Beth's Stuff, of a Random Nature

Carn a'Mhaim from Linn of Dee

Spring has finally sprung, and in the words of John Muir - "The mountains are calling and I must go". I have been meaning to do Carn a' Mhaim since my backpacking trip last autumn. It had been on the plan but I was too exhausted to haul an overnight pack over it and Ben Macdui so escaped via the Lairig Ghu - which was another of my must do's at some point.  read more ...

  (20/04/18)

 

Glenmore and Abernethy Forest ride

I've been meaning to write up my bike rides for a while and this one is a suitable first as any. Whilst I've been to Rothiemurchus and Glenmore for a ride a number of times previously I wanted more of complete circular. Looking at the map I spotted a suitable route of forest track, a little road, and then more forest track to get back. Even more so it meant climbing through Glen More, past An Lochan Uaine (the green lochan to most people) to Ryvoan bothy which is my favourite low level stroll.  read more ...

  (02/02/18)

 

New boots on Cairngorm

Having tried, and remarkably failed to climb Meall a' Bhuachaille the other week, I was ready for some more snowy stomping. In the meantime I'd been to Aviemore on a boot hunt, and failed. A visit to Craigdon Mountain Sports, the only outdoor shop in Sneckie I hadn't been in also failed to provide suitable boots for my feet. However, a chance dropping in on Tiso was successful. I now haz a bright shiny new Pair of La Sportiva Trango Tower boots. Rated B2 they are horribly stiff on paths round the usual dog walk. On snow, they turned out rather fine. Even on a long day with Gina being very slow they kept my feet warm and comfortable. Definitely good snow boots and lighter than my AKU SuperAlp's.  read more ...

  (07/01/18)

 

A night with the devil

I'm just starting to write up this walk of epic proportions almost a week later. My excuse is simply that in the days after I have been supremely tired, a little achy and my brain struggled to adjust back into normal life. I was only away 2 days and a night, but it felt a real shock to rejoin the bustle of life.  read more ...

  (02/09/17)

 

Mayar and Driesh, and Mount Keen - 10/11 Aug 2017

I was considering a walk to Ben Klibreck in Sutherland for the Thursday as the weather looked reasonable early in the week. As my good weather day approached the forecast deteriorated substantially. On the day before my walk chance meeting with Gina meant I might have some company, but she'd already done it and didn't fancy repeating it. The south-east highlands forecast looked much better. I reconsidered going north, and contemplated the south eastern highlands. I mentioned my vague plan to Gina. She was up for it. So at very short notice we arranged to meet up at the Glen Doll car park in the depths of Glen Clova. Both arrived just before 11pm and immediately went to bed in the campers.  read more ...

  (11/08/17)

 

Beinn Dearg, Ullapool - 18th July 2017

It was in May 2009 that I walked 3 out of 4 of the Ullapool Beinn Deargs with the Morley gathering. I remember it as a particularly rough year. I'd been diagnosed with Crohn's, had umpteen operations, 'investigations', and failed at a number of drugs to try to gain control. It did end fairly well with me being put on yet another which did eventually help. And obviously, bagging 3 munros was pretty good going for the time. So much has happened since, but the mountains were still there. The one I'd missed was Beinn Dearg itself...  read more ...

  (21/07/17)

 

Beinn Mheadhoin and Ben Macdui via Loch A'an

Following beside the Allt Coire Raibeirt down to Loch A'an, the rough and rocky path already pretty steep, steepened further. Sitting on a rock step water running down my leg as I lowered myself down to the next ledge I hoped it was going to be worth it. I saw no-one about. I hadn't since two guys came up the track from the ski centre on a glorified quad-bike passing me at the Sheiling Station. I'd seen ant like dots climbing the path to Stob Coire an t'Sneachda, but they wouldn't see me if I slipped. Or hear me. Don't slip I thought, it wouldn't be good.  read more ...

  (13/07/17)

 

Ben Hope - feeling remote

As I followed the A836 north out of Lairg it turned into a single track road. Quite wide, with well marked passing places. The miles passed by, Ben Kilbreck had it's head in the clouds, and it was drizzling. We reached Altnaharra, crossed the bridge over the River Mudale and spotted our turning off towards Ben Hope. Really! I was under no illusions this was going to be a narrow road, but this looked 'interesting'. I turned in. There were no passing places, at least no signs. after a while I must have tuned in, or something. The passing places were few and overgrown as if they had never seen tarmac. Hmm, well lets hope I don't meet anyone coming the other way! Coming round the next corner a car came the other way but luckily there was a wide gravel verge for them to veer onto. Phew. A temporary bailey bridge with big gravel ramps either side crossed a river. The original a victim of one of the 2015/16 storms perhaps.  read more ...

  (28/06/17)

 

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