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Training Log Archive: SarahD

In the 1 days ending Jun 1:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running1 7:00:00 15.94(26:20) 25.66(16:22) 2000
  Total1 7:00:00 15.94(26:20) 25.66(16:22) 2000

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Saturday Jun 1 #

8 AM

Running 7:00:00 [3] 25.66 km (16:22 / km) +2000m 11:47 / km
ahr:120 max:181

Wild West haute route day 2. Maol Buidhe - Achnashellach. The guys in the bothy assured me it was going to be a lovely day today but it was still pretty dark as I set off up Beinn Dronaig. Took a direct line & made good time to the top, albeit feeling a bit weary. Descended to the valley off the north side picking an ok grassy line through the rock bands but feeling the knee niggles and not moving as smoothly as I wanted. Headed straight back up the other side towards Sail Riabach & Bidein a' Choire Sheasgaich, still moving ok but giving myself a hard time for being so slow. Took the decision at the top to bypass Lurg, which would have been an out & back - it had cleared enough to see where I was heading, but the cloud was swirling over its top and it didn’t look especially interesting. Will go back sometime to do the ridge beyond, which looks a lot more fun! I was also feeling a little on edge at this point as I knew the descent of Sheasgaich’s north ridge was going to be ‘interesting’. Luckily the path line was well marked by some cairns in key places (for good reason) and I descended to the col easily enough. It had cleared out by this point and a weight lifted from my shoulders - I had been pushing on quite hard despite tiredness & niggles and resolved to properly enjoy the rest of the day from here, knowing that the more technical bits were behind me. And it was great! Up onto Beinn Tharsuinn, a lovely bit of ridge down to the Bealach Bhearnais, then a final steep slog up onto Sgurr na Feartaig. Stopped atop both of these for a good chill and some food. SnF was a particularly lovely hill with a long ridge & superb views both to the north Strathcarron hills and back south towards Kintail. Ptarmigan ( doing the broken wing trick) and golden plover heading down over on a welcome good quad bike track. Finished down a lovely path off the Baobh-bhacan Dubh (what a name - the black boar apparently!) back down to Achnashellach (8 hours total).
Great two days but feeling really wiped by the end. Maybe shouldn’t be surprised as there was a lot of mental energy required as well as plenty tough pathless terrain to negotiate. Great resilience training as well as physical! Only saw a handful of folk when I crossed the more frequently trod Munro routes.

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