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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Maintaining Mountain Fitness (1)

Well, it's becoming clear that as I get older I can no longer hope to go from one Challenge to the next without doing any serious mountaineering and hope just to keep going on the basis of inherent fitness. I need to work on that mountain fitness, and THAT means getting out into the mountains from time to time.

So on the weekend of 23 / 24 June I took the camper van North, and set about some serious mountaineering. On Saturday I went to the Ben Lawyers "visitor centre" car park and took myself up Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers. The weather was really truly atrocious. Low cloud, steady rain, and a vicious, bitter wind blowing at the top of Lawers. If you're hoping for some pics ... forget it! There was no way I was getting a camera out in that.

I loved every minute of it!!!

Then on Sunday I went to Spittal of Glenmuick and set out to do Lochnagar. Again the cloud was down low; but as I climbed I met a couple of other walkers and after a brief discussion we decided to do the full Lochnagar round. All five of them. Lochnagar, Carn a Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn. And we did! Once we got up above about 700 metres, visibility was seldom more than 50 metres. But we had a wonderful time. And it kind of made up for missing out so many mountains on my Challenge this year!


  1. It's "mountaineering" now, is it? Have you joined McNeish's band of "mountaineers" in Scotland now, J?

    Scotland has some fine hills, in whatever weather.

    1. Hi Alan

      What has Mr McNeish been saying now?

    2. Ha ha ... of COURSE it's mountaineering, Mr S. Anything involving mountaincraft is mountaineering. The danglers don't have a monopoly on the word, you know?