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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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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 »

Return Creise – it’s Just Not Cricket!

1 10 2014

Tue 2 Sep 2014
Due to the weather not sticking to the forecast, this walk didn’t turn out anything like the way I wanted it to and I ended up with my bottom lip quite a long way out in a sulk! Read the rest of this entry »

Taynuilt Peak by Train

24 09 2014

Mon 1 Sep 2014
As I had a few Munro Tops to bag in the area, I’d booked a 3-night stay at the lovely Suie Lodge Hotel between Crianlarich and Killin. The weather was forecast to be good for the whole of my trip but, as often is the case, didn’t turn out that way! Thinking I’d get the most remote of the tops I had planned out of the way first, that of Taynuilt Peak in the Ben Cruachan range, I decided to bag that on the first day. As there is a railway station at the start of the path up the hill, I fancied taking the train for a change… Read the rest of this entry »

Blaven South Ridge

16 09 2014

Mon 4 August 2014
Having chickened out of the Basteir Tooth with my guide in the morning due to incessant rain which would have made the whole route lethally slippery as the rock is basalt, I returned to Richard at the cottage in disgrace. The weather was supposed to be bad most of the day but clear up towards the end so we were keeping an eye out of the window all day. Come early afternoon, things seemed to be brightening up and we’d decided we couldn’t just sit there all day so we ventured out towards Broadford in the car as the weather looked best to the south.

On reaching Broadford, we thought it possibly looked promising out towards Blaven so Richard suggested I go and tackle the South Ridge as I needed the south top. The route I’d decided to take also visits the lovely desolate bay of Camasunary and had a couple of mile walk each way across a moorland pass to get to it so I decided that, if my hill remained in cloud, that would be a good alternative… Read the rest of this entry »