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Something's not quite right

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Munros: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Ban (Mamores)
Date walked: 12/05/2019
Distance: 13km
Ascent: 1155m
Views: 8


4 seasons on Mullardoch

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Munros: An Riabhachan, An Socach (Mullardoch), Carn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch), Sgurr na Lapaich
Date walked: 05/05/2019
Distance: 21km
Ascent: 1820m
Views: 11

A Struggle

Sub 2000s: Well Hill

Date walked: 29/04/2019

Time taken: 1.55 hours

Distance: 5km

Ascent: 260m


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Two weeks since my last outing and I have been suffering with achy legs and as the first GP appointment isn't for 3 weeks I have been self diagnosing or trying to. Basically I have no idea what is wrong but the aching pain is not a recipe for a good nights sleep. My plan was to tackle a nice easy gentle hill on the way home after my monthly family visit down south.
Well Hill seemed the obvious choice, next step which way to tackle it? Like most Marilyns the number of walk reports is limited, Well Hill has 6 which is about to be increased. Like most of my walks in the Borders I tend to try and tackle the hills head on, which is usually the shortest way, but not usually the easiest.
The only route similar to my planned route was by Tinto63, but he was more ambitious and wanted more!
I left Cheshire before 8am and then had to battle the Monday morning commuters, I am so glad I don't live down south and also don't have the commuting problem.
The trip down south was the first in my new car, which in theory is exactly the same as my old one, apart from a slightly different shade of blue and no Satnav. I have driven along the A702 umpteen times so had a rough idea where I was going, but like most folk these days, used my Smartphone to navigate. I found a nice wide layby about 30 yards from my planned start point.

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My parking spot

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The start was bang on the border and this proves it

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The other border sign

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Looking down on the car, I was taking every opportunity to stop as the ascent was a real struggle

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Next photo

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Looking east

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Looking across to the Lowthers

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Peat hags, noy my favourite obstacle, luckily the ground is dry so they weren't a problem

My route would have me following the fence all the way to the summit, the big decision I had to make was which side of the fence do I walk on. I opted to stay on the left for the ascent and that for a change turned out to be the smart move as the terrain on the other side of the fence was more challenging. The fence doesn't go in a nice straight line to the summit it wriggles in all directions, but I wasn't bothered about walking a few extra yards if the underfoot conditions were better where I was.

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The highest round bit is Well Hill, looks further away than it actually was

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The view west from the summit of Well Hill

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Video taken on the summit of Well Hill

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Looking north to the Lowthers

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Time to head back down, it was certainly much easier than the struggle uphill. Large wind farm in the distance

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Back at the peat hags again

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Final descent, grass was dry so not a problem

This turned out to be an excellent little bit of exercise and just what my legs needed, I really enjoyed Well Hill and had I felt better and fitter I would definitely tagged on another nearby hill. I should also add that I am maybe being a little harsh on myself - when I plotted the route and compared my ascent time to Naismith I was a couple of minutes quicker!!

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Big Bookil 2 car trick

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Attachment(s) Munros: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor), Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor)
Date walked: 14/04/2019
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 1165m
Comments: 1
Views: 13


A Couple of long walks (WH Meet)

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Attachment(s) Munros: Sgurr a'Chaorachain, Sgurr Choinnich, Slioch
Date walked: 05/04/2019
Distance: 45km
Ascent: 2660m
Views: 17


Back amongst the Turbines again

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Carleatheran, Stronend
Date walked: 02/04/2019
Distance: 23.5km
Ascent: 765m
Views: 199


Half of the Aonach's

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Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Mor
Date walked: 19/03/2019
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 570m
Views: 23


Another Borders raid

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Green Hill, Hods Hill
Date walked: 23/02/2019
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 485m
Comments: 3
Views: 403


3 out of 4 ain't bad

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Cairn Hill, Cairnkinna Hill, Kirkland Hill
Date walked: 10/02/2019
Distance: 13.8km
Ascent: 955m
Comments: 5
Views: 442


What a difference!

Attachment(s) Munros: Stob a'Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar
Date walked: 01/02/2019
Distance: 16.5km
Ascent: 1210m
Comments: 3
Views: 622

Fife Flyer


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Location: Guess?
Occupation: Retired
Interests: Driving, cycling & music
Activity: Munro compleatist
Pub: None in particular
Mountain: The last one
Place: Knoydart
Gear: Walking poles
Camera: Sony
Ideal day out: Anywhere as long as the weather is half decent
Ambition: To stay safe

Munros: 147
Corbetts: 46
Grahams: 35
Donalds: 89
Hewitts: 2
Sub 2000: 83



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Statistics

2019

Trips: 13
Distance: 216.1 km
Ascent: 14655m
Munros: 21
Sub2000s: 8

2018

Trips: 43
Distance: 722.9 km
Ascent: 45363m
Munros: 59
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 40

2017

Trips: 32
Distance: 491.3 km
Ascent: 29918m
Munros: 35
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 15
Donalds: 14
Sub2000s: 15

2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 938 km
Ascent: 56940m
Munros: 44
Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 14
Donalds: 57
Sub2000s: 6
Hewitts: 2

2015

Trips: 61
Distance: 1027.1 km
Ascent: 64822m
Munros: 84
Corbetts: 12
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 12
Sub2000s: 4

2014

Trips: 47
Distance: 742.3 km
Ascent: 45170m
Munros: 58
Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 7
Sub2000s: 12

2013

Trips: 11
Distance: 199.65 km
Ascent: 11664m
Munros: 21
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1

2011

Trips: 1
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 614m
Munros: 1

2007

Trips: 4
Distance: 53.5 km
Ascent: 4251m
Munros: 7

2006

Trips: 4
Distance: 60.5 km
Ascent: 3543m
Munros: 4

2005

Trips: 1
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 800m
Munros: 1

2004

Trips: 3
Distance: 86 km
Ascent: 5885m
Munros: 3

2003

Trips: 1
Distance: 24.25 km
Ascent: 1436m
Munros: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 48 km
Ascent: 2261m
Munros: 4

2001

Trips: 7
Distance: 104.5 km
Ascent: 6383m
Munros: 10

2000

Trips: 10
Distance: 133.75 km
Ascent: 9525m
Munros: 17

1999

Trips: 11
Distance: 189 km
Ascent: 11976m
Munros: 27

1998

Trips: 2
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1823m
Munros: 5

1997

Trips: 3
Distance: 51 km
Ascent: 2515m
Munros: 7

1996

Trips: 4
Distance: 47 km
Ascent: 3950m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1

1995

Trips: 2
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 1350m
Munros: 2

1994

Trips: 5
Distance: 56 km
Ascent: 4188m
Munros: 6


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