Archive for June, 2008

It’s been a while…

Posted in Hull City, Munros with tags , on June 17, 2008 by ayrshiretiger

…since I last posted!

To be honest I’m not a superstitious person but since the last post in February a certain football team made a remarkable push for promotion towards the Premier League for the first time in their history.  I really did not want to jinx them as they made their way to finish third in the Championship and another first, a trip to Wembley (so much for my post of January 6th!), for the play-off final.  I couldn’t get a ticket and matters were further complicated by the fact that the Scottish Cup Final was being played at the same time!  However I managed to find a cafe bar in Ayr that was showing both matches and enjoyed local lad Dean Windass score a remarkable volley to send us Premier League bound!

On the walking front we’ve had trips to Glen Affric, Glen Clova, Torridon, Langdale and most recently to Ben Nevis with a group from work.

This was my third time on the Ben – first was in 1981 on a glorious clear day in May up the tourist route.  Second time was up the CMD from Torlundy but didn’t get any view at all as the cloud base was down to about 1500m.  This time we went up from Glen Nevis as a couple of the group were going up the tourist route and it made more sense for them to have a pub to wait in rather than a car park!

We split off at the half way lochan and went round as far as the CIC hut.  At that point it looked like the cloud was there for the day and I did have a sense of deja vu but as we climbed up Carn Mor Dearg it miraculously cleared.  Still fairly cloudy most of the day on the Ben itself but it did clear a bit so we did get a rare view from the summit.

Have to say there were fewer ill clad numpties than on my previous visits to the Ben – mind you that could have had something to do with the fact that we didn’t get to the summit until 5pm!  And it was nearly 9pm by the time we all got down (yes, that’s 12 hours!).  Was a long day but it was a group of very mixed experience and ability and I think everyone enjoyed it!

I’ve fogotten how to post photos so here a link to one on