Beth's Stuff, of a Random Nature

Climbed by year and month


You have climbed 93/282 munros.

Ben Lomond

The campers the other side of the car park from me were still in their tent, asleep perhaps, or hiding from the midges. I was in Florence, unhampered and grateful. When they turned up late the previous evening I wondered where they came from. It wasn't an obvious stopping point on say the WHW. Or a cross Scotland walking route, or even a local route. It was on the NCN7 but they were walking, they couldn't be walking a hard packed or road route surely. Judging by the lass limping I'd guess they had walked a fair distance.  read more ...



The 3 middle Fannichs

Another walk with Anna and Liz. Meall a' Chrasgaidh, Sgurr nan Clach Geala, Sgurr nan Each are the 3 middle Fannich munros. They are mainly grassy, with the lower slopes steep and boggy. Whilst the walk in is short, the return journey is a long rough walk back. The names mean: the rounded hill of the crossing?, the peak of the white stones, and the peak of the horses respectively.  read more ...



Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Glas Maol, and Creag Leacach

Instead of Beinn Eighe in the rain I suggested to Anna a round of the 6 munros east of Glenshee ski centre. She bit my hand off. For some reason, possibly due to lightness of foot, I decided to wear my leaky trail shoes yet again. The goretex liner has given up at the edge where the shoe flexes with each footfall. And this I knew was going to be a boggy walk after a week of rain. D'oh.  read more ...



Slioch - beast of a walk

Situated at the south-east end of Loch Maree, Slioch is the massive 'castle' like hill from the car park at Slatterdale. Being on the opposite side to the road the access is via a 4+km walk in and out from Incheril on the outskirts of Kinlochewe. Which is not made easy by the roughness of the meandering path weaving along the edge of fields and crossing rough stream beds.  read more ...



Beinn a' Ghlo

Today I learnt... that I don't react well to stopping mid walk to have lunch. Getting going again was hellish and I never recovered my pace.  read more ...



Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich

I was aiming to do the 2 northern munros of the eastern Fannaichs, Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich and Sgurr Mor. However, when I finally reached BLMF, Sgurr Mor was just that step too far. Whilst I enjoyed kicking steps in a few snow slopes on the way up the unavoidable stretches of boulder field had taken there toll and I was becoming clumsy. A sure sign of tiredness. My fitness had suffered a lot over the winter as I'd not been able to get out as often as I would have liked.  read more ...



An Socach (Braemar)

Another day where MWIS and MetOffice mountain forecasts was vastly different. And another day where the MetOffice were spot on. Come back Geoff Monk, you were vastly better than the current forecaster. And another thing.... I parked in a nice big layby for this walk because of signs at the entrance that said 'no parking, large vehicles/etc'. So what did I find when I got back down. Yup, parked all over the scenery including right on top of the entrance. Pretty arrogant I thought.  read more ...



A winter Cairngorm constitutional

The weather forecasts were really strange. MWIS was completely useless, using word like "some hills..." and "other hills..." without any hint where these better or worse conditions might be. Meto were only slightly better. At least they hinted there would be an inversion over the Southern Cairngorms but neglected to mention Northern Cairngorms at all! The latter's forecasts could be better timed, the evening before coming out well into the evening some days does not give much or any time to formulate plans.  read more ...



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