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Thursday, 9 October 2014

TGO Challenge 2014: Part 6: Callater Nights

It’s but a short hop up to Callater Lodge from Braemar but it always seems to take a little longer after a Saturday night in the Fife Arms, and a hurty knee.

IAN COTTERILL, MICK (CROYDON), JOHN DINGWALL

IAN COTTERILL, MICK (CROYDON), JOHN DINGWALL, ENROUTE TO CALLATER

It was wonderful to see Mr Dingwall – who had had a very nasty health-scare earlier in the year – fit enough to carry his clobber up to the lodge. It would take more than a blooming heart attack to keep him away.

ME, ENROUTE TO CALLATER LODGE

ME, ENROUTE TO CALLATER LODGE [PIC C/O PHIL]

These days, Callater Lodge (also known as Stan and Bill’s) is manned heroically by Bill, Mick and a few trusted friends. Their hospitality is legendary, with warm fires, gas lighting and friendship.

CALLATER LODGE

CALLATER LODGE

 

PETER MOLENAAR

PETER MOLENAAR

 

STORMIN

STORMIN

 

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VICKY & TOBY THE FIRST

VICKY & TOBY THE FIRST

 

BILL, THE MUSIC MAN

BILL, THE MUSIC MAN

I was fortunate in bagging a bed upstairs, so all I had to do was stumble upstairs to bed at God-knows-what-time-in-the-morning. I slept like a log, until… Well, just play the video. There are no pictures.

 

THERE ARE NO PICTURES. JUST CLICK & PLAY FOR YOUR DELIGHT & EDIFICATION

It would have just been wrong to bludgeon the blighter to death with heavy hiking boots or to spear him with sharpened walking poles, as I had spent all evening enjoying his hospitality. Ho hum.

12 comments:

  1. George can snore for Scotland. But a nice fella.

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    1. George. I've been thinking about this for a while, Al. I don't remember a George.
      This was Bill, hard at it.
      :-)

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  2. ha i can beat that one alan . two years ago i spent the night in dulyn bothy with 3 film makers from mancester who could make a 747 seem quite in one room and 3 guys from worcester who were doing a good job coping them .

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    1. Chris - you obviously have staying power!
      I would have left the bothy and put my tent up.
      :-)

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    1. I think you'd have needed one of those industrial headsets they use with pneumatic road drills...

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  4. i,ve also stayed in a bothy with dave skip he can snore for england i,m also proud to say that i once fell asleep on a firing range in aldershot and they had to wake me up for my go on a machine gun .

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    1. That made me laugh!
      Yes, Skippy can belt them out, as can Mike Knipe, Terry Leyland and Andy Walker.
      :-)

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  5. Pure fiction. I asked Bill about the alleged snoring - he didn't hear a thing.

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    1. He must be as deaf as a post.
      In recent years have you noticed that I've always parked Wanda & Trinnie with Andy Walker at opposite ends of our camp spots and down wind? My thinking behind that was that you had the big sharp knife that could have dealt with it and I would never had heard the blood curdling screams. Alas, every morning Andy was still there snuffling away happily to himself until told we were leaving.
      :-)

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  6. Hi Al. Have a look at this blog post and scroll down to the photo with me and Bill with George sat in the middle. I hope i havn’t got his name wrong as i did the post from memory. I slept in the same room as George and Bill and they could have lifted the roof. However when Bill got up George was still piling out the ZZZ’s. JJ couldn’t cope and went to sleep with the dogs downstairs, he says they snore too.

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    1. Of course it would help if i put the link in. Sorry.
      http://alanrayneroutdoors.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/tgo-challenge-2014-day-9-braemar-to.html

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