Finished on An Teallach!

20 06 2017

Thu 18 May 2017
The day of my Munro Tops Compleation arrived and I’d only managed to scrape two companions together and ended up, by the end of the walk, with just one! Maybe it was because I’d had to make it mid-week as I couldn’t get any weekend accommodation in the area? or maybe I’m just unpopular!


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Liathach Traverse

5 11 2016

Wed 12 Oct 2016

The day after my Ghuibhais walk (previous post), I joined another Steve Fallon Group walk – this time on my erstwhile ‘bete noire’ – Liathach! Would my chest hold out for such a steep and hard climb? Would I freak out in a total funk like last time? it’s a pretty fearsome beast…

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Ben Nevis Ledge Route & CMD

3 09 2016

Mon 4 July 2016
This was another day out organised with Steve Fallon, although he wasn’t doing the guiding this time…

At the start of the year, feeling a bit of a daredevil, I booked up with Steve Fallon to do several ambitious scrambling routes in the Scottish mountains. The first was my Forcan Ridge trip in June – this was the second and there is one more to come.

Ledge Route
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Bruach na Frithe North Ridge

11 07 2016

Tue 24 May 2016
This was day three of our climbing club’s Glenbrittle Memorial Hut meet and I was starting to learn… Learn to climb better? no… learn to scramble better? nope… I was starting to learn that no-one was going to ask me to accompany them on anything being done by the various members of the club. Time to take a different tack…

Bruach na Frithe North Ridge Profile
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Forcan Ridge with Steve Fallon

26 06 2016

Sat 4 June 2016
For ages I’d debated and stressed about the best way to approach the gnarly Munro Top of Sgurr nan Forcan – I was starting to think it was going to be my hardest top…

Forcan Ridge & The Saddle fm Meallan Odhar
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Birker Moor Outlying Wainwrights & a Deadly Disease!

20 06 2016

Mon 9 May 2016
One of Richard and my favourite new places to stay in the Lake District is the Brook House at Boot in Eskdale. Eskdale is full of gorgeous walking of all types. On our first day we decided to bag some more of my outlying Wainwrights – I saw that my remaining ones in that area could all be done without taking the car out of the carpark at the hotel – always a good thing in my book…
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Oliver Gill Scrambling

10 06 2016

Tue 10 May 2016
As it’s named after me and I’d heard good things about the scrambling in it, I thought it was high time I had a look at Oliver Gill. Most Lake District aficionados have probably never heard of it and don’t know where it is so, not only will I tell you, I’ll provide pictures 🙂
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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 »