Walk diary

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 · 0 Comments

7th May 2018

I arrived back in Crianlarich on Saturday for part 3, and started with a warm-up day doing Ben More and Stob Binnein. Rather misty on the tops, but most of the snow had gone. Then after getting back to town, I continued just a little along the watershed in the evening, making it up above the trees. Five Munros yesterday (one a bonus one, not quite on the watershed) made for a tiring but short (in distance) day. Largely kind weather, in and out of the cloud on the summits. Currently stopped for a break above the north end of Loch Lomond. A circuitous route should line me up for Ben Lomond tomorrow, all being well.

2018/05/07 12:27 · David Edgar · 1 Comment

8th May 2018

A damp grey day has finally cleared up… and I'm over Ben Lomond, and within reach of the Highland Boundary Fault. (I can see the islands marking its route across Loch Lomond from where I'm sitting.)

2018/05/08 18:52 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

9th May 2018

It's drizzled all day, and felt pretty cold with the wind too. Currently taking shelter in Balfron's pub-turned-Indian-restaurant. The forecast is a little better for the next few days, fortunately. Into the hills again tomorrow (initially the Fintry Hills, east of the Campsies proper).

2018/05/09 19:03 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

11th May 2018

Today has brought a few forests to navigate my way through, fire breaks or not… I'm now in the Campsies. The weather is dull, but was dry until a few minutes ago… Very wet underfoot (and indeed in-boot) for the past few days, although the sunny afternoon yesterday gave great views out as far as the Forth bridges.

2018/05/11 16:09 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

12th May 2018

Finally the warm spring sunshine has arrived! A beautiful day along the ridge and then dropping down to cross the Forth and Clyde Canal, the Antonine Wall and the M80. Made it through Cumbernauld and ready to find somewhere to camp as soon as I'm far enough out of town.

2018/05/12 20:05 · David Edgar · 0 Comments

Diary archive

May 2018

7th May 2018 2018/05/07 12:27 David Edgar
8th May 2018 2018/05/08 18:52 David Edgar
9th May 2018 2018/05/09 19:03 David Edgar
11th May 2018 2018/05/11 16:09 David Edgar
12th May 2018 2018/05/12 20:05 David Edgar

A long-overdue status post

I realise I should have written this much earlier; the disappointment of having to stop walking prompted me to procrastinate and avoid making this unfortunate announcement.

After several weeks in Dalwhinnie and then Newtonmore seeing only very slow improvements, I decided to prematurely end the walk where I got to, close to Ben Alder Lodge. Returning home, I a series of sessions of physiotherapy over four weeks, which seemed to identify the actual injury, if not the exact cause, and go a long way to healing it. It eventually took until early November for my knee to stop hurting, practically three months after it first happened. So I am at least confident I made the right decision: walking on further would have only made it worse, and I don't think there's any chance I'd have been able to complete another three months.

However, the watershed route still remains to be walked. Realistically, I don't plan to attempt the entire route again, and have to repeat what I've done already; instead I intend to continue walking the remaining distance in a number of stages over coming years.

In the meantime, I have been and will be travelling (and hiking) elsewhere in the world. If all goes to plan, I'll be returning to carry on up Ben Alder and initially on at least as far as Tyndrum sometime in 2015. I'll keep this page alive and update it with further plans.

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