A couple of months ago I got an email from a gentleman, who had discovered me on google, requesting my services, to play the pipes for him as he completed his final Munro, Aonach Mor. It came as a great surprise to me, although, there can't be many who would do such a thing I [...]
Schiehallion was meant to be my 50th Munro. My plan was to climb it, pipe, and have my girlfriend Claire there with me. It was to be her first Munro (It may be her last for a while!!!) Sadly, my trip to Glenelg last week, yielded a total of ZERO summits, so this outing would [...]
The past months have been a slog for me. Job uncertainty meaning I have had to work 2 jobs, regular 16 hour days, no days off, meaning I had had about 2 days off in the past 2 months. I decided enough was enough and booked 10 days off both jobs, I await to see [...]
So, winter came, and for many of us, it conquered!. Rain, wind, snow, hail, you name it, we got it over the past few months. I saw some people braving the elements, and hitting summits no matter what, but for me, it meant lower level activities. Since hitting my elusive 50th Munro, I had grown [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]