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I started the route proper on 6th July 2013 at 11am. I'm adding to this diary as the walk progresses.

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19th May 2016

I reached Crianlarich yesterday evening, and, slightly damp, have been relaxing at the youth hostel.

After a week of mainly sunshine, Tuesday rained from 13:30 until 04:00 the next morning - without interruption, I think, although I slept through some of it. I camped quite high, at the col between Ben Lui and Ben Oss, immersed in the fog. Wednesday was somewhat better, but still misty above 600m, but the ground was sodden by then - so my feet were too.

Still, a successful 9 days hike. Another 150km done, a few bonus summits climbed, some lovely views had, and my knees held up (though not without a few minor complaints).

2016/05/19 09:31 · David Edgar · 4 Comments

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January 2018

8th August

Made it through the Rough Bounds, and “turned the corner” - now heading east towards the Great Glen. Not even crossed a road for 4 days, so a bit of civilisation will be welcome.

Weather's been changeable, but the ground is really sodden, resulting in wet feet every day - neither pleasant nor good for lots of mileage. Am several days behind the estimates I made at Kinlochewe…

Stayed at Kinbreack bothy last night. Two friendly couples were also staying there, from whom I gladly scrounged spare food… (Looking forward to stocking up soon.) They, like most of the other people I've talked to about it, seemed very interested in my watershed walk.

South Glen Shiel ridge very impressive… Decent views to start with before the rain set in. Didn't move from my tent the next day, the weather was so poor.

Hard work walking in the Rough Bounds, but it's an amazing place, as rough as its name suggests in terms of terrain, contours and remoteness.

Camping high on Geal Charn now, just had breakfast and about to pack up and make a move. A few tough hills to come, even though I've now done all the Munros on the watershed north of the Great Glen.

Discussion

Roy, 2013/08/08 22:52

Talk about 'take a walk on the wild side'! We can only imagine perpetually sodden ground and feet. And having to spend a whole day in your tent because of the weather, realising that you're going nowhere fast, must have been so dispiriting too. Still the Great Glen is a big milestone and you now have a few hours of civilisation. Enjoy!

Richard Child, 2013/08/09 12:22

David, it was a pleasure to meet you at Kinbreack bothy. Inspired by your walk! Have checked your route and you pass within a mile of our house when you are near Stroud. Claire and I would be delighted if you would come and stay, overnight or a few days if you need to re-charge! Hope you had the clearer weather for the next 2 days after we met; we enjoyed good walks but still so wet on the ground. Congratulations on crossing the 'milestone' of the Great Glen. Richard

David Edgar, 2013/08/10 16:02

Hi Richard!

Similarly, it was great to meet you all. I hope you had a good day's walk afterwards. I'd love to stay a night when I reach the Cotswolds - that would be fantastic! Do keep following my progress and stay in touch.

Yes, it turned out quite reasonable in the couple of long days after I left Kinbreack. I did a longish 20km stretch on the first day, finishing with an unexpectedly beautiful evening, so made it through to the Great Glen by the evening of the second day without a problem.

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