blog of hillwalking in the Scottish hills and mountains from a Munro bagger.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Forgot to say that CMD was my 200th Munro.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Great days walking yesterday (Wednesday). We (me and a mate - Ralph) were in the Nevis range and did four Munros.

We started the day by going up the Aonoch Mor Gondola (a bit of a cheat, but a big day ahead of us). Over Aonach Mor to Aonoch Beag and back to the bealoch, dropping to a second bealoch between the Aonachs and Carn Mor Dearg (CMD). Up a brilliant rigde to the CMD summit, finishing with the CMD arete and Ben Nevis.

Back down the "tourist path" to the halfway mark, into Coire Leis and the march back to car at the Nevis range car park. 20km, 4 650 feet of ascent, 9 hours. Some cloud at the start of the day with blue skies at the end, little if no wind. Lots of snow still on the summit of Ben Nevis.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Great weekend with good friends. Did a lovely walk on Saturday with Marian and Caroline up the Fiacaill a Choire Chais ridge of Cairngorm and down into Coire Raibert to Loch Avon. From here we went around the East end of the loch and up to Loch Etchahan turning west to the summit of Beinn Mheadhoin. There are huge granite tors that form the summits. We dropped down to the west end of Loch Avon, forded the river (Marian fell in) and back over Cairngorm (without doing the summit).

The rest of the group split up into several parties some doing Loch Lagan Munros and other some Glen Feshie hills.
Went down to Cove bay in Berwickshire to take some photos on Sunday with Sandra after dropping Fliss off at the school for the school trip to Belgium. Very sunny and lots of good pictures. Amazing natural arch in the bay, caves and a little harbour.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Ok so I did not go walking Wednesday. Where is my motivation, in the mud I think. As mentioned previously I am off today on a walking weekend in Glen Feshie with some friends. Unfortunately I need to come home early as my daughter (I am a single parent) goes on a school trip to Belgium and Franve leaving Sunday.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Went up Arthur's Seat yesterday, local hill in the middle Edinburgh. Beautiful day, got a touch sunburnt. It is a Marilyn apparently (over 500 feet). Yes - you do get Marilyn Munros, but not all Munros are Marilyns! (A Marilyn has to have a drop of 500 feet on all sides, some Munros do not). Walking Wednesday regardless of weather - although it is supposed to be the best day this week.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Spent a couple of hours walking in the Pentlands (local hills near Edinburgh) today with a friend - Ralph. Cloudy day with strong winds. We set off from Swanston village, heading up Caerketton, over Allermuir, to Castlelaw, cutting across to Capelaw Hill. Back up Allermuir, returning to Swanston village. Good bit of exercise. We have done this route before when the weather doesn't look promising further north (Munros).

Heated discussion about politics most of the way. We disagree in a number of areas!

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

I have weekender planned with friends late May in Glen Feshie, Cairngorms. Need to get out before then though.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

What a terrible week it looks for weather, rain, wind and rain. Last year was such a good year for weather I got spoiled. Need to get used to getting soaked again, never used to bother me. I do live in Scotland after all!

Monday, May 03, 2004

Holiday Cottages in Berwickshire Scotland. - Cove Barn self catering cottages open in August, are at the end of the Southern Upland Way.
NTS basecamps are wonderful inexpensive self catering bunkhouse accomodation. High spec, good kitchens lounge areas etc. See the link on the left.
The last walking was on Arran with a bunch of friends, it rained, the wind blew and it even snowed, both days, was this really April. The plan was to do some of the Chir Mhor ridge, in the event we went up Glen Sannox over the saddle and down Glen Rosa and got very very wet in the process. Climbed Goat Fell on the Sunday and it snowed again.

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