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Claggan

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  • Day1

    Highway to Highlands

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Nachdem wir ein bisschen eher als geplant aufgestanden sind (da hat wohl irgendjemand die Uhr nicht eine Stunde zurück gestellt am Handy) hatten wir dank der sonntagtäglichen Öffnung des Sainsbury ein gutes Frühstück. Danach schnell Sachen gepackt, auf zur Bushaltestelle und dann das Mietauto abholen. Das dauerte dann doch länger als gehofft, aber dann hielten wir den Schlüssel für unser Gefährt mit dem Lenker auf der linken Seite - einen Skoda Fabia - in der Hand. Nach etwas Eingewöhnung fuhr Kevin dann recht sicher zu unserem ersten Halt: Luss am Loch Lommond. Ein ziemlich kleiner Ort direkt am größten See Schottlands mit viel touristischem Aufsehen. Ganz hübsch, aber nach einer Stunde waren wir dann auch durch und fuhren weiter, direkt am See entlang. Es bot sich eine wirklich schöne Aussicht und nach einem weiteren kurzen Zwischenhalt fuhren wir dann weiter up to the Highlands. Durch immer mal wieder mit Regentropfen übersäte Fenster bot sich uns zunehmend eine beeindruckende grüne Landschaft, die immer hügeliger wurde und schließlich auch die berühmten hohen Berge der Highlands präsentierte. Wir hielten in Glencoe und stärkten uns in einem kleinem gemütlichen schottischen Gasthaus mit leckerer Suppe und frischgebackenen Scones. Dann machten wir uns auf zur letzten Etappe des Tages - Fort William. Nach einem kurzen Spaziergang durch das Städtchen, das nicht allzu beeindruckend ist, fuhren wir zu unserer Unterkunft - einem Landhaus in einer idyllischen ländlichen Gegend in der Nähe des Ben Nevis. Nach einer kleinen Erkundungstour durch die grünen Hügel planen wir nun den morgigen Tag. Unserer Enthusiasmus, morgen auf den höchsten Berg Großbritanniens zu steigen (Ben Nevis) wurde etwas durch die Wettervorhersage gedämpft - auf dem Berg soll es morgen mit 80 - 90% Wahrscheinlichkeit regnen und 1 Grad sein 😒. Ihr werdet morgen erfahren, wie wir uns entschieden haben...Read more

  • Day2

    Acht nasse Schlüppis

    August 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Um euch nicht länger auf die Folter zu spannen: wir sind nicht auf den Ben Nevis hinauf. Stattdessen haben wir uns selbst ein fabelhaftes Frühstück mit lecker Pancakes gezaubert. Danach sind wir motiviert mit dem Auto nach Glen Coe aufgebrochen, um das hidden valley ("verstecktes Tal) zu suchen. Es regnete zwar als wir loswanderten und wir dachten noch so "ach, das bisschen Regen". Naja, es sollte sich noch zeigen, dass der schottische Regen die Eigenschaft hat, einen innerhalb weniger Minuten komplett zu durchnässen. Nach einem Drittel des Weges traf Kristin die beste Entscheidung des Tages und kehrte zusammen mit Kevin zum Auto zurück. Danny und ich stiegen weiter den zunehmend steinigen und teilweise komplett mit kleinen Regenflüsschen überströmten Weg hinauf. Wenig später kamen uns 3 Wanderer entgegen und wir schwatzen ein wenig miteinander. Der treffendste Satz des Tages kam von dem einen Schotten, der das schottische Wetter lobte, denn ohne den Regen gäbe es ja auch keine Wasserfälle. 😁 Nunja, die gab es wirklich und sie stürzten sich von dem Felswänden auf jede erdenkliche Weise herab. Wenig später schlugen wir dann einen etwas schwierigeren Weg ein und ich versank bei dem Versuch von einem Felsen zum nächsten zu kommen etwa 30 cm tief im Schlamm. Tja das wars dann mit den trockenen Füßen. Als wir dann endlich auf dem Plateau ankamen hatten wir einen wunderschönen, wenn auch mit Nebel und Wolken verhangenen, Blick auf das mit Flüsschen durchzogene Tal. Da wir mittlerweile komplett durchnässte Hosen und Schuhe hatten hielt es uns nicht besonders lange oben und wir machten uns auf den Rückweg. Dannys Schuhe hatten sich mittlerweile auch in kleine geschlossene Pfützen verwandelt und so wurden unsere Füßen bei jedem Schritt mit Wasser umspült. Größter, wenn auch einziger Vorteil dabei: man versucht nicht mehr, den Flüssen und großen Wasserläufen auszuweichen sondern kann ganz einfach durchlaufen. Nasser ging es ja nicht mehr. Endlich auf dem Parkplatz angekommen, erfuhren wir von Kristin und Kevin das die beiden in der Zwischenzeit auch eine Runde gewandert sind und ebenfalls richtig schön nass geworden sind. Das hieß, dass wir erstmal heimfuhren (Danny und ich unten nur noch mit Unterwäsche bekleidet 😁) , uns trockene Sachen anzogen und nach einer kleinen Stärkung trieb uns der Hunger nach Fort William, wo wir eine mittelmäßig gute Portion Fish'n Chips aßen. Dann fing es erneut an zu regnen, wir schlenderten ein bisschen durch die Lädchen und entschieden uns dann für eine etwa halbstündige Wanderung zu einer Schloßruine in Inverlochy. Dort angekommen kam die Sonne noch einmal raus und wir lernten ein kleines bisschen schottische Geschichte kennen. Auf dem Rückweg zum Auto fing es natürlich wieder an zu regnen und innerhalb kurzer Zeit waren Hose und Schuhe erneut durchnässt - langsam wird es knapp mit frischen Socken und Unterwäsche, wenn das so weiter geht....
    Wir werden dann nochmal in den nahgelegenen Pub gehen und den nassen Tag feuchtfröhlich ausklingen lassen. Cheers!
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  • Day52

    Ben Nevis day 52 Wed 13 Jun 2018

    June 13 in the United Kingdom

    Dry start to the day. Breakfast 7.45am at Ben Nevis Guesthouse. Walked one mile to the Ben Nevis Visitors Centre and commenced the climb around 9.15am in cloudy conditions. Great track and partly because we were in shorts and T shirts arrived at the summit in cloud and strong wind two and a quarter hours later with a temperature and wind chill factor near freezing. But there was a seagull in flight looking for tourist scraps. Nobody passed us on the way up. Part of the track was covered by deep snow and huge cairns guided us particularly down hill though the cloud (Ben Nevis translates to Head in the Clouds). Despite my worries Yvonne and got back down in three hours although a few people were faster. At 1330 metres and about nine kilometres one way, this is the highest vertical ascent/descent we have done. Lunch in the Ben Nevis Inn. Looked at area where Curling was played on winter ice. Curling is a bit like lawn bowls with rocks sliding on ice replacing balls on grass. Dinner in the room of Ben Nevis Guesthouse to save walking in the light rain and to rest our feet, knees and legs.Read more

  • Day11

    Day 9. Rest Day Fort William

    August 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Our first task was to visit the hospital for a check of Shirl's injured arm. It looks awful but they were pleased and said it look really good.
    A celebratory coffee was called for and then a brief tour of the town.
    Back to the hostel for some rest. Shirl had a reaction to the antibiotics and so we will not use them.
    It's freezing here at the moment and we are looking forward to dinner and sleep as we have an early train tomorrow .
    I took a photo of the arm. Not nice to look at.
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  • Day11

    Day 8 Kinlochleven to Fort William.

    August 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Off bright and early we headed off with the sun shining. A stiff climb soon followed and the effect of the previous day's walking made us labour to the top. Views were good and once over the top we made good progress passing the tents of the wild campers. As we approached one of them a young girl flew out of the tent. Our first thought was that she was desperate for the toilet. No! The dreaded middies were eating her alive. The spray she had was useless. We sprayed her with Jungle Juice and all was well.
    Continuing on an undulating track up the glen we passed several abandoned homesteads. Nothing but bog either side of the track. Good for nothing.
    After four hours Shirl stumbled and ripped the flesh on her left forearm and elbow. It looked and was terrible. We treated it as best we could and continued. Many offers of help were declined as in these situations there's not a lot anyone can do.
    Two hours later we made it to Fort William and the hospital. We couldn't fault their care and attention. It took about 2 hours to clean, peal the skin back and remove all the gravel.
    Arm on sling Shirl was looking tired. A taxi took us to the hostel near Ben Nevis where we cleaned up went for dinner then bed.
    Our original intention was to climb Ben Nevis on our rest day but we had given that idea up several days ago. It was not on now if we wanted to change our mind.
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  • Day6

    Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park

    March 15, 2008 in the United Kingdom

    Ein wirklich einladender Zeltplatz am Fuße des größten Berges (Ben Nevis) auf der Insel. Leider waren wir am nächsten Morgen lauftechnisch nicht in der Lage den Berg zu erklimmen.

  • Day19

    Day 19: Ben Nevis

    April 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Woke up at 730am to try and leave by 830am for a 9am start of hike time. We ended up basically on time, leaving at ~905am.

    We supermarketed and grabbed dried apricots, nuts, chocolate and sandwiches.

    We stopped in at the visitor centre and spoke to the lady there about the conditions. She was very doomsday about it. Including telling us the fun act that 6 people, including two very well kitted, very (supposedly) good climbers died last year alone.

    The first part of the walk seemed not too steep, there were no real fake rock steps yet, but for some reason, the hardest on the thighs. I was quite worried there for a bit!!

    Then the fake rock steps and well defined path kicked in. It was much easier on the thighs in total, but was still quite tiring, I was puffing a bit. We stopped a couple times for water, and photos and to stop and stare at the sheep. By the time we were close to the body of water about half way up, the mountain pool, or something, David was ready to pack it in. He said he was going to stop at the switchback. I said I was going to go to the halfway point, the waterfall, and would see him back at the pub. I got up the double switch and came out onto fairly flat ground, and my first thought, was damn, I have no way to tell David to keep coming for a bit because it gets better. I kept walking and stopped with a guy who had stopped to talk to both of us on is way up. As I was there talking, I saw David come up over the ridge. I waited for him and we made a plan to get to he halfway point. The actual halfway point is at the waterfall. We didn't know what kind of halfway she was talking about, vertical?, time?, distance? I found out at the end it was the vertical, and it was ~675m.

    Slowly but surely, the track being better in this area, made it to the waterfall together where our friend Tim had stopped for food. We also decided to sit down and have a bite and s rest, it also being quite protected there. After he rest, I decided I wanted to go a little further, just to the first switchback and get the view out the southern side of the mountain. Tim hehe same thought, so we went hat way, and David decided to start heading down as it would take him longer with his knee on the big steps and such. We left the protected U of the waterfall and it was freezing. It was a lot colder on he exposed edge. We hit the end of the switchback and stopped to enjoy the view and get a couple of pics.

    On the way back down, we again noticed he change in temperature passing the waterfall. And could almost feel each degree gained as we lost elevation! Met David and passed him and stuck with Tim. It was nice to talk to someone else and the pace was better at keeping me warm, because even though I felt quite toasty, it was still cold and if I stopped I was still got to freeze! David was going slowly but steadily, and was happy at his pace.

    We did get lower down and decided to wait for David at one point not too far from the bottom. Whence caught up we had a nibble of food and a drink and let him rest a little before continuing. Again, we were faster than he was, but I mean come on, he is turning 69 in a couple of months! And the steps were quite difficult, high drops, large stones were it is harder to get yyr grip. So we were in front of him when we got to a switch where we met a couple and their dog who had passed us while we had stopped. We asked them how they went and they said yes they had made it to the top, but it was complete white-out for about the last couple hundred metres, and obviously no view to be had. Tim and I had joked as we were descending that if the cloud lifted, we would turn back around and head back up the mountain. Of course this didn't happen which was quite sad because yesterday it was beautiful and clear! The couple we passed said they could only just see each cairn in front of hem, I hint they were 50m apart, so it must have been a white-out for three or four handed metes, and this made me realise, with no map or compass or anything, that would have been damndangerous if the cloud descended just a little further and you could see. Easily was off a cliff. So I'm feeling happier and happier abut my decision. The other thing they told us was they had stared out from the bottom at 730am that morning, much much earlier than we had, and that the weather conditions were a lot better then, and had gradually worsened during the day, it wasn't even windy before they left.

    On the way down the very base, I could see Alison and the car at the pub, so they weren't waiting for us at the info centre, and Tim and I separated ways at that Junction. He was off to get his van, that only went 65mph, and drive a couple hundred miles before stopping. His plan was then to do a lazy hundred the next day and meet up with his cousin and have a joint birthday bash before making it home to his wife and daughters the next day, at less than a hundred miles away. As we split, he genuinely thanked me highly for keeping him company on the mountain, as it is always more fun when you have someone to talk to. He also said to me I have gorgeous blue eyes. That was nice :)

    I went back to the visitors centre to see the height I climbed to in the end. That last little switch back I did, which only looked about 100m long, actually gained close to 100m. I ended up at 750m. I was pretty happy with that, because I was so cold and I can't imagine what it will have been like at he top, Not to mention the fog, and the snow covered top meant it was actually a total white out up there. I could have gone a couple more switches but it didn't seem that worth it if I couldn't make he top anyway, so I am happy n my decision. We kept watching the peak and it never came out of cloud. It did get better, but the wind would have been ferocious! I checked David, and the halfway point was 675m; the mountain was 1345m tall.

    We joined back up with the parents and headed out to a seven rise lock, Neptune's staircase, near there. It was impressive, and unlike the one at Bingley, was powered with switches and electricity, rather than man power. There goes, being so much larger, were also made of iron, or some kind of metal at least, instead of wood. It is also apparently the longest staircase lock in Britain, but that has just been wiki-ied after the fact. We stopped and of course Alison had to talk to someone. There were a few blokes going down the lock. They were heading to the port to get to Skye as they heard there were prawns(?) biting out there. There was a father, son and uncle I think, and the son was looking forward to time off in Port town before starting fishing again. They also came from a place a while away, Tarbert I think, and so we're unlikely to be returning for some time.

    After we saw them get all the way through, including having to turn the road sideways(!), we went of the see the Glenfinnan viaduct. This was pretty cool, but we were a little further, and view slightly restricted, than I thought or hoped we would be. Alison was pretty stoked to see it, and realised the induct or railway itself wyldnt have been as impressive if we had have been on the train. Still would have been cool to ride the Hogwarts Express though. ;)

    We looked at the Bonnie Prince Charlie monument, but found out you had to pay, too much, for it and we could see it fine from where we were so we didn't go to he base. Stunning scenery there though! Right on a loch, and the train behind you!

    Dinner at home that night, can't even recall what it was, ut mother was in a foul mood, so we didn't speak much, and then she just took herself away. I didn't bother staying up too long either, I guess also a bit tuckered out from he climb too.
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  • Day20

    Ben Nevis

    June 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We couldn't leave Scotland without taking on the highest peak in the UK... but we were particularly unlucky with the weather! Not that the west coast has the best reputation for weather, but given that the rest of the UK was experiencing a heat wave, we did feel a bit hard done by. But we soldiered on up the Ben early in the morning, entering the cloud after about an hour and not leaving it for the rest of the day! It's a really tough slog up there and with no views to reward us, we were a bit miserable.. But we made it and did manage to dry off for a well deserved meal at the pub.Read more

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