The Angry Corrie 2: Jul-Aug 1991

Write to Murdo

Since his appearance in TAC1, Murdo Munro has had the lion's share of the postbag. In recognition of this we have given the arch bagger the chance to answer some of his correspondence in print:

Dear Murdo:

What is your view as to the origin of the universe? - F.Hoyle, Yorkshire.

Murdo writes:

For some time now the so-called "Big Bang" theory has held sway. As you may know, this rests on the twin pillars of the cosmic microwave background and Hubble's Law. Recently, however, data from the IRIS satellite has called into question the predictions of the "cold dark matter" portion of this theory in terms of the kind of matter superclusters that would appear. Even from a terrestrial standpoint I must say that I have not seen the distinctive shape of Schiehallion in any of the graphic computer predictions of the "cold dark matter" models.

Dear Murdo:

I've recently been getting a bit of a reputation as something of a "grey man". Any ideas how to counter this? - J.Major, London.

Murdo replies:

Nothing at all wrong with being a "grey man" - certainly anyone who has ever climbed Beinn MacDhui will be very much in awe of you. Also, there's a lot to be said for grey equipment - much better than all these "trendy" dayglo rucksacks and cagoules. However, I myself prefer green to grey - it makes you even less conspicuous on the hill.

Dear Murdo:

My boyfriend and I intend to go up Ben Vorlich this Saturday. He wants to do it from Inveruglas up the dam road, but I prefer it from Ardlui. What do you recommend? - C.Meggy, Spean Bridge.

Murdo writes:

I don't really consider I've done the hill unless I walk in from Glasgow. I usually bivvy the first night in an old sewer pipe by the loch at Tarbet. Then of course it's hardly worth doing Vorlich without first taking in Narnain, The Cobbler, Ime and Vane. I would normally descend via Lui and bivvy the second night in the bin shelters of the Green Welly Shop. Of course choosing your own route is part of the fun, but I hope this helps.

Dear Murdo:

When going for a shot with a lot of "bottom hand", I have recently developed a worrying slice. What can I do? - I.Woosnam, Sun City.

Murdo replies:

Reading between the lines, I suspect you use the so-called "hammer grip". If you were to change to the "Vardon grip", this would weaken your right hand and possibly cure the slice. Alternatively, why not give up golf altogether and start climbing Munros. There's just as much fresh air and you don't have to join the Masons to get in.

Dear Murdo:

I hav had a phew resent problemz with groin strainz. Any advice, mun? - Gazza, Lazio.

Murdo writes:

Can't say I really know what you're talking about I'm afraid, since I'm always too busy bagging hills to do anything that might concern my "groin". However, if I might be permitted to read into your rather funny name, my guess is that the problem stems from prolonged fumbling with an outmoded Gaz stove whilst camping. Try switching to a Trangia meths burner and see if that helps.

Dear Murdo:

I am having terrible trouble getting a girlfriend. Can you help? - A.Batchelor, Halifax.

Murdo writes:

Very recently, scientists have discovered an amazing bunch of wee chemical beasties called pheromones which produce catastrophic sexual attraction. These apparently emanate smells which are not noticed by the human nose but act straight on the brain. They do not involve musk, hyacinths or "Lulu Oui C'est Moi" like normal perfumes. Even more amazing is the fact that one of them is conjured up by a goretex jacket sweated in daily for 6 months, stuffed into a damp rucksack for 3 weeks and then lightly dusted on the floor of a bothy. Need I say more? I am away out to buy a double bivvy bag this afternoon.

WRITE TO MURDO, OR TAC, OR EVEN YOUR AUNTIE AGGIE AT:
HOUSE 48, 170 SANDIEFIELD ROAD, GLASGOW G5 ODL

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