A short walk

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I managed to meet up with the walking artist Hamish Fulton and get an interview at Cairngorm Ski centre at the end of his 21 days in the Cairngorms. Most of Hamish’s wilderness experience is based around walks in North America and Himalaya but his reflection on the finiteness of wild land was excellent. We had a wide ranging chat around Victorian attitudes prevailing in land use and management in the Highlands and the scars created by new hill tracks.

I also took part in a choreographed group walk he created with about 20 people. This took place in the car park and involved walking a distance of 3 metres in an hour without talking.

It was a terrific experience particularly in such a public space. I enjoyed the somatic sensations of creeping forward at less than snails pace getting slowly colder being occassionally scrutinised by passing public.

Hamish often describes the physical and aural sensations of being wild places for extend periods, he describes how everything slows down and you become incredibly attuned to every noise and movement around you.

 

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