It s a Fine Day for the Hill

This book is testimony to the idea that Exploring for yourself by your own free will, without formal courses or training, is the best joy the hills can give (my Preface, The Cairngorms, 1975).

It s a Fine Day for the Hill

Author: Adam Watson

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 1907611584

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Adam Watson's interest in snow began at 7, the Cairngorms at 9, mountaineering and ski-mountaineering in later boyhood. His book recounts many fine days on the hill in Scotland, Iceland and northern Scandinavia on foot or ski, often on his own in wonderful places that excited him beyond measure. He tells what it was like to be with four remarkable Scots who greatly influenced him as a young naturalist and mountaineer, Seton Gordon, Bob Scott o the Derry, Tom Weir and Tom Patey. The beauty and variety of the hill, the weather and the wildlife were and are an inspiration to him, and his descriptions touch on this. In these modern times of pervasive regulation and politically correct control, this book is a breath of fresh air as a proclamation of the value and wonder that are the greatest joys of lone exploration on the spur of the moment. Author Adam Watson, BSc, PhD, DSc, DUniv, raised in lowland Aberdeenshire, is a retired research ecologist aged 80. He began lifelong interests on winter snow in 1937, snow patches in 1938, the Cairngorms in 1939. A mountaineer and ski-mountaineer since boyhood, he has experienced Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, mainland Canada, Newfoundland, Baffin Island, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Vancouver Island and Alaska. His main research was and is on population biology, behaviour and habitat of northern birds and mammals. In retirement he has contributed 16 scientific publications on snow patches since 1994. He is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Royal Meteorological Society, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Society of Biology. Since 1954 he has been a member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and since 1968 author of the Club's District Guide to the Cairngorms. This book is testimony to the idea that Exploring for yourself by your own free will, without formal courses or training, is the best joy the hills can give (my Preface, The Cairngorms, 1975). Now I would add 'without detailed planning', for my best days have been lone trips begun without such planning, indeed on the spur of moment and weather, almost chance events. Four chapters salute Scots to whom I owed much as a young naturalist and mountaineer, Seton Gordon, Bob Scott, Tom Patey and Tom Weir. They held to the above idea. Reading Seton Gordon's Cairngorm Hills of Scotland in 1939 changed my life. I wanted to be in these hills at all seasons. Exploration by one's own free will is best pervaded by humility and wonder. Alien to this are avalanche alerts, 'challenge' walks, 'character-building', courses, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, guided walks, hill-runs, interpretive boards, marker cairns, outdoor centres, qualifications, rangers, route-cards, school outings, signposts, sponsored walks, tests of snowpack stability, text messages sent as avalanche alerts to mobile phones, transceivers, visitor centres, 'walk of the day', wardens, and 'wilderness walks'. Also alien are Munros, Corbetts and other anthropocentric designations, those who 'bag' them as if hills were shot birds, and assault, attack, battle, conquer, conquest, fight, vanquish and victory as if hills were enemies. Many with flashing camera, global positioning, map, compass, mobile phone, and survival equipment are unsafe, as rescue accounts often reveal. Even climbers have been rescued after neglecting navigation on easy ground after completing rock climbs or ice climbs. Those who behave as if alone on an icecap when nobody else knows where they are and no help is possible, have greater inherent safety. They are also more likely to understand and appreciate the hill and its weather, snow, wildlife and indigenous folk.

A History of the Earth and Animated Nature

As soon as the winter is past , in the first bolder and more active , for its size , than
any fine day in April , the ant - hill , that before other of the insect tribe , and fears
not to attack seemed a desert , now swarms with new life , a creature often ...

A History of the Earth and Animated Nature

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Sporting Magazine

They late " ( in preference to the great found their first hare near Thornpack - for
Mr. Hall keeps both a hill Lodge , going away to the large and small pack ) will on
Stalbridge Hill , and killing in that auspicious day be introduced the open near ...

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Youth s Companion

Isn't this a fine day ? ” “ No , it's a very bad day , ” said the fairy ANDY'S mother
took in washing crossly , " and I wish I were an apple ! ” and was as ... Both of
them were old men with white “ Good sir , it's just beyond the hill ; called the
cardinal .

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Good words ed by N Macleod

There is something to me strangely touching in a Sunday class , when he was
himself still a young man . fine avenue of trees , formed ... turned rose - and all
their belongings - at Oak Hill . colour in the sunrise , and became like gigantic
arches " Whatever Mr . Holcomb ... make one ' s heart not only happy , but
thankful . if he died , would leave a blank in the establishment “ How glad I am it
is a fine day !

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The Essex notebook and Suffolk gleaner

Its tnerits all unrecognized Full long did they remain , Till one fine day , the world
surprised , Saw it on foot again . ... But , like " Ixion ' s wheel , " the hill Mastered
its power to climb , It fact it came to a stand - still The base from the sublime !

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Bradshaw s Handbook for Tourists in Great Britain Ireland

This place is interesting in many points of view , but more especially for its
celebrated Race - course . It is on ... and if the weather be fine , there are seldom
less than 60,000 persons assembled here on the great day when the Derby
Stakes are contested . ... 23 Anstie Bury 41 Merridone 11 Ashstead 8 Mickleham
3 Bay Hill .

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The Irish Monthly

That's the best thing I've heard for many a day . When are ... 66 6 ( fine day , and
sure it's a list as long ... one day . ” Lena laughed and ran gaily down the narrow
stair . have I. Come along , you , and I'll lead the way up the big hill to the woods .

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The Public

An unguided stream of water from the hill and the forest was cutting the soil away
. Part of it ran into a box by the roadside , and the young men rode up to water
their horses . “ Good - day , Madam . ” the cheerful school teacher said to the ...

The Public

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Guide to Belfast the Giant s Causeway and the North of Ireland

THE CAVE HILL AND CASTLE . 117 In 1760 , Thurot , the ... It is an assize town ,
although its assizes are held in the County Antrim Court House . It was the county
town ... for their size and flavour . From Knockagh , a hill situated near
Carrickfergus Junction , a good view of the surrounding country and the Scotch
coast may be had , and on a fine day the place offers many attractions to pic - nic
parties .

Guide to Belfast  the Giant s Causeway  and the North of Ireland

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Summer recreations Special pleas for honey bees

Its market we saw , and — wherever we'd beenSuch busy excitement we rarely
had seen . ... good day , Not even a mile stone cheering the way ; Now and then
through a gate a fine landscape would be And then , to the left ... We went to the
Mumbles , five miles away , In view of Swansea's magnificent bay ; Here are
islands and rocks in confusion most rare , And a grass - covered hill to enjoy the
sea air .

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The Saturday Evening Post

地叫础 B 邮购 the HAL , by One gram 意為皇 SENTINEL ODAY in a good day's
work . It's a theory was missing , as well as some canned with which I cannot
quarrel . fruit from the cellar . My Uncle Mike ... I Henry at Poverty Hill . The farmer
who ...

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The Cornhill Magazine

... reader will have seen by our account of a fine day , this involves a good deal .
The actual weight of the air above our heads is called “ the pressure of the air , "
because the air does really press down upon us in exact proportion to its weight .

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American Bicyclist and Motorcyclist

Realizing that we had Mt. Tom , a mere hill that Woodstocktonians reached rural
West Canaan , we discussed our ... Spattered wih some 400 islands and secure
in the pinching grasp of lake - shore tentacles , it's a good day's cycle ride around
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Good Words

do come abroad in midday , they are dazzled , they with its cement floors ; a
sleeping room next the are distressed ; they ... tending London , or on to Brighton
, on an ordinary fine day are tortuous cuts through the hill ; they are quite in
summer ...

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Christian Advocate

Nelson ( Clover Hill ) The Church had its annual coach outing on April 15th ; this
year's venue being the Lake District . ... On Good Friday we held Annual
Conference in the Bedlington Church , and once again it proved to be a great day
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Chambers s Journal of Popular Literature Science and Arts

a race who spoke no known language , and that the whole day , but after carrying
away a spanker - boom , king had ... high hill , on the top of which is a large
taking possession of the Island Julia with its ordinary fort ; there is a fine light -
house ...

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