Sgurr na Feartaig – on all Fours!

8 06 2017

Tue 16 May 2017
Now only two days before my Munro Top Compleation and Richard was still not fit enough. I’d arranged that we have two nights at Strathcarron on the way up where I said there was a fine choice of lovely Corbetts. I really wanted to do An Ruadh-Stac but not if rain was forecast as I believed it was pretty much all rock slabs for the final part of the ascent and thought they wouldn’t be much fun to descend in the wet. The other Corbetts I had in mind were Sgurr na Feartaig – a nice grassy hill from Craig, and Fuar Tholl – a short walk I’d prefer to leave for the Wednesday in case I didn’t need a day off. As rain was forecast for the middle of the day, we decided on Feartaig… Read the rest of this entry »

An Invaluable Munroing Companion

6 04 2015

Most people who read my blog probably know by now that I do most of my Scottish hillwalking on my own – that was true for more than half of the Munros and nearly all the Munro Tops. This isn’t because I’m anti-social but more due to my nature which is that of an out-and-out bagger.

There are days when most people wouldn’t go near a 3000 foot Scottish hill as the weather is dire, there’s not going to be a view etc. However, I was always too obsessed for that approach to be taken – that and it costs me a lot in time and money for all my Scottish trips so I always feel I have to make the most of as many days as possbile when I’m up there. Dire days have generally led to the refusal of others to accompany me so I’ve just gone ahead on my own.

Walking companions have come and gone – indeed, many have simply worn out. But I couldn’t have done the Munros without the one in this post… Read the rest of this entry »

Ben Wyvis & All His Tops

21 03 2015

9 September 2010 (Archival Post)

During a week at Ullapool, Richard wanted a day off after our ascent of Conival & Ben More Assynt the day before so he went off to do his own thing and I went for an ‘easy’ day on Ben Wyvis. However, at that stage, I wasn’t sure whether I was going for the whole thing (including all 3 tops) or just An Cabar to Tom a’ Choinnich. I was determined at least to do the full main ridge though. It all depended on the weather and how I was feeling when I got there. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Beinn MacDuibh (Ben MacDui)

6 03 2014

In Feb 08 I went with one of my walking groups (as in groups I walk with – not lead!) to the Glen More Youth Hostel near Aviemore. The day before the trip I’d just come out of hospital with an asthma attack but, being a Yorkshire person, I’d paid so I was going! 😉 Anyway I needed the practice at winter walking and the Cairngorms are my favourite place for that…

The Cairngorms from near the Youth Hostel in Summer Read the rest of this entry »

Saving £73 a Night on the Mullardoch Munros

16 08 2013

Mon 8 July 2013

It was evening by the time I arrived at Struy at the mouth of Strathfarrar to hunt down some accommodation amongst the very sparse habitation in the area before going down the glen Munro-bagging the next morning. I’d had a quick look at the parking area before the locked gate to the glen with a view to ‘car-camping’ there but decided it was a bit too central to the village and might upset someone. No, I’d be a good girl and look for some proper accommodation and help the local economy… what a shock I was in for! Read the rest of this entry »

Munroing in the Rough Bounds of Knoydart

28 11 2012

June 2009

The last set of Munros Richard and I needed to do in the Fort William area was the 3 Munros in the Rough Bounds of Knoydart at the end of Loch Arkaig; Sgurr nan Coireachan, the Garbh Ciochs (Mhor and Bheag) and Sgurr na Ciche. I’d spent all week reading up on them, studying the maps and looking at the piccies in the guide books but was feeling a little nervous as I thought the walk would be quite demanding on my nerves. The weather forecast for our last day at Fort William was good so I decided it was the day to go for it!

We got up pretty early (for us) as we knew it was a really long drive down Loch Arkaig on a not very fast road and that there was limited parking at the roadend. Despite setting off from Fort William at 0800, it was 0915 by the time we reached the parking at the end of the loch at Strathan.

Streap & Sgurr Thuilm from Strathan Read the rest of this entry »

Finishing The Fannaichs

31 10 2012

June 2010

My first priority for my 2010 Ullapool trip was to finish the Fannaichs – quite a hard day for the first walk of a trip but it was the one I most wanted to get done so I decreed that was where we were going! Read the rest of this entry »

Stob Gabhar & Western Tops

11 10 2012

This walk was very straightforward and I managed to have quite a relaxing day for a change…

I got off to a fairy late start after checking out of the bunkhouse and driving back across Rannoch Moor. Little did I know as I passed the Inveroran Hotel that my friend in Keswick Mountain Rescue and a group of his friends were staying there all week! What a co-incidence – shame I didn’t know… It was even funnier that I was travelling from Glencoe to Bridge of Orchy area every day and they were travelling from Bridge of Orchy to Glencoe! Read the rest of this entry »

Ben More & Stobinian – the Round

30 09 2012

September 2010
There is a strange bluey tinge on the sky of many of these photos – not sure what went wrong with them… maybe I need to get a filter? Wish we got it more often! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

The Prodigal Film

25 09 2012

Probably around 5 years ago now, I changed a film in a hurry and neglected to notice where I put the ejected one. The other day, my Dad found a stray film in their car – could it be mine? I sent it off and, lo and behold, it was indeed the errant film!

So, after a break of many years, here it is – a walk from Corrour Station over Carn Dearg and Sgorr Gaibhre and its top, Sgorr Choinnich and back via Loch Ossian’s shore… Read the rest of this entry »