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Friday 1st March 2019

Vanished Ocean: How Mountains Rise from the Sea
by Dorrik Stow

SpeakersTime: 12.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Vanished Ocean: How Mountains Rise from the Sea
by Dorrik Stow

Date: Friday 1st March
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Dorrik Stow
Overview:

A hundred million years ago, a mighty ocean dominated the equatorial world. Its vast waters bore witness to many of most dramatic episodes in the story of our planet. It played host to a plethora of fascinating organisms, saw great mass extinctions and then nurtured the ensuing rebirth of new life forms. It endured its own secret drama of submarine quakes and powerful currents, at one point quaking under evening skies lit by the outpourings of a super-volcano that exploded along its northern margin. For long ages, its quiet central gyres were more desolate and empty than anything seen in today’s world. But then, five and a half million years ago, it quite simply disappeared.

It was called the Tethys Ocean and this is a kaleidoscope of images from that lost world, pieced together from myriad clues, which are now scattered through the rocks that stretch from Morocco to China, from the depths of the Caspian Sea to the highest Himalayan peaks. Though imperfect and incomplete, the record is varied and captivating, telling something of the assembly and splintering of continents, the rise and fall of mountain ranges, the changing ocean currents and their link to Earth’s climate, the remarkable story of oil and gas, and other deep-ocean treasures. Such changes in the land and ocean have been strongly instrumental in shaping the colourful pageant of life through the past 250 million years of Earth history, and in painting the template for the oceans of today.

This story of the Tethys allows us to delve further back in time and to re-create still more ancient oceans that once covered Scotland, and from which the Cairngorms were born.

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SUP to St Kilda
by Dean Dunbar

SpeakersTime: 2.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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SUP to St Kilda
by Dean Dunbar

Date: Friday 1st March
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Dean Dunbar

Overview:

Dean Dunbar is a registered blind adventurer. In 2017, he paddled from the Outer Hebrides to Britain’s remotest island, St Kilda, on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) Dean will recall this epic adventure with an illustrated talk.

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Preparing for a day on the hill
by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team

SpeakersTime: 4.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Preparing for a day on the hill
by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team

Date: Friday 1st March
Time: 4.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: TBC

Overview:  A member of Braemar MRT will provide all the essential information for staying safe in the hills. Lots of practical advice covering topics such as winter navigation, route choice, equipment, mountain weather and much more. The talk will be illustrated and showcase some of the fantastic scenery in the Cairngorms, Lochnagar and beyond.

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Saturday 2nd March 2019

Cairngorm Fauna Jukebox
by Alec Finlay

SpeakersTime: 10.00am
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Cairngorm Fauna Jukebox
by Alec Finlay

Date: Saturday 2nd March
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Alec Finlay
Overview:
Cairngorm Fauna Jukebox is an illustrated talk by Alec Finlay and Andrew Braidwood, sharing field recordings by Chris Watson commissioned for the Fife Arms Hotel.

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Seton Gordon: ‘A Life in Birds and Mountains’
by James MacDonald Lockart

SpeakersTime: 12.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Seton Gordon: ‘A Life in Birds and Mountains’
by James MacDonald Lockart

Date: Saturday 2nd March
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: James MacDonald Lockart
Overview: ‘Seton Gordon: A Life in Birds and Mountains’

Seton Gordon (1886-1977) was one of Scotland’s greatest naturalists. A pioneering wildlife photographer and author of 27 books of natural history, ranging from a study of The Cairngorms to two important monographs on the golden eagle. Writer James Macdonald Lockhart will discuss Gordon’s life and work and the influence he has had on his own writing. James is Seton Gordon’s great grandson.

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Scottish Trippin
by Trippin Crew

SpeakersTime: 2.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Scottish Trippin

Date: Saturday 2nd March
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Trippin crew
Overview: Scotland and bikes go together like haggis neeps and tatties, and that’s pretty good right? Come and spend an afternoon with the Trippin crew and we will look back through where our love for haggis, neeps and tatties formed, along with Scottish cycling. Video footage, general chit-chat and spot prizes will be the order of the day.

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The Living Cairngorms
by Anke Addy

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 4.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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The Living Cairngorms
by Anke Addy

Date: Saturday 2nd March
Time: 4.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Anke Addy
Overview: “The Living Cairngorms” is a photographic essay covering all aspects of the Cairngorms landscapes, and inspired by Nan Shepherd’s book “The Living Mountain”.

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Mountaineering night – Double Bill!
with Dave MacLeod and Di Gilbert

Speakers | Inspiration Woman | Evening EventsTime: 7.00pm
Ticket Price: £25.00

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Mountaineering night
with Dave MacLeod and Di Gilbert

Date: Saturday 2nd March
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biographies: Dave MacLeod, Di Gilbert
Overview: In his talk, Dave will talk about his adventures with pushing his climbing and some key defining moments that provided a catalyst for breaking his own barriers despite a lack of climbing talent and the setbacks he’s had.

During the summer of 2016 Di Gilbert was Expedition Leader with the first British Expedition to K2 for the first time in 12 years. Di’s talk will follow her and her team from the hustle of Islamabad, through the journey to base camp to the highs and lows of a team trying to climb what is statistically the most dangerous 8000m peak there is.

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Sunday 3rd March 2019

Braemar Mountain Rescue Centre visit

SpeakersTime: 10.00am
Ticket Price: Free

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Braemar Mountain Rescue Centre visit

Date: Sunday 3rd March
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Braemar Rescue Centre

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Speaker Biographies: BMRT
Overview: One of the largest and busiest mountain rescue teams in Scotland will open its doors allowing you to visit their rescue base. See the vehicles and equipment, meet some team members and hear about their operational challenges. Donations welcome on the day.

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Your world upside down: a painter’s response to Nan Shepherd
by Susie Leiper

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 10.00am
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Your world upside down: a painter’s response to Nan Shepherd
by Susie Leiper

Date: Sunday 3rd March
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Susie Leiper
Overview: Nan Shepherd, writing in The Living Mountain, advocates bending over with straddled legs and viewing ‘your world upside down’. Susie takes this as a starting point for looking at the mountain through the eyes of a painter.

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Mountain life – an ecological guide to mountain environments
by Rob Brooker

SpeakersTime: 12.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Mountain life – an ecological guide to mountain environments
by Rob Brooker

Date: Sunday 3rd March
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Rob Brooker
Overview: Mountains are tough places to live. Mountain environments can be cold, cloudy, and wet, and at other times (even in the same day), sun-baked, hot, and dry. In this talk Rob will discuss how plants and animals have adapted to the challenges of living in mountain ecosystems across the globe. Rob will also talk about the types of work ecologists are doing to understand how mountain ecosystems work, and how mountain ecosystems might respond to the many challenges currently facing them around the world.

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A double Ramsay round
by Nicky Spinks

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 2.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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A double Ramsay round
by Nicky Spinks

Date: Sunday 3rd March
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Nicky Spinks
Overview: In her talk, Nicky will lead the audience through how she came from farming and 4 mile fell races to breaking records, winning 100 mile races and attempting challenges she never dreamt that she would ever consider!

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Mountain Weather Forecasting: How Good can we be?
with Geoff Monk

SpeakersTime: 4.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Mountain Weather Forecasting: How Good can we be?
with Geoff Monk

Date: Sunday 3rd March
Time: 4.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Speaker Biography: Geoff Monk
Overview: British weather has a reputation for changing very quickly. This is not only because weather systems can come in off the Atlantic one after another, but also on arrival over the British Isles the coastline shape and the mountains frequently set up local weather patterns, where sometimes within just a few miles the weather differs considerably. Mountain weather is thus a big subject. In his talk, Geoff will generate a discussion, using experiences and questions from the audience. This will enable key aspects of mountain weather to be discussed. Geoff will also touch on climate change.

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