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

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Off hillwalking in Glen Affric this weekend with my walking group, weather looks like it should improve. It has been a very wet June. Started dancing again (I Ceroc - modern jive), so at least doing something to keep fit.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Hillwalking boots - I have been a fan of Salomon since buying some X-trails a couple of years ago they were great, but came apart at the heel on Goat Fell 8 months ago (I had done over a 100 Munros in them!). Took them back to the retailer who sent them back to Salomon. I was delighted to get a free pair of replacement boots. I had expected a discout maybe but not a free pair.

Unfortunately they rub the front of my ankles at the front, in the case of Glen Sheil, both ankles rubbed raw. Steve who was at Glen Sheil has the same problem. I have a pair of 1 season Salomons bought last year that are coming apart on the uppers at a seam.

My boot strategy has to be re-thought!

My winter boots - Manta M4s - they have been great. I have had them over 3 years with no problems. Probably only get one more winter out of them though.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Great hill walking / Munro bagging weekend, although driving up to Glen Shiel in the pouring rain and with every little burn a raging torrent it looked like we might be getting disappointed.

Those that had arrived early, (Tom, Francoise, Tish and me) went to the Glenelg Inn for tea. Excellent food and a wonderful atmosphere. Very popular place. Drove down to the Skye ferry to "have a look" and then back to the Ratagan Youth Hostel were the others had arrived (Caroline, Jock, Steve, Sharon, Maureen and Kathryn).

The weather in Saturday was greatly improved, and I did my big day - the 7 Munros of the North Glen Sheil Ridge. Set off from the Clunie Inn at about 8:45am with some of the group to climb Ciste Dhubh, the first Munro of the day. Quite boggy on the walk up, but lots of orchids, including Marsh Gentian (possibly), Common Spotted Orchid and the insectivorous Common Butterwort amongst others, all were in flower and quite lovely. There was also a herd of red deer on the hill side many with fawns at their side.

After the summit of Ciste Dhubh I left the group to speed ahead for my big day, it was a big drop back down to Bealach a' Choinich and over the "Brothers" as this group of Munros is now known - Aonach Meadhoin, Sgurr a' Bhealaich (great summit cairn perched on rocks a little of the main ridge) and Saileag. Dropping down to another Bealach, Bealach an Lapain and over the "Five Sisters" (three Munros - Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgurr na Carnach and Sgurr Fhuaran with two tops at the end - Sguarr nan Saighead and Beinne Bhuidhe). The Five Sisters were a bit scrambly and by this time very wet with a fine drizzle settling in.

By the time I descended to Sheil Bridge at 7:30pm the sun was out. About 23km and 2383m or just over 7800 feet in total - I was knackered!

Tom kindly picked me up and we went for a pint in the local hostelry with Jock.

We then returned to Ratagan youth hostel (Marian had arrived from Inverness) were Sharon (and Steve) had cooked delicious lasagne, we drank too much and went to bed!

We had planned to do some more hillwalking on Sunday but the weather had turned again, with a heavy drizzle and we all set off home.

I have now done 207 of the 284 Munros.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Last time I was at Rattagan (Glen Sheil) we did the South Glen Sheil ridge incliding the Sgurr na Skine and Saddle add on - a very big day.

Planning to do the "North Glen Sheil ridge" this time - from the Clunie Inn clinmbing Ciste Dhubh first then the "brothers and sisters", slightly less height and about 2 km shorter than the South ridge.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Edinburgh Festival will be with us soon - always a great time of year - as I live in the city centre. The atmosphere is brilliant. Here are some Edinburgh Festival pictures from 2003. I have had to wait in today for some deliveries which is a pain as it has been a nice day, some cloud though.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Malcolm's site has some good photos of some of the "groups" walks - mountain walking pictures.(see the blog from Monday 24th May).
Another bad weather week ahead it would seem. Possible decent days on Wednesday and Friday. Determined to get out this week regardless - have I said that before! Nice weather over the weekend, took a lot of photos of Edinburgh, including some of the Scott Monument which I went up for the first time recently. Off to Ratagan (Glen Sheil) on the 11th of this month for the "groups" monthly walking weekend.

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