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Always look on the bright side of life!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 13, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

For some inexplicable reason Jennifer decided she’d like to go hillwalking with us this weekend. I suspect it was more to do with the fact that she discovered that the Real Food Cafe, which she has frequented a few times while travelling to and from her Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, isn’t as far away as she thought. However I’m not complaining!

So the task was to find a wee hill near Tyndrum. We did consider Beinn Chuirn but the forecast wasn’t too promising so we settled for the 590m Sron nan Colan. Not the prettiest of hills as it is scarred by old mines but the zigzag path made the climb through the scree bearable.

We had one heavy shower which gave us some good rainbow photos…

Cool Craig!

Cool Craig!

Jumping Jennifer!

Jumping Jennifer!

We were soon at the summit and after we’d taken some photos I realised that we looked like a scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian so given that Craig likes singing the song anyway it only seemed natural to have a singalong! Apologies in advance for the quality of singing!

Of course regular readers will know where we ended the day…

Jennifer and Craig outside the Real Food Cafe

Jennifer and Craig outside the Real Food Cafe

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The Cobbler

Posted in Cobbler with tags , , , on August 16, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

As Jennifer was away this weekend doing a Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition practice it was just myself and Craig. The forecast looked good so I suggested that we do the Cobbler in the Arrochar Alps.

We arrived at the car park at about 12.30 and were soon on our way. Craig kept asking when we would get to the Narnain boulders and soon he got his chance to do a bit of scrambling.

Craig with the Cobbler in background

Craig with the Cobbler in background

On top of a Narnain Boulder!

On top of a Narnain Boulder!

We were soon heading up the front of the Cobbler and then made our way to the south top to watch some folk thread the needle.

Dad showing Craig how to thread the needle!

Dad showing Craig how to thread the needle!

We were going to have lunch but midges put paid to that! Not sure why but there were none lower down but hundreds on the summit. We headed back to the beallach where there was a bit of a breeze to keep them away. We then headed for the north summit then took the well made path down the north side back to the path down to the Narnain boulders this time for a joint clamber up one!

On top of the north summit

On top of the north summit

Dad and Craig on the Narnain Boulders

Dad and Craig on the Narnain Boulders

The only disappointment of the day was the football result in which the Tigers were mauled by the Lions 4-0. To make up for that we made a slight detour to the Real Food Cafe for some well earned fish and chips! And on the way home we popped in to the Drovers Inn to show Craig the infamous stuffed bear!

The Drovers Inn Bear!

The Drovers Inn Bear!

Dumgoyne

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 12, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

After Saturday’s adventures in Muirshiel Regional Park we headed north on Sunday for a short day up Dumgoyne. We arrived at the distillery at about 11am and only just found a parking space. On our way to the base of the hill we came across an upended tree that Craig had great fun on.

Craig tree climbing

Craig tree climbing

We quickly made progress with a cuckoo for company and were on the summit at about 12.15. Rather than go straight back down we dropped off the north east side and traversed around the northern slopes to return to the car.

Craig disappearing into the distance!

Craig disappearing into the distance!

Of course there has to be an obligatory dug photo…

Obligatory dug photo!

Obligatory dug photo!

We then headed off to the Beech Tree Inn for burgers and pizza!

Muishiel pathless wanderings…

Posted in Ayrshire, Muirshiel Regional Park with tags , on May 8, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

The weather was fantastic today (don’t believe everything you hear about West of Scotland weather!) so I spent the morning playing cricket with Craig in the garden.

We then had a lovely afternoon having a wander around the Muirshiel hills. We parked at the Visitor Centre at NS315633 just after 1pm and made our way up our usual route to Windy Hill (NS318638).

Craig on Windy Hill with  Craig Minnan behind

Craig on Windy Hill with Craig Minnan behind

Then it was on to the appropriately named Craig Minnan (NS322641). We had a quick bite and photo then headed on to The Heddles which sound like something out of a Harry Potter book!

Ayrshire Tiger and Ayrshire Cub on Craig Minnan

Ayrshire Tiger and Ayrshire Cub on Craig Minnan

I also took the chance to show Craig how to use a map and compass which he seemed to pick up quite well. And he also seemed to enjoy the fact that there were no paths…like father, like son!

Craig navigating!

Craig navigating!

From there we headed south west to pick up a track back to the Visitor Centre but not before we had a bit of river crossing practice!

River crossing practice

River crossing practice

Unfortunately the Visitor Centre had closed at 4pm and it was now nearly 5pm so we headed back down the road for a bit more cricket before rewarding ourselves with a chinese takeaway!

Nearly Stob Binnein…

Posted in Hull City, Munros, Snow, Yorkshire with tags , , , , on January 1, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

With good intentions we planned to do Stob Binnein today. However we didn’t get up to Crianlarich until after 10 o’clock so didn’t set off walking until about 10.10am. It was also also hard going as the snow was fairly deep in places and had a hard crust on top, not really thick enough to support your weight, so we kept having to extract ourselves from the holes we were creating. It was even worse when there were hidden streams below!

Anyway we made it about half way up the hill before realising there was no way we would get to the summit and back before dark. Not really a problem as the weather forecast was good, we had headtorches and there is a full moon but it really was energy sapping work! So we turned back and stopped for a well earned lunch…

Ben Tualaichean from the slopes of Stob Binnein

Ben Tualaichean from the slopes of Stob Binnein

Made it back to the car at about 3.40pm so not a bad day out.

In between Christmas and New Year I took the Tiger Cub back to Yorkshire to watch the Tigers against Man United. Had a cracking day despite losing 3-1 and at least we made a fight of it by equalising in the second half before our defensive frailties let us down again. And at least we’ve now seen them in the Premiership, seems a long time ago since I used to go to Boothferry Park back in the 70s and 80s! Just hope we can do enough to stay up for a third season in the top flight!

KC Stadium

Tiger Cub goes to the Wall!

Posted in Glasgow Climbing Centre with tags , on September 27, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

No walking this weekend but had a very enjoyable day today at the Glasgow Climbing Centre with Elaina, Sandy, Louise and Craig (Tiger Cub!).  It’s been a while since I’ve done any climbing but I didn’t do too badly.  However the Tiger Cub put us all to shame by scooting up everything in sight!

Tiger Cub looking down from the wall

Tiger Cub looking down from the wall

Tiger Cub negotiating a chimney

Tiger Cub negotiating a chimney

And then on to a spot of bouldering…

Tiger Cub bouldering

Tiger Cub bouldering

Tiger Cub smiling after a soft landing!

Tiger Cub smiling after a soft landing!

One happy boy!