13:15 – Carn Bhac (M221), 3104ft, 946m
The first summit of the year has been eluding me – this time last year I had already bagged five. Continue reading “Munro since diagnosis #137”
13:00 – An Socach (M227), 3097ft, 944m
I have now climbed both Carn Liaths, both Beinn a Chaorainns, both Meall Garbhs, two of the three Ben Mores, two of the three Carn Deargs, three of the four Geal Charns, all three Carn nan Gabhar/Gobhars and from today all three three An Socachs.
13:30 – Mount Keen (M235), 3081ft, 939m
Regular readers will notice a change in tone and style.
Increasingly I am coming simply not to believe I have cancer.
11:45 – Ben Challum (M106), 3363ft, 1025m
New snow and morning frost mean otherwise boggy approaches become frozen over and less challenging while the views from the summits more spectacular. What better conditions than these to climb Ben Challum with its reputation for very boggy approaches and spectacular views. Continue reading “Munro with cancer #133”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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