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Way back in time before the onset of adulthood I enjoyed countless days heading into the hills of Yorkshire with nothing more than a squashed sandwich & youthful sense for adventure! Despite long past youthful and work commitments keeping me in the city, the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors never left me. After digging my boots out and returning to the hills I attended a number of courses to improve my hill knowledge and skill base, during one of these courses it was suggested I join the Mountain Leader Training scheme and was delighted go on to gain the MOUNTAIN LEADER Award in April 2012. As well as spending time on the hills and mountains of the UK I have also enjoyed trips to the Nepalese Himalaya, Swiss & French Alps, Mallorca’s Tramuntana, Andorran & French Pyrenees, Morocco’s High Atlas, Tanzania’s Mt Meru & Kilimanjaro, Argentinian & Chilean Patagonia and winter expeditions to Norway’s Hardangervidda. Since gaining the ML I have also gained the SINGLE PITCH AWARD, INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD and the WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD. I am now enjoying working in a freelance role whilst trying to get out climbing as much as possible.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Wrong Side 'O Hills!

After a busy weekend at work and an indoor climbing session to fit in Monday I set off aiming to bag the Loch Lochy Munro's, it wasn't to be!
 Setting off from home late evening I planned to make the 6.5hoir journey to Loch Lochy and have a few hours sleep before setting off out on the hills.
 Unfortunately the Highways Agency had other plans with a detour that added an hour to the trip, with this in mind and growing tired at the wheel I decided to stay East and head up the A9 to pick a few Munro's off on the West side of the 'Pass Of Drumochter'.
 After managing a couple of hours sleep in a lay by I drove to 'Dalnaspidal Lodge' where I would leave my car for the day.
 Setting off in fine sunny weather it made a world of difference from last weeks slog in storm force winds!
 Soon moving into the snow line I actually wished I'd brought my snowshoes which would have reduced the amount of times I 'post holed' through the snow and made the going easier.

 As I gained height the views disappeared in low cloud meaning I had to have the compass out and do some navigation at times! All good practice.

 Munro summits the circular route covered were 'Sgairneach Mhor' 991m, 'Beinn Udlamain' 1011m and 'A' Mharconaich' 975m.
 After completing the final summit I dropped down into Coure Dhomhain and completed the circuit in around 6.5hrs.

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