Fantastic sunny clear day for our walk. This was my first walk/climb in several years and right at the start of a diet/fitness challenge. Left Inveruglas and walked up the dam road to the foot of the wall, left up a non existant path and climbed up over Sloy to the peak of Ben Dubh, and I mean climbed,,this was vertical, grass grappling stuff. Really doubted my ability, as above, first time out in years. But, at the advice of one of my companions,,"dont look too far ahead, aim only at the next rock or clump etc and you'll get there"! Boy was it worth it, fantastic views in all directions and a real sense of achievement. Dropped down and crossed the easy going terrain, past a still frozen loch and up to Ben Vane.
By the crowds we saw at Inveruglas, thought this was going to be a busy route, but first people we met was half way between the two peaks, going in opposite direction,,even on Ben Vane,,just 2 groups at the summit.
An amazing t-shirt day, fantastic views and a very strenuous climb/walk. The climb down was pretty much vertical from the summit so leg muscles took a pounding. But an amazing day out.
First show of what became a very troublesome ITBS issue (illiotibial band syndrome) major problems with my left knee and hip. Thought it was just from the days exertions but transpired to be a bigger issue,,thankfully some physio and an understanding of cause and effect helped ongoing.
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