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Dinky little Birnam Hill

No, it didn’t take me 7 hours to climb Birnam Hill. I’m slow, but I’m no’ that slow! Nor was it 24km, or 965m of ascent. I’d been at the Rumblie since the Friday before, and was on my way home. I had nary a hill to show for the four days, and rather than my usual exhausted, but euphoric post-jaunt m...
by kmai1961
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Dinky little Birnam Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Re: Scardy Cat at everything or feels like it

Hi, Jane, well done for being brave enough to admit it! I don't know whether there's a "one size fits all" solution for general scaredy-catness, but here are a few things that help me along the way: * Use as many points of contact with the hill as you need -- elegance doesn't count; gettin...
by kmai1961
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:35 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Scardy Cat at everything or feels like it
Replies: 22
Views: 1431

Cairngorm Corbett campaign from Deeside

It’s that time of the year – holiday time to use or lose. I’d booked a cottage on the Glen Tanar Estate back in mid-Jan, and fretted at the time that I might not be able to get there for any adverse weather that might happen. HA, I needn’t have worried about that! I could, in fact, have done with pa...
by kmai1961
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:57 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Cairngorm Corbett campaign from Deeside
Replies: 0
Views: 161

JMW 3: Strathblane to Croy (or, “I’m in Car Park 1”)

Stage 3 was upon us. Highlights included a teensy misunderstanding about exactly which car park I’d arrived (early) in, lots of tramping along the cycle path (past the volcanic plug of Dunglass) followed by lots of tramping along the canal towpath, a visit to Barhill Fort and a wee tramp along the A...
by kmai1961
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JMW 3: Strathblane to Croy (or, “I’m in Car Park 1”)
Replies: 0
Views: 145

Looked upon daily, never visited

Misty Law and Hill of Stake are two of the hills I see from my front rooms. Seldom a day goes by that I don’t look across to them. Actually going to, and climbing them, has on my radar a few times, but then I’ve made the mistake of reading a few reports about them – dangerously deep bog in some case...
by kmai1961
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:19 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Looked upon daily, never visited
Replies: 0
Views: 112

Re: WHW - solo walking

Totally agree with what Sgurr has said. I did the WHW twice, both times solo, and never had a moment of feeling unsafe (well, except when I got stuck in the mud in 2002, but by the time I did it again in 2004, the path had been re-routed around that section). The best thing for me, walking solo, was...
by kmai1961
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:06 am
 
Forum: Say hello...
Topic: WHW - solo walking
Replies: 5
Views: 527

JMW 2: Middle of Nowhere to Strathblane

I managed to drive to Strathblane with only one mis-turn; I took the wrong exit at the roundabout leading to Milngavie and found myself in Bearsden. It was quickly corrected, and since I’d allowed myself a bit of extra time for just such an occurrence (I do know myself rather well), I still arrived ...
by kmai1961
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JMW 2: Middle of Nowhere to Strathblane
Replies: 0
Views: 131

JMW 1: Helensburgh to Middle of Nowhere

So David and I’ve decided that doing the John Muir Way (Helensburgh to Dunbar) in sections is a good winter walking project. Something different; actually quite different, as we’re discovering. Today we walked the first section, to Balloch-ish. I say “ish” because we added on a bit extra to shorten ...
by kmai1961
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:21 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: JMW 1: Helensburgh to Middle of Nowhere
Replies: 0
Views: 163

Re: Backing up WRs

Thanks, Paul. I just tried this, and it does exactly what I want -- I'll print WRs to PDF, then probably send them away to be printed as cost-effectively as possible (given that I don't have free access to a color printer, ala Graeme! :lol: ). Maps aren't any problem, and as an added bonus, any comm...
by kmai1961
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:01 am
 
Forum: Help - how to use the site
Topic: Backing up WRs
Replies: 5
Views: 1443

The Cheviot

I met Jimmy and Gemma in Wooler, and we proceeded from there to the start point, near Langleeford. From there, it was a short walk along the road, then turning off to start up the hill. There were quite a few people out, as it was not only a holiday, but the weather was quite nice as well. At least ...
by kmai1961
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:06 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: The Cheviot
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Christmas in Glencoe

22-29 Dec 2018 Sat 22 Dec 4 hrs / 9.76km / 476m intended target: Meall Tairbh Oh, dear gawd, now I’m doing recces on Grahams!! :roll: It must have been close to 10am by the time I set off from the closed-for-the-season Inveroran Hotel. My intent was to follow a route that David had sent me, over Be...
by kmai1961
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:47 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Christmas in Glencoe
Replies: 0
Views: 175

Tinto + Falls of Clyde

ha, totally forgot I'd not logged this! Lovely short-day walks with David. Left my car near Strathclyde County Park. Very windy walking up Tinto -- enough to make my sinuses hurt! Nice views from the top, but it was fairly hazy. Back to the car by noon, we decided to drive to New Lanark and have a w...
by kmai1961
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:06 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Tinto + Falls of Clyde
Replies: 0
Views: 100

Re: They called, I went.

Thanks, everyone, for all the great comments. It's been especially nice to hear from people I've met along the way, but haven't seen for a while!

Karen
by kmai1961
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:27 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: They called, I went.
Replies: 36
Views: 6873

Lochinver

Lots of walking, lots of decent weather, plenty views. Stayed at the same place as at Easter, in Baddidarach, with its amazing shower, lush spa Jacuzzi bath, and a killer view across the loch to Canisp, Suilven, and Stac Pollaidh. I was fully in the holiday, completely undistracted by thoughts of wo...
by kmai1961
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Lochinver
Replies: 0
Views: 175

Re: Lost: rucksack rain cover, Beinn Leoid

Caberfeidh wrote:Which direction was it heading?


North-ish, I think. Last sighted out of the corner of my eye, flapping around to the left of me. So if you're in the seas off Durness, or maybe even on the Faroe Islands, keep your eyes peeled.
by kmai1961
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Lost: rucksack rain cover, Beinn Leoid
Replies: 3
Views: 450
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