Video account of climb, with music.
So last week, Scotland was sizzling in unnatural summer temperatures, and I had the great luck of working back shifts for the whole week. Upon seeing the weather forecast, I quickly set about re-arranging my work pattern. My work colleagues aren't quite as on the ball when it comes to looking ahead on weather forecasts, so I felt a bit bad knowing that people were covering my shifts when it was going to be such a great day, but then again...
As usual there is the big decision of WHERE to go when you have a full day. Due to still getting out of my winter fitness slump (it is going on longer than I would like), I wanted an easy day, taking in only one Munro.
Stob na Broige, is the lesser known summit of Buachaille Etive Mor, and having climbed Stob Dearg last year with some friends, I wanted to complete the set.
I was really worried at the start about the wind, and this was going to be constantly on my mind the whole walk, but the sun was out, and it remained dry. The walk in from the road is very straight forward, along the river, and you have the stunning summit rising majestically in front, drawing you.
I passed a few photo takers, who had wandered up the glen a little to take a few photos. I got a few odd looks, which are becoming less odd and more normal, with them seeing a random guy in a kilt.
Once at the bottom of the actual hill, it is basically a straight up climb. There was a broken path, which I lost a couple times, but on the whole, it was pretty straight forward. The wind was relentless, and I was actually getting soaked from the river getting blown BACKWARDS up the hill with force. It is at times like this, when you start to question the decision to wear a kilt on a Munro climb. Fortunately, no one was behind me!
Once at the top of the bealach, it was my kind of walk...ridge. It is amazing walking down a ridge, views on each side, and feeling that sense of freedom. It is time to put everything in perspective, you realise how small you are in the grand scheme of things, and that the world is there to be enjoyed.
As I played my tune on the summit, I felt that sense of pride I always do when playing on a summit, and wishing I could somehow turn this into a career...wishful thinking eh.
As I packed up my pipes, unlike recent climbs, I had the time to just sit and take it all in. It was such a clear day, I was able to see so many tops. I am getting better at naming them now, having piped on so many of them now.
The descent was met with a sense of sadness. It is always sad leaving such stunning views behind, but the pub awaited.
Have a wee watch of the video link at the top, it shows it better than I can explain.
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