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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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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 »

Loch Coruisk & a Visit to The Bad Step

7 09 2014

Thu 7 Aug 2014
At last, Richard and I finally managed to get to Loch Coruisk for our long-promised walk around its shore – we didn’t get the weather we’d hoped for though, even though it was forecast for the day. I’d originally tried to book another guide to take me onto the Cuillin Ridge as my guide had left the island for the rest of the week and the weather was supposed to be superb. In the end, I was glad I hadn’t managed to hire one! Read the rest of this entry »

Actually Enjoying Climbing at Hutton Roof

28 08 2014

Sat 23 August 2014
After failing miserably for the last couple of years at the Harrogate Indoor Wall to find an outdoor climbing partner who is willing to drag me up various easy crags in the area, I decided my best course of action is to contact one of the local clubs who climb. Harrogate Climbing Wall do climb outdoors but only on gritstone which I really can’t do – the holds are just too rounded for my awful technique. What I was looking for was some nice limestone – I was sure I’d like that… Read the rest of this entry »

Loch Monar Wilderness – Meall Mor

25 08 2014

Thu 10 July 2014
My second long, hard day of my July Munro Top-bagging trip… The weather was really hot, sticky and airless but some great views were to be had from the hill plus a visit past the lovely Pait Lodge down the desolate wilderness of far Loch Monar. Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Avon & Beinn a’ Bhuird Tops from Inchrory Lodge

16 08 2014

Tue 8 July 2014
I’d been working up to this walk all year as, originally, I was planning to camp down by Inchrory Lodge but, each time I was due to make the trip, I thought it was way too cold for a tent! I also knew I’d have to be very fit for this round and, as I’m not managing to get properly fit this year, kept putting it off in the hope I’d feel fitter as the year went on. Eventually, the time came when I decided I should get on with it – at least it was much warmer now July had arrived… Read the rest of this entry »