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Topic - the most serious walk in Britain? -Blog

I realise I must have lapsed into unconsciousness as the icy downwash from the rescue helicopter, hovering above brings, me round. Peering through the swirling snow I can see a metallic shape emerging. From above a loudspeaker crackles into life, "This rescue helicopter is brought to you by YourNumber'sUp.com, the best in online gambling," an American voice drawls, "Before you are winched on board please have your credit card, insurance details and climbing permit ready for inspection. Have a nice day." Underneath the chopper is painted a huge face, grinning inanely, I realise that it's Keith Chegwin leering at me and giving me the thumbs up. It's the horror of being rescued by Cheggers that finally brings me sweating out of my nightmare and into the cosy reality of my bedroom.

I don't usually write about my days on the hill before I do them but this time I've been forced give more thought to preparation than usual and in planning my route I began to wonder if my intended outing was possibly the most serious walk in the UK. It's certainly serious enough to get my attention. There will be no carelessly hurling a few tins and a sleeping bag into my sack this time I'm going to have to plan it and success is far from given.

The plan is simple. I'll walk in from the Cairngorm ski road to Corrour bothy through the Lairig Ghru. Even at my advanced stage of decrepitude I'm pretty confident I can manage that. I'll stay the night there. I recall my last visit there was when there was still an earth floor and those of you who know the place will realise that that was a very long time ago so I think this most popular of bothies is overdue a return.

It's what I plan the following day that worries me.

Read more here http://johndburns.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/the-most-serious-walk-in-britain/
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