Borderhugh wrote:Well done Martin. Looks like there are some great hills down there. Will take note of your forest experiences.
Thanks Hugh, the Borders are very under estimated and great fun.
PeteR wrote:Martin, I've been meaning to add my congratulations to you here too. Well done The Donalds are a fine group of hills and you certainly chose some more challenging ones for your final two trips. So glad you had fine weather for both days and were able to enjoy the experience
Thanks Pete, I suffered on the final day purely because of the heat
simon-b wrote:Congratulations, Martin, and a fitting tribute to your mother.
GillSte wrote:Well done Martin, and a great report! Tough hills, especially in the summertime, but really good. I've taken to visiting in the winter when the vegetables are less triffid like
Thanks Gill, I will be heading south again over the colder months,
inca wrote:Firstly, congratulations on finishing your Donalds round. That's a tough little collection to wrap it up on
Secondly, I was interested in the dedication at the end of your trip report. It struck a chord. I lost my father to cancer in 2012. He was my best friend as well as my Dad. Don't mind admitting my world fell apart for several months afterwards.
Some time in late 2013, I hatched a plan to tackle the Donalds. Think I'd only done 4 or 5 at the time. There was a compelling and simple case for the rest - his first name was Donald. It all seemed perfectly sensible
Curious thing is it worked. I finished my round in 2015. My final hill was one listed in this report. The Donalds offered a solitude (mostly) that gave me time and space to think. To make sense of loss and and find some equanimity with what life left behind.
The Donalds? Back of the class hills in relative terms I suppose. But they'll always be special to me. And doubtless for you too now. What's in a name eh? Probably more than Percy Donald could ever have known.
Thanks very much for your input, you are spot on about solitude, you rarely see anyone - not that I was complaining.
kiltedbiggles wrote:Just getting around to reading this now Martin......worth the wait!!!! Some fantastic photo's....especially good as I did most of these in the clag. It's quite hard to explain to people just how involved and exhausting Mullwarchar and co are. A massive congrats to you and very meaningful with the connection to your Mum. Bring on round 2!!!
Thanks Allan, no round 2 sorry, will revisit some of them - got plenty of other fish to fry so to speak.
rockhopper wrote:Missed this first time round. Congratulations A good set of hills down here on which to finish too - more rugged than many may expect - cheers
Thanks RH, enjoy your final 2 and save Windy Gyle to the end - I enjoyed that walk, my first visit to the Pennine Way.