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 Post subject: Redcoats on the bens
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:38 pm 
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I know about the guerrilla war which went on for years after the '45. How "high" did it go?

You'd think that the natives would be more adept at climbing than the invaders and that retreating uphill would be a viable tactic for the unwounded. Is this assumption correct?

Obviously food production all happens at a lower level and weather conditions preclude survival at altitude in the longer term.

The history books would have you believe that nobody ever climbed a mountain before the 19th Century but that is presumably nonsense?

Climbing in 18th Century footwear would not be fun but would be possible, at least in summer.

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 Post subject: Re: Redcoats on the bens
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The main problem is that up in the high areas, there isn't much to live on.

However, the Scottish hills aren't that high really. Retreating up some hills would be a problem, as you could be surrounded until you came down. You'd really need to retreat into a range rather than a lone hill.

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The history books would have you believe that nobody ever climbed a mountain before the 19th Century but that is presumably nonsense?


Some of them were presumably climbed for religious purposes in the distant past, but you'd have to ask why anyone would want to go to the top of some of them.

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