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Cairngorm Mountains in the Scottish Highlands

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In August 1959 Anthony Sargeant spent two weeks in the Cairngorm Mountains in the Scottish Highlands with a party from his school ( Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School ). At that time there was no unsightly development on the North side of the Cairngorms and the campsite was 10 miles from the nearest road in any direction. The photograph was take on the descent from Ben Macdhui the highest of the Cairngorm range which had been climbed in thick mist and driving rain. But here the mist lifted and the rain stopped as the party came out into the Lairig Ghru, the pass that bisects the Cairngorms. Here looking south. In those days there was hardly anybody in the mountains and we hardly saw another soul for two weeks.

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Black Spout Gully on Lochnagar in Central Scotland

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Photograph was taken by Anthony J Sargeant in August 1959 appoaching Black Spout Gully on Lochnagar in the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland. Climbing up the steep gully is fairly straightforward in the summer although in the winter the climb through the snow and ice of the cornice at the top and thereby onto the summit plateau can be a challenge. On this day in 1959 there was low cloud and mist shrouding the mountain top but just after reaching the summit and beginning to descend on the southern flank the cloud parted like theatre curtains revealing the valleys and hills below. The only real danger is from loose rock dislodged above you when in the narrow part of the gully.