On Sunday morning myself and partner Mark headed to Glencoe in the Scottish highlands, an area I’ve wished to explore more of for some time and also a great chance to gain more of a feel for the place before the Glencoe mountain marathon in October.
I packed my running stuff too and managed to squeeze in a stunning wee run from the Glencoe mountain resort along the West highland way and back, what a place!
The weather was completely amazing and we took the opportunity to get some great hill days done throughout the week.
Day 1 – Buachaille Etive Mor – A fine mountain day traversing all four summits( including two Munro’s) with some steep scrambling on the initial ascent. The weather was very hot by mid afternoon and the going was tough with our heavy packs but worth every minute! Special days like this in the mountains are to be treasured!
Day 2 – Buachaille Etive Beag – Another brilliant forecast and after yesterday, time again to plaster on the suncream, put on the rucksacks and head out for our second challenge .
The Buachaille Etive Beag is smaller in size to its neighbour( Buachaille Etive Mor) but still includes three summits( including two Munro’s) with an interesting, airy ridge to the final summit of Stob Dubh.
Day 3 – A day of taking it easy.
After a nice long lie in our hobbit house and a breakfast of kings at the Glencoe mountain resort , we decided to take a drive into Fort William and enjoyed the day relaxing and thinking about possible options for the following day.
Day 4 – Meall a Bhuiridh and Creise – After a day in Fort William yesterday and looking up at the Ben from the Ben Nevis inn, we had discussed possibly attempting the CMD Arete to Ben Nevis but with the forecast giving fog for that area in the morning we decided to stick to Glencoe for our final day and do Meall a Bhuiridh and Creise. Another fine day with a great wee scramble on the connecting ridge to Creise.
Sitting on the summit of Creise looking out over the great mass of surrounding peaks made me think of Steve Birkinshaw and his epic challenge of conquering all the 214 wainwright’s in under seven days ( which he has now finished and smashed the record-WOW!!)
My main goal is to be able to run some big routes in these mountains and with people like Steve to inspire you, anything is possible.
I arrived home from Glencoe yesterday afternoon to two lovely big boxes full of Torq goodies which I can’t wait to try out and help fuel me as I up my training.
With less than two weeks to go until Chamonix, I’m feeling ready to be inspired further and take on the challenges that are to come as part of the Trail team 2014.