So the Arrochar Alps will always have a special place for me. Despite being brought up in the majestically rugged North West, surrounded by mountains, it wasn’t until I moved to Glasgow, and missed the hills, that my true passion for the mountains began. It was on the Arrachar Alps that I began my real mountain experiences. I had done Narnain previously, and was under the impression, that Beinn Ime, was just a simple progression, so off I went up Narnain.
Having grown up in Glenelg, I found it quite shocking that I hadn’t been up any of the local hills, barring Beinn Sgritheall! I had driven through Cluanie, seen the five sisters every day of my high school life, and had yet to stand on the summit of a Kintail Munro.
My previous climb had really wetted my apatite to tackle the Lawers range. From Meall Tarmachan, the site of those mountains rising up out of Loch Tay looked fantastic, and with the snow adding a stunning sparkle to the slopes, I couldn’t wait!
Coaching done at 11.30am, and suddenly, I come down with a bug! Will not go into detail, but let’s just say I was late to meet my fellow coach after the session to have a pint to celebrate the end of a successful block of coaching! I finally made it to meet, Mark, and we [...]
By now, my activities were starting to generate interest, not just from friends and family, but the wider climbing community. One of my father’s co-workers, an experienced climber, had been following me with interest. He did however express concerns about the equipment I was using.
Cloud…something to really depress a hill walker. Many walkers go up regardless, and I can understand that, I have caught the bug, and I love the physical achievement of reaching a summit. But having said that, I can’t feel the achievement is complete if I can’t see anything. If cloud blocks the views, you could [...]
One hill that has always stuck out to me, and thousands others, is Beinn Dorain by Bridge of Orchy. There is something fantastic about the shape and imposing nature of this quite beautiful mountain, and for me, it is the gateway to the highlands. Coming round the corner from Tyndrum, and seeing this hill, and [...]
Again I was working in the evening, and was thinking what I could do with my days. The sun was shining again, and I could almost hear it shouting “I’m not here often, get out and enjoy it”. Ben Vorlich was next on my list, due to its closeness to Glasgow, so off I went. [...]
One of my duties when home is usually to walk the dog. Mum goes out to work, and I have to make sure the dog has at least 2 decent walks. Simba, is a cross between and jack russell and a collie, and is very small, so usually a little mile walk and chasing a [...]
I had a couple days off work coming up, and the weather had been fantastic. The sun was shining like it was mid-summer, and although it was cold, the air was so fresh. I was desperate to get out walking. The night before, I was at work, planning to go to either Beinn Narnain or [...]
It was the 9th of January, and due to lack of experience, knowledge and equipment, I thought I would have to wait till spring or summer to start my personal challenge of playing the bagpipes on ALL the Munro tops, due to weather and underfoot conditions. Having climbed Ben Lomond back in April, in blistering [...]