New Horizons

It is now more than five years since I was told in no uncertain terms by a senior urologist working at the Diakonessenhuis hospital in Utrecht in The Netherlands that if I did not take the medication he was prescribing me, I would be dead within a year, and that even if I did, I would likely be dead within three. Another urologist, working at the Wilhelmina Hospital in Nijmegen, who some weeks later offered a second opinion, suggested that three years was maybe a bit pessimistic, adding that five was more likely. Continue reading “New Horizons”


Munro with cancer #128 and #129

13:15 – Spidean Mialach (M146), 3268ft, 996m

14:45 – Gleouraich (M097), 3396ft, 1037m

The meanings of the names of these mountains refer respectively to wild animals and the noises they make. Continue reading “Munro with cancer #128 and #129”

Munro with cancer #124 to #127 – the high Laggans

10:00 – Carn Dearg (M098), 3392ft, 1034m

11:40 – Geal-Charn (M026), 3714ft, 1132m

12:15 – Aonach Beag (M037), 3661ft, 1116m

13:15 – Beinn Eibhinn (M048), 3615ft, 1102m

There is vigorous discussion among mountain people about which peaks are the most remote. There are many fine candidates, and I have visited a good few of them. Always in combination with an expedition of one or several nights out. Continue reading “Munro with cancer #124 to #127 – the high Laggans”

Munro with cancer #122 and #123 – a tale of midges and tourists

14:00 – Meall a Bhùiridh (M045), 3635ft, 1108m

15:00 – Creise (M050), 3609ft, 1100m

16:00 – Meall a Bhùiridh (again)

I should have known from recent visits to Glen Coe that 12:30 in the afternoon of the busiest Sunday in August would not be the best time to find somewhere to park before climbing Buachaille Etive Beag. Continue reading “Munro with cancer #122 and #123 – a tale of midges and tourists”

Munro with cancer #110 and #111 and Stob Coire nan Lochan

15:00 – Stob Coire Sgreamhach (M065), 3517ft, 1072m

16:00 – Bidean nam Bian (M023), 3773ft, 1150m

17:00 – Stob Coire nan Lochan, 3658ft, 1115m

Stob Coire nan Lochan is not classified as a separate Munro summit. But it should be. Continue reading “Munro with cancer #110 and #111 and Stob Coire nan Lochan”