Anthony J Sargeant, School

A time long ago – The Cairngorm Mountains in 1959

Mark Baxter - the haircut

During our climbing trip to the Cairngorms in 1959 Mark Baxter who had long curly hair decided it needed cutting and so various members of the party duly obliged. Recorded in this photograph taken by Tony Sargeant. Here Mr Arthur Grant wields the scissors watched by Martin Symms (extreme right) and Stephen Lee (2nd from right). Hidden from view on the left is Bob Tweddle, and centre Colin (Bert) Baker.

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Mr (Jock) Gordon one of the schoolmasters who took us to the Cairngorms in 1959

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Photographed on the mist covered slopes of Ben Macdhui in the Cairngorms by Anthony Sargeant. Mr Gordon and Mr Grant were schoolmasters of the old school who dedicated their lives to the enriching of the experiences of their young charges. We were very lucky to have such men in our school.Two weeks in the middle of the Cairngorms with the nearest road 10 miles away was a life enhancing experience for many of us.

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Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland

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This black and white photograph was taken by Anthony Sargeant during a visit to the Cairngorms made in the summer of 1959. It shows the pass called the Lairig Ghru that divides the massif into two blocks.The two week camping trip was undertaken by the members of the newly formed Explorers’ Club of Haberdashers’Aske’s Boys’ School in South London. Led by two inspirational teachers Mr Arthur Grant and Mr Jock Gordon a group of about 20 boys camped on the south side of the Lairig Ghru for most of the two weeks, climbing all of the Cairn Gorm mountains during that time, and then walked out through the Lairig Ghru pass, camping overnight by the Pools of Dee at the summit of the pass and then down through the Rothiemurchus Forest to Aviemore.

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Haberdashers’ Aske’s Explorers’ Club in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland in the summer of 1959

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Black Spout Gulley on Lochnagar at the top of the scree slope which was our route to the top of the mountain. Photographed by Tony Sargeant. We climbed up into low cloud and mist on the mountain but when descending on the other side the clouds suddenly parted to reveal the central highlands laid out before us.

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Haberdashers’ Aske’s Explorers’ Club in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland in the summer of 1959

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Mark Baxter taking a photograph of the Country House Hotel where we stopped for lunch on the way to the Cairngorms by coach from Aberdeen. We had traveled to Aberdeen on the overnight sleeper from London. Mr (Jock) Gordon, one of the two teachers on the trip, had arranged the lunch with the woman who ran the hotel and who was a friend of his. It was the last taste of civilization for two weeks.

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