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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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Great Borne & Starling Dodd from Ennerdale

16 11 2014

Wed 29 Oct 2014
Unfortunately, I forgot my film camera for this walk – and the weather was perfect! :-| So, these are all taken with Richard’s digital – while they’ve all come out great, I can’t help thinking how nice they’d have been with the film SLR.

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Beinn Fhada – the Daunting Sister

8 11 2014

Sun 21 Sep 2014
On the Sunday of my Skye trip I was due to return home but the weather was superb – I texted Jonah the day before to see if he could fit me in to do some more Cuillin Munro Tops but he said he was busy. I decided I’d have to do something on the way home as you can’t waste good weather in Scotland.

I normally drive home from Skye via Glen Spean straight to the A9 although it is a longer route as, trafficwise, it is much better and you save a fortune in fuel. The A82 is a very slow route in places – the only bit where you can get past some of the dawdlers and get a move on really is across Rannoch Moor. I did have some tops still to do in Glencoe however so thought I’d best try to force myself to tackle one of my bete-noires – Beinn Fhada in the Bidean nam Bian range – one of the famed Three Sisters of Glencoe. Read the rest of this entry »

Fiskivaig to Talisker Bay

2 11 2014

Sat 20 Sep 2014
Having cancelled my planned Cuillin Skyline walk with Jonah my guide, due to a bad weather forecast, I awoke to find a clear, starlit sky followed by a beautiful day – grrr! As I was staying at a B&B down in Portnalong, however, I decided it was time to do a walk I’ve wanted to do for a while – to Talisker Bay via the moorland track from Fiskivaig…

Talisker Bay Water Channel
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The Basteir Tooth

29 10 2014

Fri 19 Sep 2014
On the basis of the continuing superb September weather and great forecast, I quickly rang my usual Skye Guide Jonah on the Tuesday night and, finding he was free for the rest of the week, hurriedly booked time off work and set off for Skye on Thursday afternoon. My objectives were to do two walks to try to bag some of the remaining Munro Tops I had left to do in the Cuillin – seven in all which would take three walks to do. I thought trying to do them all would be pushing both my nerve and my luck too far really as the Cuillin Munro Tops are a pretty ‘exciting’ bunch!

As I arrived at Kyle and the Skye Bridge, however, I became worried at the amount of low cloud and mist – it was so bad that, as I drove over the bridge, I couldn’t even see the sea below me! A familiar feeling of foreboding crept over me… Read the rest of this entry »

Liathach’s Meall Dearg – Wait a Minute…

19 10 2014

Fri 12 September 2014
As he hadn’t managed to make my Munro Compleation walk in May up Ben Lui (through no fault of his own), my friend Mark kindly offered to ‘take me up the beast that is Meall Dearg’ (aka Liathach’s Northern Pinnacles). Such a superbly generous offer couldn’t possibly be turned down so we set dates, booked time off and met up at the Ling Hut in Torridon.

Unfortunately, the walk took place a day after originally arranged as I’d had to call by the carpark where Mark was camping in his van to arrange a rest day for my shredded legs and nerves after a day doing the whole of Beinn Eighe on the Wednesday! Luckily he also had Beinn Bhan to do in the area so went to do that on the Thursday instead. Read the rest of this entry »

Beinn Eighe – So Good, I Almost Did It Twice!

11 10 2014

Wed 10 Sep 2014
I’d booked into the B&B of Cromasaig near Kinlochewe for four nights as I’d arranged to meet my friend Mark on one of the days to do the infamous Meall Dearg (Liathach Northern Pinnacles). As I was driving all the way to Torridon – an eight hour drive for me – I thought it was a good plan to bag some of my other tops in the area. To be honest, I was hoping to bag all the remaining ones in the area but, due to this particular day, it didn’t work out like that and I needed a relaxing day to wind down and recover afterwards. Read the rest of this entry »

Stob Garbh (Cruach Ardrain)

5 10 2014

Wed 3 Sep 2014
This was a quickie as it was my last day in Crianlarich and I was driving back to Cumbria in the afternoon so needed a short one. Read the rest of this entry »