Glencoe! Simply put, words and pictures cannot do it justice. It is without doubt, apart from my home area of Glenelg and Arnisdale, my favourite part of Scotland. I always fail to drive from Tyndrum to Fort William, without at least stopping once. It is just magical. Since starting on the Munros, it is the [...]
For many people, seeing a hill range like the 5 sisters once is like a dream come true. The majestic hills rising out of Loch Duich, giving view points over such a vast area of the North West Highlands, are very much high on every hill walker/climbers lists. For me, ,until recently, the site of [...]
We are blessed in Scotland to have such a wonderful capital city. From the imposing castle, the elegant George street, stunning Arthur's seat, and that famous Leith sunshine, Edinburgh has it all. I was very fortunate to spend 5 years studying and working in Edinburgh. I grew to love my adopted city, especially during [...]
An incredible amount of preparation went into the the organising of this epic journey. Ian had spent weeks arranging with football grounds, gaining sponsorship, and co-ordinating all the partcipants to meet in Berwick, to stay the night before the start. Claire, Michelle, Ian, Lawrence and myself hit the road. The Journey begins... We arrived in [...]
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 [...]