had many great adventures with friends, bagging hills on a list you do get dragged up some nondescript forgettable lumps from time to time with few redeeming features- certainly nothing on this scale for excitement and pleasure.
A Link To A Previous Torridon adventure in June 2013. There are three posts from the same trip in that month on the blog all for June.
Video this week is a lovely cover of a modern classic most folk will not have heard before. Some of the best songs are deceptively simple yet go straight to the heart in their universal appeal -like this one of life, love, loss and loneliness that most humans will have experience of at some point.