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Schiehallion in the sun

PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:20 pm
by Alfachick
As I am writing this up the weather is pretty manky here with a constant rain in sharp contrast to yesterday when the weather was glorious. So I feel great that I managed to persuade myself and a couple of friends to get up early yesterday morning to go walk up a hill.

After a two hour drive we were on the hill by 1000, the start of the walk is fairly brutal, there is not much of a walk in to the climb so there is no chance for your legs to get properly warmed up and ready for it. Its just a short walk along the flat and then up, and up and up. It felt relentless. I found myself asking who's idea this was... turns out it was mine... damn! :crazy:

Once we gained the rocky ridge the going was easier on the lungs but harder going under foot. I had packed a pair of walking poles for my fried to try out as I know she is not so confident on the rocky stuff. What a difference they made for her, going both up and down. I would recommend that if you are less confident on the trickier terrain that you invest in a pair.

The views we got from the crowded top were excellent today due to the high cloud, it wasn't even hazy.

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Some of the views.


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At the top


The way down was nice and easy once we were off the rocks and the dog was off the lead.

The walk took us 5 hours on the nose at a leisurely pace.

We did notice that there were a lot of people out on the hill that were in completely inappropriate clothing and with no water or kit with them at all. I suspect this is quite a popular tourist hill but really it was quite eye opening to see some of the things people thought was acceptable to go hill walking in/with.

Overall it was a great day out made better by the weather and some random chat with folk on the way back down the hill. We met some lovely like minded people.