Mal Grey wrote:Epic barely covers it, an excellent adventure.
I do like the annotated images with the summit names.
I knew before clicking on it that your haunting sound would be divers. They really do get the hairs standing up on your arms when you hear them on a calm still morning.
Thanks Mal. Glad you like the annotated images. I do it in part because I found that when I looked back over panos, the peaks that had seemed quite clear on the day were significantly harder to distinguish on the pics.
And divers: yes, just wonderful; and the first time I’ve heard them at dawn .
Huff_n_Puff wrote:Wow - that's truly impressive and great weather watching too
It took us 2 trips and 3 days to do this lot, although that included a stunning east west backpack between Dalwhinnie and Corour to do the Ben Alder 6. As for squishing midges we find burning pyrethrum (sp?) coils in the tent is the fastest (and laziest) way of getting shot of them.
When you have a minimum 8 hour drive one-way, weather watching assumes quite considerable significance … Fortunately my Chief Executive is a superb forecaster, and normally keeps an eye open for me ( = reads the weather runes…).
Thanks for the coils tip: I will definitely give it a try. Does it kill them, or just keep them at bay? I know that pyrethrum is a component of many insecticides, so I suppose it’s the former…???
Mountainlove wrote:You carried booze on that monster of a walk Respect
Brilliant effort and what a walk this was ! Took me back a few years ago when I walked among those magnificent hills.
Hope your toenail is ok after all? Loved the midge picture...one of my favorite ? activities in summer.
Ahhhh! Haven’t expressed myself very well. I took a HUGE risk, and left the precious bottle in my tent. So I only carried it on my back for the biking bit. But given the lack of establishments of cultural, historical and architectural interest on the shores of Loch Pattack, coupled with the (medically established) need to replenish insensible liquid loss after a long walk, I deemed it absolutely necessary to carry the medicine to base camp…
BTW the pic from Geal Charn was actually half-inched from your report - I was hoping I could rely on you not to sue for breach of copyright…
I generally read up reports on an area after I've done it myself, and yours was one of those (excellent report, as usual, BTW).
Toenail is now blue – an entirely reliable indicator of future loss
That's exactly how I felt when in the midst of it
simon-b wrote:Another big one there, AK. I was happy having done the 9 Munros in just three day walks, but your effort beats that. A great area to walk in, and it looks like you went for one long walk to get all the tops, rather than being tempted by some of the scrambles like Lancet Edge and the Leachas ridges.
Thanks Simon. It surely is a great area to walk in - I think, one of the best. I did take a cursory look at the scrambles while planning the route, but they looked more like "enjoy if they're on the way", rather than "must do's", hence concentrating on the walking. Was that a mistaken assessment...???