Hello readers!

1 03 2011

I’ve started this blog in response to requests from my friends to write further about my cowardly exploits in the hills of Britain and elsewhere.

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Beinn Fhada East Ridge Top

19 07 2014

Tue 10 Jun 2014
Another day without Richard as this was to be quite a long walk and he was struggling with lameness – he now had a bad knee to add to his hip problems – possibly due to walking across a beach of soft sand at Glenelg on the Monday – another theory is that he has a case of ‘beer on the knee’!

I’d wanted to do this route for ages, since seeing the ridge from west Glen Affric on my ‘Long Way for a Top’ report last year. Unfortunately, I ended up not enjoying it like I should have due to a woeful lack of fitness – still! :-( Read the rest of this entry »

Bob’s Blog Post on my Compleation Walk on Ben Lui

16 07 2014

There’s some superb photos on this one! :-) Bob’s version of events on my compleation walk on Ben Lui…

BlueskyScotland Ben Lui Compleation

Beinn Sgritheall NW Top

12 07 2014

Mon 9 Jun 2014

As Richard was out with me the day before, and no longer does two days in a row, I decided to go off round the peninsula of Glenelg to pick this top off. I also decided it would be a lovely spot to drop Richard off to amuse himself – he ended up visiting the pub at Glenelg, having a good look round the village, and a walk down to the ferry jetty to take a quick trip across to Kylerhea on Skye. The weather was beautiful – hot and sunny… Read the rest of this entry »

Animal Attacks!

3 07 2014

More and more I’m reading in the news now, and on the various walking forums, about animal attacks on hikers – mainly cattle attacks. As a ‘countryperson’ who has lived alongside livestock all my life, I feel I can possibly offer some advice. DISCLAIMER: Of course, as with all advice, it won’t always hold true in every circumstance especially as, when dealing with animals, moods and personalities come into play just the same as with humans… Read the rest of this entry »

A Return to the Five Sisters

29 06 2014

Sun 8 Jun 2014

Richard’s and my first day back in Kintail and I decided to tackle the short, steep but interesting route back onto the end of ‘The Five Sisters of Kintail’ to collect the previously missed ‘Top’ of Sgurr nan Saighead as I knew Richard would love it. Read the rest of this entry »

Compleation Walk – Up & Down Ben Lui

21 06 2014

Sat 31 May 2014

On our arrival at Crianlarich on the Friday night, Richard and I met up with my Welsh friend Alan who had come up to join us on my final Munro walk – he was staying at the Youth Hostel. We met up for drinks in the Rod & Reel pub – the place was absolutely jumping and we ended up staying so late Alan was officially locked out of the Youth Hostel and we had to ring the doorbell on our hotel. Luckily for Alan, the hostel warden hadn’t put the lock on properly and he managed to get in… We’d been amused in the pub to see one large guy needed two barstools to sit on – one for each cheek! Read the rest of this entry »

Braeriach – Chalamain Gap or Coylumbridge?

15 06 2014

I’ve had to do the massive Cairngorm peak of Braeriach twice so far, the first time with Richard and the second time alone, this May, to bag the Munro top of Carn na Criche (4150 feet) which we couldn’t find in the mist on the first visit! I’d fully intended going back anyway as, despite a glorious start to our last visit to this fantastic peak, the weather clouded in by the start of the ascent and we saw nothing :-(

Unfortunately, I was also supposed to take Richard with me on my second attempt but I was in the Aviemore area and decided I wasn’t fit enough for my original objective of the Tomintoul approach to pick off the northern tops of Beinn a’ Bhuird and Ben Avon. I felt very guilty when I rang him that evening to give my status report of being okay and he asked what I’d been up! Sadly for him, I don’t feel I could manage a third attempt any time soon – it’s a tough day!

Anyway, as I’ve done two different approaches to the hill, I thought it might be nice to use this post to highlight the route differences…

Braeriach from near Chalamain Gap
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