Newlyweds on Honeymoon: From Norway to The Pap
by HighlandSC » Fri May 13, 2011 9:47 pm
Route description: The Pap of Glencoe
Grahams included on this walk: Pap of Glencoe
Date walked: 07/03/2011
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 725m4 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I consider myself the lucky one- as well as the above.... I'll always consider WH the place were I first spoke with the woman who'd become my wife
I'll spare you all a love story... but we met in 2009 after speaking on here and agreeing to meet for some walking. Michelle is American and lives over there but has regularly visited Scotland over the years. One thing led to another.....and we've both travelled back and forth between Scotland and US since......and in February this year we got married here in Scotland
In early 2012 I'll be moving to America (we remain apart awaiting my Visa, etc), and we have longer term plans to eventually move back to Scotland.
Michelle was here for nearly a month around the wedding. We spent a few days in Norway and the rest touring Scotland visiting family and out walking here and there (Glencoe, Isle of Mull, Glen Affric).
A few Norway pics: [Edit: Norway trip report now here]
Bryggen (UNESCO World Heritage Site in City of Bergen, West Norway)
After getting back from Norway we made a brief visit to family in Lockberbie. From there we headed up the road for a couple of nights in Ballachulish/Glencoe before going on to the Isle of Mull. Michelle has stayed at the same B&B in Ballachulish on her visits and always made a pilgrimage up to the Pap when in Scotland - it's a special hill for her, and today we'd be walking it together as husband and wife
Date - Mon 7 Mar 2011
Hill - The Pap of Glencoe
Route - Standard approach from Glencoe Village, ascending by path. Took on a short section of easy optional scrambling on final rocky section to summit. Returned by a more direct line straight down the hillside to rejoin original path.
Weather - A bit dull but the cloud stayed above (just) and the rain missed us!
People - Me / Michelle
Time - 4.5 hours
Distance - 6.6km
Ascent - 725m
Eyeing up the Pap from our B&B breakfast table, hoping the cloud wouldn't come down any more!
On the way to park in Glencoe village
We walked along the road a little before turning off toward the Pap, initally on the forest track before striking off on to the soggy path across the hillside
Deer soon spotted us
Then legged it
It's a steep push up, eventually easing a bit as you approach the summit dome
A very atmospheric Glen Coe
Approaching the dome
There is a loose rocky path that winds its way up the dome to the summit
Always keen to get hands on rock, we opted to take a direct line scrambling to the top
Summit (I must add- Michelle has a huge rucksack on!- she was testing out a new camping sack today)
Glencoe & Ballachulish
Fighter jet over Loch Leven
Descending the dome
Glencoe & Ballachulish
Glencoe Village green stream
Refuelling - Post-hillwalk treats! Bacon rolls and cake at Crafts & Things in Ballachulish always goes down a treat
Next stop- Isle of Mull!
by Valerie » Fri May 13, 2011 10:24 pm
by Graeme D » Fri May 13, 2011 10:35 pm
by HighlandSC » Fri May 13, 2011 10:46 pm
Beanierocks wrote:What a lovely story and some great pics too We have a photo of the Pap that was given to us as a wedding present and I've always wanted to climb it. We hoped to get to the top as we came off the AE a few weeks ago but we were shattered and focused on the clachaig for a wee refreshment instead
Cheers. I've heard accounts of people tagging the Pap on to the AE- sounds a great idea- but at the time I'm sure the Clachaig sounds a lot better!
Graeme Dewar wrote:Ahhhh - the power of Walkhighlands! Congratulations to you both and best wishes for your future together. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to get to walk with you both one day.
Thanks Graeme Same to you, Debbie & Ailsa. It'd be great to get out with you guys sometime
by LeithySuburbs » Fri May 13, 2011 11:03 pm
I think I put my missus off hillwalking a few years ago after a wet and views-free walk up Ben Vrackie. She now only does low level and short walks. There are only so many bl00dy waterfalls a guy can look at .
by Michelle » Fri May 13, 2011 11:39 pm
This is my special little hill, so it was great that it was our first hill together as a married couple. The pap always made a good leg stretcher after stumbling off the overnight flight into Glasgow in the morning not having gotten any sleep during the night, then sitting driving up to Glencoe by the afternoon- I'd have just enough energy left in me to wander up the hill and back before crashing in bed and sleeping for 15 hours!
Haven't done that lately though... I seem to keep ending up in Inverness rather than Glencoe!
by rockhopper » Fri May 13, 2011 11:44 pm
suppose the badge could've been the ".....something blue"Michelle wrote:We should have pinned Walkhighlands badges on our wedding attire... why didn't we think of that??
But seriously, congratulations and awra best for the future
by HighlandSC » Fri May 13, 2011 11:45 pm
Michelle wrote:We should have pinned Walkhighlands badges on our wedding attire... why didn't we think of that??
That's a good point! I'm sure I did try and offer something like that to Paul if he paid for the wedding- I don't recall getting a response though
But seriously Paul, we owe you and Helen a drink or three!
by IainG » Sat May 14, 2011 7:07 am
Trip Report of the month, Paul
Congratulations to you both and i wish you many happy years of walking together
by ChrisW » Sat May 14, 2011 10:17 am
I wish you a wonderful, long, healthy, happy married life
by NevJB » Sat May 14, 2011 12:07 pm
by HighlandSC » Sat May 14, 2011 8:48 pm
by KGBMC » Sat May 14, 2011 9:08 pm
Long Mae yir Lum Reek, wi ither folks coal
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