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Re: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!

Brilliant report which managed, in your inimitable way, to put lipstick on a pig. Crossed the river to the Marilyn Beinn Reidh once, leaving our wellies with a note that we would return on the other side. Unfortunately when we came back, the river had risen that extra 1/4 inch which made all the di...
by Roger T
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!
Replies: 27
Views: 2370

Re: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!

Great "sensible" footwear :lol: :lol: I used the barefoot option when crossing this very river, but to my excuse it was late spring and warm enough to dunk feet in water without freezing my toes off! Are you aware of the Glascarnoch Toe-eating Piranha? (Top Tip: It only ever eats toes wit...
by Roger T
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:12 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!
Replies: 27
Views: 2370

Re: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!

Big fan of the Lochcarron spar (no commercial interests either). Managed to get a spare battery for my car key there as well as a wee screwdriver to fit it. Sounds like I need to save up my £11.99 and return for some wellies. Mostly only locals know that hidden away upstairs is a micro-B&Q. (No...
by Roger T
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:09 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!
Replies: 27
Views: 2370

Re: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!

I once - probably on a warmer day! - went walking through some the of Central Lake District bog in shorts and bare feet. It was a wonderfully liberating feeling, and there was solid ground about a foot down. Sounds wonderful. Are you aware though, of the Lake District Toe-Munching Bog Alligator? (T...
by Roger T
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:07 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!
Replies: 27
Views: 2370

Re: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!

dogplodder wrote:Great report! :D

I remember heathery hill well and also took wellies for the river crossing. But wellies didn't help much when river was running at mid thigh level. :lol:


You mean you didn't have a deep sea diver's suit stashed cunningly in the bottom of your pack? Serious oversight!
by Roger T
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:04 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!
Replies: 27
Views: 2370

Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!

The trouble with Munros is that they just have to be done. And some just have to be done somewhat more than others. What I mean by that is that there are some Munros that you do simply because you have to. You don’t do Liathach or Alligin or An Teallach, for example, just because you have to – you d...
by Roger T
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:00 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Wet! Wet! Wet! Giving Am Faochagach Some Welly!
Replies: 27
Views: 2370

Re: The Lows and Lows of the Heights of Kinlochewe

Thanks to the continuing interest in this I did a bit more digging. Here are some edifying facts: The Heights of Kinlochewe Estate, which includes Loch Fada, came on the market in 2011, at an asking price of £2.6million. The sale details contain the following gem: A successful woodland grant scheme ...
by Roger T
Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:54 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Lows and Lows of the Heights of Kinlochewe
Replies: 17
Views: 5246

Re: The Lows and Lows of the Heights of Kinlochewe

Thanks to everyone for the unexpected replies - the piece was written quickly and mainly for my own benefit, in an attempt to try to capture the various thought processes that had absorbed me for pretty much the whole day - so I didn't expect much interest. Thanks in particular to Alteknacker for hi...
by Roger T
Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Lows and Lows of the Heights of Kinlochewe
Replies: 17
Views: 5246

The Lows and Lows of the Heights of Kinlochewe

The Lows and Lows of the Heights of Kinlochewe Note: There are no photographs accompanying this report, for reasons which will become obvious. I didn’t expect such a day of soul-searching. I just wanted a good long easy walk, a relaxing leg-stretcher. With the weather putting paid to my continuing m...
by Roger T
Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Lows and Lows of the Heights of Kinlochewe
Replies: 17
Views: 5246

Just a Little Walk in the Snow - Bien Liath Mhor

The snow had come and I wanted to walk in it, as high as possible. The trouble was, I had never done it before. I have no winter mountain experience, apart from years of skiing, which hardly counts, and with less than ten Munros under my belt, not a huge amount of summer experience either. But I kne...
by Roger T
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Just a Little Walk in the Snow - Bien Liath Mhor
Replies: 3
Views: 1136

Re: Webtogs - Walk Report Winners - October

Thanks so much! That's a great honour, given that so many terrific reports appear on this site. It's also a great boost to a relative beginner still finding his feet on the hill, and still searching for the best way to communicate the wealth of feelings that the whole activity generates. I will prob...
by Roger T
Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:53 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Webtogs - Walk Report Winners - October
Replies: 4
Views: 1424

The Rocky Road to An Ruadh-Stac

When you stand at the top of the Bealach a’ Choire Ghairbh and survey the eastern flank of the Corbett An Ruadh-Stac, the rock seems to be flowing down from the summit in great molten folds. It is an uncompromising sight, and the first time I saw it, back in August, my first thought was ‘No way!’ At...
by Roger T
Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Rocky Road to An Ruadh-Stac
Replies: 3
Views: 1658

Re: A Defining Moment - Beinn Alligin

Thanks for all the supportive comments. And a big thank you to Jennifer for unwittingly spurring me on! Liathach? Once I feel physically and mentally ready, and once I feel I've earned the right to set foot on such a mythical mountain...
by Roger T
Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:33 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A Defining Moment - Beinn Alligin
Replies: 12
Views: 7544

A Defining Moment - Beinn Alligin

Beinn Alligin is a beautiful mountain; more compact and well-defined than Beinn Eighe, less stridently hard-edged than Liathach. In the morning sun it glows; in the evening sun it glows too. For a beginning hill-walker like myself it offers enough, perhaps slightly more than enough, to make the full...
by Roger T
Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A Defining Moment - Beinn Alligin
Replies: 12
Views: 7544

Mind over Matter - Fionn Bheinn

About three or four times a year my back goes on strike. It just seizes up, pretends to be pained by the exigencies of life, and refuses to budge. Putting on a sock becomes a major undertaking; my gait becomes a delicate and misshapen waddle. That’s bodies for you: they have a mind of their own, and...
by Roger T
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Mind over Matter - Fionn Bheinn
Replies: 3
Views: 1580
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