Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Monday, 16 January 2017

Friday 5 January - At last a day on a hill

It was a good feeling to be setting out for the hill again after two and a half months of enforced inactivity. My shoulder/back muscle felt OK and since it was a cold day and I was wearing virtually all my clothing, the sack was light. We parked at Castlehill Reservoir, a popular starting point for low level excursions as well as for the tops. For many years though, our parking spot for Innerdownie Hill was near the Glendevon Youth Hostel from where a pleasant approach through the small hamlet of Burnfoot gave an easy start to the ascent. Alas in 2007 the YHA announced the closure of the hostel, along with several others, and the small carpark has been absorbed into the steep driveway up to a new house which stands on the former YH site.

The cold encouraged fast progress up the water board road past Glen Quey Moss, peaceful and undisturbed after the successful fight to stop CEMEX's application to quarry there. Everywhere underfoot was solid but not icy there having been little or no precipitation for a number of days, but care was needed all the same.

Glenquey - luckily were going to walk into sunshine




The route now ambles along the base of Innerdownie to the start of our preferrred line of ascent although a direct approach can be made from where the photograph is taken.

So far I hadn't felt any pain in my shoulder but unfortunately on the steepish first bit of the ascent I must have set a pesonal best for slowness, so clearly I've some work to do on the fitness front. The gently rising ridge took us easily to the fine and familiar cairn and oh my goodness, it was so good to be back again and looking north from on high.

Approaching the top - interesting skies



Descending

After some lunch we sauntered down the grassy path, meeting two cyclists pedalling away furiously to make, it seemed to me, slower progress than they would have made on foot. Shorty after passing us they dismounted to push. I expect the enjoyed a good run back though.

Home, hot chocolate, a shower and a relaxing evening. What more can you ask?


The red line shows the start from the former YH, the blue our route.


4 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you're back out there and unscathed, Gibson. I know from experience that fitness seems to be lost a lot more quickly than it's gained, so you're not alone. Reading your post reminded me that I'd considered giving up on blogging about walking to concentrate entirely on food stops, as that's where my interest seems to lie a lot of the time. "How long 'til we can eat?" seems to have supplanted "Look at that view" as our conversation piece of late.

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    1. I've found of late that food stops, photography and stopping to take in the view are all excellent excuses for a rest, Dave. We've had two other days out since the one above and on the second of them (yesterday) I felt a bit like my old self.

      Incidentally, I still can't comment on your blog so I think the easiest way round this would be for me to open a WordPress account. I did have one a few years ago but deleted it.

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  2. Good to see you back. I was given the SMC Grahams/Donalds guide at Christmas - oh dear! although I was aware of the Donalds by name I had never taken much notice. It looks as though some of these could be done in a day's drive from home when we get the longer days. I'm always accused of "poop-pooping" (see wind in the Willows) by my son and daughter, and here I go again.

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    1. Thanks Conrad. We have the book and see we have done 40 Grahams. I haven't counted our Donalds. You could have a good holiday doing Donalds based at the CCC site at Moffat which seems to get good reports. We still have gaps to fill in there ourselves. Keep "poop-pooping" I say.

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