Archive for July, 2009

It’s the weekend…

Posted in Cricket with tags on July 31, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

…so it must be raining!

Just hope it clears up tomorrow so that the cricket isn’t affected too much now that we are on top in the third Test!

I have difficulty explaining the rules of cricket to folk up here so I thought the following might be useful:

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.  Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.

When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.  Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.  There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

Simple!  Next…the lbw rule!

Sad News

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

A couple of weekends ago I made a visit back to Hornsea and met up with old school friends Ian, Roy and Paul.   We shared the inevitable memories and stories from the (good?) old days and parted promising to meet up more often than we have in recent times.  It was a shock to get a call from Ian saying that Roy had died  of a heart attack at the end of last week.  Can’t quite believe he’s gone.  I know folk say this sort of thing in these circumstances but Roy was genuinely one of the nicest blokes you could hope to meet and his brother’s blog sums it up with the phrase “I really liked him”.  As kids we both lived in the same street and had known each other from when we started primary school.  He’ll be greatly missed by his family and friends.

There still life in the old dog…

Posted in Munros with tags , , , on July 26, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Had a quick dash up north to meet up with some folk from ScottishHills.com who were having a meet in Fort William.  Despite plans to leave early it was 8.30 before I left Ayrshire, arriving in Glen Nevis at 11.30.   Parked  at the Polldubh car park and headed up Allt Coire a Mhusgain to the lochan below Sgurr an Iubhair.  From there it was a quick climb up the zigzags on the Devil’s Ridge.

Stob Ban from Devil's Ridge

Stob Ban from Devil's Ridge

The last time I did the ridge was almost exactly  two years ago with Elaina and on that occasion we met a chap who had moved up to Fort William from Troon when he retired.  He and his dog, Becky, had done the ridge over a hundred times at that point.   As I walked along the ridge I could see a familiar looking man with a dog and sure enough it was the same guy!  He had come up the same way as I had but gone on to Am Bodach and was  planning to go back over the Devils Ridge.   Unfortunately Becky, who is now approaching 16, had dislodged a stone at the tricky down-climb and Ian was having difficulty persuading her to make her way down, despite now approaching 200 crossings.  Ian was resigned to making his way back down the way he had come but asked if I would give him a hand getting Becky down the tricky bit.  As it turned out she managed absolutely fine and we made out way up to Sgurr a Mhaim.

Ian and Becky with Devil's Ridge behind

Ian and Becky with Devil's Ridge behind

Some cracking views across to Ben Nevis and Stob Ban.

Ben Nevis from Sgurr a Mhaim

Ben Nevis from Sgurr a Mhaim

Stob Ban from Sgurr a Mhaim

Stob Ban from Sgurr a Mhaim

It was a long descent down the scree-covered slopes of  Sgurr a Mhaim back to the car at about 5pm and on to meet up with the Scottish Hills crowd in the old Nevisport loung bar, now called Cobbs, for some very good value (£4.95) bangers and mash!

Final word must go to Becky, who hopefully will have many more days in the hills…

Becky, Devil's Ridge veteran!

Becky, Devil's Ridge veteran!

Aonachs Revisited

Posted in Munros with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

We’d planned a few days up in Kinlochleven at our favourite B&B run by Bob and Chris, the only decision being which hills to do. I’d done the Aonachs a few years ago in glorious winter conditions but Elaina hadn’t so it seemed a good opportunity to revisit them.

We had great intentions of being on the hill by 9am but it finished up being 10am by the time we got to the car park at the end of Glen Nevis.   The weather was glorious as we wandered up to Steall falls, not as impressive as they can be but still a fine sight.

Elaina looking towards Steall falls
Elaina looking towards Steall falls

Just before the bridge at the Steall ruin we headed north beside the Allt Coire Giubhsachan to the bealach between Carn Mor Dearg and Aonach Mor.

Looking back to the Mamores
Looking back to the Mamores

A quick stop for a bite and to replenish our water supplies as well refresh ourselves by dunking our heads under the mini waterfall!

Cooling down!
Cooling down!

It was hard work scrambling first over boulders then a steep grassy slope to the col bewtween the two Aonachs. A gradual incline then took us to the flat summit of Aonach Mor at which point one of the forecast heavy showers blew in.

Some bloke on summit of Aonach Mor!
Some bloke on summit of Aonach Mor!

The rain quickly cleared and we were soon on our way towards Aonach Beag. From there we took the south-west ridge back towards the bridge at Steall ruin. We quickly picked up, and then lost a good path! Eventually, after some meandering we found ourselves just 50 metres from the bridge. Just one minor problem…fast running streams on either side of us joining to block our route! Fortunately a bit of backtracking up stream led to an easyish crossing point! At this point another shower came in along with accompanying rainbow.

Rainbow over Binnein Beag
Rainbow over Binnein Beag

The rain was actually quite pleasant as it kept the midges away as we strolled back to the car. A very different day from the last time in the snow but still a cracking circuit.