another drawing rediscovered

Sat, Dec 20, 2008

Following on from the discovery of one of my drawings hijacked by the MBA, I found another one while trawling old backups on CD from years ago. This one is of the Garbh Coire refuge below Braeriach in the Cairngorms, 1997. I took a picture the morning we walked out, over Ben Macdui and Carn a’Mhaim and drew it from that. I remember it was hard going through deep heather across the coire towards the Lairig Ghru path. The night we spent in the refuge was superbly wild. I remember gusts of wind developing high up in the coire behind us and roaring downhill to crash into the back of the doss. It didn’t budge an inch though, as it’s a metal A frame covered in hessian matting and large boulders. I seem to remember there was only enough space for 2 or 3 people to lie down, with their feet to the door. It’s a true emergency shelter. We reached it after a wild walk along the plateau, descending the big slabs below Angel’s Peak, which was really exciting! The abiding memory of that wild, remote night, was Penguin running around in the dark, trying to catch his loo roll, with his breeks round his ankles!

Garbh Coire refuge Cairngorms

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