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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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37 responses

5 03 2013
Susan

I’m enjoying your beautiful photos. I too have a fear of heights, so it’s nice to sit back and live through your adventures!

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5 03 2013
mountaincoward

Hi Susan, thanks for your compliment on my photos – I try my best. They’re not all so beautiful though as some are included in posts for illustration of routes and suchlike and then often are not so great!
Carol.

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10 08 2012
Brad Stanton

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I love your blog. Wish i could go to those mountains!! I need to go find my roots in that area of the world.

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10 08 2012
mountaincoward

I wish I could go to those mountains again too but unfortunately, I have a non-healing broken big toe so can’t walk anywhere :-(
Carol.

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26 07 2013
Gudrun

Come for a visit to Cape Town and our Sunny South Africa. We have fantastic mountains all around us and you can just enjoy them without doing much walking. Kind regards, Gudrun

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27 07 2013
mountaincoward

Hi Gudrun, I may very well come to South Africa yet – I’ve got my eye on Table Mountain for one…
Carol.

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29 07 2012
eroticstorytime

The last walking holiday I went on was to the New Forest. It was great. All that fresh air after life in the big city took my breath away, quite literally!

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29 07 2012
mountaincoward

Which city do you live in? Here or abroad?

The New Forest is lovely – I used to go there a lot before I started going to Scotland so much – I miss it quite a bit and must get back down there soon. I used to ‘camp’ in my car down there and primarily went down to see the wild ponies as I love horses. The countryside down there is lovely too though :-)
Carol.

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19 03 2012
humourworld

Thank you for subscribing to my blog and i hope you will enjoy the posts.

I will subscribe to you through my other blog if you don’t mind.

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20 03 2012
mountaincoward

I’m pretty sure I will enjoy the posts as I love jokes of most kinds and a bit of regular humour will be a great thing :-)
Carol.

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5 11 2011
Robin

I had to laugh when I read your header and your description of your blog. My adventures in the mountains here in the U.S. have usually been “panic-stricken” and cowardly. I’m afraid of heights, you see. But I love being in the mountains. It is a strange combination. lol!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)

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5 11 2011
mountaincoward

I read your blog whenever I get time as I find it very uplifting. Mountain cowardice/fear of heights and the compulsion we get to go into the hills are indeed a strange mix! When I say I’m afraid of heights, most people ask why on earth I visit the mountains!
Carol.

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27 10 2011
tomyboy73

hi Carol, I used to read and converse with you on WH, went off for a while and noticed yourself and a few others were no longer members when i came back, monty being one and he`s now back, i can`t remember the other ones missing. sorry to hear what happened , you always encouraged me , thanks. I`ve read what happened through the comments on your blog, and have now subscribed to you…..i think. ;0)

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27 10 2011
mountaincoward

Hiya – great to hear from you – I remember you well :-) A few others have left yeah. Never mind, I’m enjoying having a blog much better than being on the forum (although I’m now on another walking forum anyway, mainly in case I need to ask questions and stuff). All my old reports will end up on here eventually but I’m primarily using them to fill in gaps between trips just now as I’m having a very busy year’s Munroing so having a lot to write about!

According to my admin page, it hasn’t listed any more subscribers tonight. You might just have subscribed to this comment section. Try the ‘follow’ button – should be at the top of the page – that’s the newest and easiest way I think. The old way, which should still work, is to click on the ‘sign me up’ button under ‘e-mail Subscription’ at the top of the right-hand column on the home page.

Hope you’re having a good time in the hills this year,
Carol.

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6 10 2011
roger gaff.

You ‘kindof’ just disappeared from the WH site…..about a year ago. Just catching up on the some of what happened. I do send reports to the WH site occasionally when I have gone out on a ‘not often covered’ wee journey. I don’t tend to write much just send a few images with some notes perhaps to get folks to, perhaps, try a different area of hills. It would seem that most folks are on the trail of the magic munros. Although having said that there are now quite a number that combine amazing journeys taking three categories of Scottish hills during the same trip. Well I guess that is a bit easier to avoid too much repetition, for me, since most of the days out are for Corbetts. Good to see that you are still very active and coming regularly up to Alba.

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7 10 2011
mountaincoward

Yeah, regularly coming and up and pretty often getting shafted by the weather! :-( Oh well. You’ve certainly had a bad summer up there haven’t you?
Carol.

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7 09 2011
kenny@fatdogwalks.com

Now here’s a surprise :D ! Remember reading your stuff on Walkhighlands ages ago – but didn’t realise you had become persona non grata – real shame – you always dished out nice comments as I remember. Haven’t been there myself for a while. It’s fun having your own blog though – you can write about a lot more than you can on a forum. Noticed your blog title on Alex and Bob’s site and thought…has to be!

Great blog btw! Thoroughly enjoyed having a peek at the previous posts. Now off to create another RSS feed on my site so I can see what new stuff you put up.

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10 09 2011
mountaincoward

Hi Kenny, Nice to hear from you. I did use to dish out nice comments but still got banned unfortunately :-( As did my poor walking buddy Richard – and he hadn’t been in any arguments at all!

Glad you’ve set up an RSS feed as I’m just about to post a typical ‘mountain coward’ horror story from Torridon soon! :-o
Carol.

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11 09 2011
kenny@fatdogwalks.com

Thanks for the welcome Carol…good to hear from you again.

I’ve been having trouble with my Open ID via WordPress so the link to my blog doesn’t work on my posting ID (ie kenny@fatdogwalks.com). The Fatdog and I are on WordPress at…

http://wherethefatdogwalks.wordpress.com/

It always feels a bit crass having to do this but if I don’t there’s no obvious way of other blog owners realising the blog exists. :lol:

Anyway I’m off to have a wee peek at your Torridon posts now. :D

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9 08 2011
David Seòras

cheers for the comment on my blog post… thought I recognized the name. So this is where you’re at. Haven’t been on walkhighlands in months but did notice you deleted your account a while back? Have added your blog to my google-reader.

David
(maddjock)

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11 08 2011
mountaincoward

Hmmm – Hi David – I didn’t exactly delete my account – I got banned! Long story, I was getting picked on by 4 users on WH and Mr. Webster apparently found it easier to ban me (plus one of the bullies) rather than keep tidying up posts/sending out warnings to the culprits etc :-(

It’s much more fun having a blog though isn’t it! :-)
Carol.

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13 08 2011
David Seòras

wow… didnt expect that…
I havent been back as I really didnt have the time. I’ve narrowed down my web presence to pretty much just my blog now and it saves me so much time each day rather than having to check through so many forums I was a member of not to mention facebook.
Got to agree, I love my blog too… :)

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18 08 2011
mountaincoward

I didn’t expect it either as I got no warning whatsoever! :-( Just couldn’t log in one day…

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28 05 2011
David Lawson

Hi Carol,
I remember reading your posts on Crib Goch while I was trying to make it up and over there. It was a huge help to read someone else’s descriptions of that feeling of exposure that matched my own after years spent trying to explain to people that it wasn’t heights or scrambling on their own that were the problem.
In case you haven’t been over yourself yet, I thought you might be interested to know that having had to turn back on my first try (before even reaching the ridge) I made it over at the end of last year after trying out hypnotherapy. I did as part of a newspaper feature I was writing and also made a video diary, so feel free to take a look at any of those on my own blog http://www.david-lawson.info
If you were going to give hypnotherapy a go I would recommend the chap I went to or finding someone close to home who is well recommended, but for going over Crib Goch itself I can’t recommend anyone more highly than Nigel Shepherd, the mountain guide who came with me to make sure I stayed safe. He was brilliant and really kept me relaxed (as well as safe).
Thanks again, and I really hope you make it up there!
David

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1 06 2011
mountaincoward

Hi David,
Glad to see you’ve made it across the fearsome Crib Goch! I haven’t yet unfortunately. To be honest I haven’t really been to Wales at all for the last few years as I’ve been going up to Scotland most months Munro-bagging. I might give some thought to hypnotherapy but I think my main problem, if I were to try it, are which of my problems and defects to fix first LOL!

I’m hoping not to have to get an actual guide for my attempt as I belong to a climbing club not far from the foot of the ridge so I’m rather hoping someone in the club will get me across. I have a few friends in the club who have offered if I’m there at the same time as them. I’ll need perfect weather though.

Did you go over the pinnacles, round them or a combination?
Carol.

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25 05 2011
Dan (aka icemandan)

Great website and good to see you’re keeping up the high standard of walk reports. As a periodic sufferer from mountain cowardice myself (particularly since I fell off) I know about Cuillin anxiety. Sgurr Mhic Coinnich and Sgurr Dubh stand between me and completion so will have to regain some courage at some point.

Cheers

Dan

BTW what happened? WH isn’t the same without you.

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26 05 2011
mountaincoward

Ah a name I remember! Hi Dan – glad to see you managed to make a note of my blog address before Mr. Webster deleted it (yet again). You might have noticed me and him appear to have fallen out somewhat. What happened? Well, I’m actually considering writing a separate page covering that… but basically, I was banned for BEING bullied on Walkhighlands. I gathered it was just too much trouble for him to have to keep cleaning up posts so he just banned me. No warning, nothing – just one day I couldn’t log in! Had to get Monty to check out what had happened :-(

Thanks for your complimentary comments anyway. What did you fall off? That would finish me I think – so would seeing someone fall off. Sgurr Dubh doesn’t look too bad (although I’m still not sure I’ll be up to it) but Mhic Coinnich looks horrendous doesn’t it! :-o
Carol.

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29 04 2011
Alex

Excellent blog . For someone who has a self professed fear of heights you seem to do alright :)
Alex.

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30 04 2011
mountaincoward

Why thanks :-)
It’s certainly providing me with an ongoing challenge doing the Munros that’s for sure!

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10 03 2011
Colin Gregory (Colgregg)

Nice blog site M.C. Will defo keep calling in for further reports. Unfortunatley circumstances have kept me away from the fells so far but hope to put in a Lakes trip within the fortnight.

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5 03 2011
David (magicdin)

Well done Carol – great idea – added to my favourites

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5 03 2011
mountaincoward

Thanks to everyone who’s subscribed so far and for your encouraging comments:-)
Carol

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5 03 2011
Monty

Hi Carol,
Nice to see your site up and running. I said before that you should write a book because you have great writing style and prose. Anyway less of the praise and get writing hahaha.

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5 03 2011
Tango

You have lift off,hopefully the site/blog will get bigger & better!!!Lets get them reports rolling……..

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4 03 2011
fedup

Looks great to me :)

Hope you’ve installed a big DELETE button, all the professionals have one ;)

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4 03 2011
Janet

Blog looks great, mountain coward :-) I’ll look forward to reading your 2011 exploits and beyond…and no doubt I’ll feature in one or two of them :-)

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4 03 2011
Derek Turnbull

Hi Carol,

Nice to see you back online ;-)

I’ve subscribed to the Blog so will see the new reports as you post them.

Cheers

Derek

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