Thursday, 27 September 2012

Maggie, mountains and some mice

Maggie had three Munros to collect in the Cairngorms so we set off for a two day trip to get them "in the bag!

We walked up the Lairig Ghru in somewhat dubious weather, rain, wind and a little bit of sun, towards Corrour Bothy where we planned to spend the night. On arriving at the bothy, we found it already occupied so we followed plan b. We climbed up towards Devil's Point stashing our bags on the way at a possible bivi site. We were lucky to be on the top when then weather was good so we enjoyed the views before heading back to our bags and supper. All was going well and the guys in the bothy passed us and invited us in to share the bothy but we still thought a bivi would be good. That is until the rain started and the deer decided we were in their sleeping place and we started to feel we were in the wrong place! So we packed up the stoves and headed down to the bothy.

We got a great welcome form the guys, a very international group of four Sri Lankans, one Turk and one German. All was good, plenty space for us all then the door rattled again and in came two more Scots. So we were ten folk that night with a great fire going in the stove and a very cosy atmosphere.

Again, all was going well but during the night, the bothy mice decided to party! They scampered about all over the place even scrambling over Dave's arm at one point! The mice seemed to be everywhere!

In the morning Hennig was first out and Maggie and I met up with him again just before Braeriach
We had a great trip bagging the three Munros Maggie wanted to tick plus Braeriach from a different direction.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

More from the Alps

Cheating a little with uploading photos but here's a link to Ron's Talisman Facebook Alps photos album.

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Back home and a day on Ben Nevis

After arriving back home in Aviemore last weekend and doing a lot of unpacking last week, I drove off to Fort William on Friday to work for Maximum Adventure with the Smith family to help them achieve their challenge of climbing Ben Nevis to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. The weather gods smiled on us and we had a lovely day, not too cold, not too hot and fine views.

The evening light over Ben Nevis was lovely to enjoy and there was a good frost on Saturday morning. Staying in my car was a bit of a contrast to the luxury of the van but it was comfortable and I could watch the stars through the roof windows. The campsite was quite busy with mountain bikers who were there for the weekend's event.

So back to updating my blog more regularly but still with lots of photos from the summer alpine trip to add.