Sponsored Walk 2001

Glen Quoich, Linn of Dee. 

Each year, the Tibet Support Group organise a sponsored walk. This year the venue was Glen Quoich, west of Braemar, Deeside.

Having been scheduled for a the first day in July, we had some really fine summer weather, with just enough cloud-cover to keep the heat to acceptable levels. As such we couldn't really have asked for a better day. The turnout of around 28 walkers was as good or better than most years.

The route took us between the hills Northwest of Linn of Dee, along the river to the point where a track leads upwards throught the forest to the summit, where we paused for lunch. From here we descended to join the road at Mar Lodge, and completed the journey back to the start-point alongside this road.

Panorama of Linn of Dee (3min download-be patient!)
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The purpose of the walk is primarily as a fundraising event, with sponsors contributing donations based on either the number of miles walked, or simply a fixed amount for completing the course.

The walk could also be said to symbolise, and remind us of, the much more arduous walk undertaken by many Tibetan refugees who, due to persecution or simply to seek a better life, cross the mighty Himalayan range, skirting the very peak of Everest, to reach Dharamsala in northern India. Because of the risk of being stopped by Chinese forces if seen heading for the hills with any kind of climbing gear, this much greater trek is often perforce done by Tibetans in ordinary working clothes -Equipment totally unsuited to the high-altitude Himalayan passes.  It's a tribute to the hardiness of the Tibetan people that most, though sadly not all, of the trekkers make it through alive. At least here in Scotland we have the advantage of  boots, waterproofs if needed, a packed lunch and flask of tea, and - No Chinese border-guards to shoot at us!

Update - September 2001: All donations are now in, and we can report that this year the Walk raised nearly £750. This will be split betweeen the Free Tibet Organisaion, and the Tibet Foundation, for use both on projects supporting political goals and to provide healthcare and other resources for Tibetans in exile.

Other Walks:  Forvie  Pressendye ~Baudy Meg ~Scolty Hill ~ Pannanich Hill ~ Linn of Dee ~ Glenbuchat

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