Sponsored Walk 2012
~ Sunday 1st July ~
year we organise a sponsored walk to support aid-projects for Tibetans.
The proceeds go to the Tibet Society and Free Tibet. This year we chose a route in Glen Tanar, taking-in sections of the Firmounth and Mounth Roads.
||This was the Group's 19th Annual Sponsored Walk which raises funds
for related causes. In previous years we have divided the Walk proceeds
between humanitatian aid, and the promotion of Tibetan freedom. This
year, as we are only allowed to raise money by street collection for
registered charities, we decided to allocate the collection money to
humanitarian aid organizations, and to donate the Walk proceeds wholly
to the principal campaigning groups whose aim is to achieve a fair and just solution for Tibet, with Tibetans determining their own future and having their fundamental human rights respected.
||This year our route was in Glen Tanar, not far from a previous walk
but taking-in different country. The outward leg was southward along
the Firmounth Road through the Forest of Glen Tanar, an ancient right
of way across the Mounth Hills towards the Angus Glens. We returned via
the Mounth Road after circumnavigating the Strome hill. Most of the
route was wooded, but with occasional breaks through which the
surrounding hillsides could be viewed.
||Weather for the walk started out fine, but occasional showers began
not far into the route. Thankfully we had a respite from the showers at
the lunch stop, but in the afternoon the rain returned and became
progressively heavier until it was a relentless downpour. With full
waterproofs on and the camera being kept under cover, few photos were
taken after that point. Mud on the paths became an increasing problem,
as did water penetrating the clothing of even some of the
better-equipped walkers. Traditional advice is that umbrellas are of
little use for hillwalking, but in this instance with torrential rain
but nil wind, those with a brolly were laughing and dry whilst the rest
of us dripped miserably.
||On returning, some of us went for tea and cakes at Aboyne. Numbers
were reasonable in view of the conditions, and in spite of the
weather's attempts to dampen our spirits we nevertheless enjoyed a
good-natured banter for the duration of the trip. This time we were
joined by a Polish couple who have expressed a wish to join the Tibet
More pictures of the walk here
Other Walks: Sgor Buidhe ~ Glen Gairn ~ Loch Kinord ~ Forest of Birse ~ Clachnaben ~ Forvie ~ Pressendye ~ Baudy Meg ~ Scolty Hill ~ Pannanich Hill ~ Linn of Dee ~ Glenbuchat
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