I took this photo back in June(warning: it is upside down 😀). After a long, dark and misty walk in from Loch Broom(near Ullapool) I found myself above the cloud. The steepening valley leading to my first objective of the day - Beinn Dearg - was in dark shade but the bulk of the peak Meall nan Raichean was lit by very bright early morning sun. I couldn’t quite believe how clear this image was reflected in a still, dark mountain pool. The start of a great day in yet another of my favourite parts of Scotland.
ps. I turned the photo 180degrees as it seemed to make more sense
Sans snow on the day after Burns Night here. While we were tuned in to what I like to call Toe Cap TV for the stiff pull up on to the ridge, we were rewarded for our toil by a huge herd of deer and stags wandering around us nonplussed, a pair of golden eagles soaring in circles, and of course, mountains as far as the eye can see. Snow or no snow, I’m feeling the call.
Crossing the Steal Bridge en route to the Ring of Steall
So excited that #Project282
features in @properadventure
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Seemed like a good time to do a little #tbt
to the last day of my adventure and the final post... Munros 280-282/282 ✅ the first light of Saturday 22nd September crept into the sky as I shivered in my bivvy bag against a rock, semi-sheltered from the wind, after one of the worst nights of my life 😱 after crawling out of “bed” I carried on straight up Ben Vane, arriving at the summit for an amazing sunrise 🌄 •
Time was against me & I wondered whether I needed to get straight to Ben Lomond, but I dropped directly from the top steeply down to the dam at Loch Sloy before going Route 1 straight up Ben Vorlich ⛰ after touching the summit of 281/282, I turned tail & ran back to my bike for the last cycle to Loch Lomond 🚲 •
A little stand-up paddleboard across the loch and finally the last munro was right there 😲 Huge thanks to the team who waited to join me on the last munro (a little later than planned!) for a very surreal end to 120 days of Scottish adventure 🏴
Ptarmigan are incredibly well adapted birds, resident high in the Cairngorm mountains throughout the year. Their plumage changes colour with the seasons, camouflaging them against grey boulder fields or white snow fields. Feathered feet insulate them from the cold ground and act like snowshoes, making their movement more energy efficient when crossing soft snow during the harsh winter.
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The Horns of Aliginn, Torridon
Can’t wait to get back out into the hills for a brisk winter hike ❄️
We’ve ticked off all of the hills within a 2 hour drive of our home so we’re having to start looking a bit further afield, which coupled with the minimal daylight hours (yay) inevitably means being disciplined enough to get up damn early on a Saturday 😂
Apparently it’s International Mountain Day today so here’s another shot of the Cuillins from a moody day last year.