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Training Log Archive: Thraws

In the 7 days ending Apr 14:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hillwalking3 23:30:15 35.42(39:49) 57.0(24:44) 2620
  Cycling1 5:47:52 41.01(8:29) 66.0(5:16) 670
  Total4 29:18:07 76.43(23:00) 123.0(14:18) 3290
averages - sleep:6.5 weight:72kg

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Sunday Apr 14 #

9 AM

Cycling (New Forest Spring Sportiv) 5:47:52 [3] 66.0 km (5:16 / km) +670m 5:01 / km
ahr:110 max:151 slept:6.5 weight:72kg

Mostly to show Jan she could ride over 50 miles comfortably. But also a new way to see the wonderful New Forest. We got overtaken a lot, but that was beside the point. We found our 12.5 mph pace and mostly stuck to it, although Jan left me trailing a few times when she had the wind in her sails. Easterly headwind between miles 10 and 30 slowed pace to under 11 mph, but we had our reward after turning round at Beaulieu. Ate and drank everything at the two food stops and really enjoyed the swish noise of tyres on the road. Didn't like the cold or the holiday traffic so much. The bike rack worked pretty well on the car as well.

Thursday Apr 11 #

10 AM

Hillwalking (Carn Mor (Glen Dessary)) 8:00:15 [3] 17.0 km (28:15 / km) +800m 22:52 / km

A wanted Corbett in the Munro fastness of the wild west. An excuse for a last (?) visit to the rough tough region of magnificent mountains between Glenfinnan and Glen Shiel. And on such a perfect spring day everything would be visible. The long drive beside Loch Arkaig didn't seem as dull as I remembered, but I did keep stopping to take pictures of the reflections. I struggled again though once I set foot on the hill. When I climbed up on to the ridge above A'Chuil bothy, thinking the work was mostly done, I mistook pt 616 for the top and wondered what the rocky snowy peak to the west could be. It took ages to reach. Varied the return by descending via Coire an Eich, but the promising start got worse as I got lower. It was a relief to regain the track. In the tent later on I realised that this was the last Munro or Corbett (of 74 in total?) on OS Landrangers 33 and 40, what must be the two best mountain maps of Scotland. (Perhaps 25 or 19 are the competition?) What a profound sense of achievement that gave me. It had taken almost 25 years, but the journey from enthusiastic tiro to tired old hand had been an immensely satisfying one.

Wednesday Apr 10 #

(rest day)

Had planned on a walk out to Orval to see the west side of the island, but worried that pace would make me miss the ferry. I was very tired and the tent would need taking down too. In the end just read in bed, mooched around Kinloch, then sat about waiting for the boat.

Tuesday Apr 9 #

8 AM

Hillwalking (Isle of Rum) 11:30:00 [4] 24.0 km (28:45 / km) +1620m 21:30 / km
ahr:102 max:153

Rum Cuillin Traverse. Coire Dubh, Cnapan Breaca, Hallival, Askival, Trollabhal, Ainshval, Sgurr nan Gillean, Dibidil bothy, Kinloch. A Corbett-bagging pinnacle? When the weather looked set fair for Rum for a few days at Easter I couldn't resist it. Set off jauntily up the well-made path, then got slightly gobsmacked by the reality of the Manx Shearwater colony nesting grounds on Hallival. Other worldly! What must it be like there when the birds return from feeding all day after dark? The rock bands coming off the first hill were a sign of things to come. I managed to bypass the Askival Pinnacle by a faint path on the left, but the rest of the day was a battle with route-finding through the crags. The state of my shot knees (especially the right) didn't help either. After claiming both Trollabhal summits (saw the only people all day here) I got into all sorts of trouble descending to the Bealach an Fhuarain. It was reminiscent of the Skye Cuillin and its many dead ends. Thank goodness I had full visibility! Luckily spotted the detour via the scree chute up Ainshval. Being late made me hurry which made me more tired. I forgot to head south from the summit of Gillean and only managed to descend eventually with the help of a crumbly, wet and horrible gully, where I had a bad slip. Worst of all was the prospect of the boggy 9k path back to the tent. And it was even worse than I feared. Tried to stay in the moment and enjoy the sublime views of Eigg in the evening sunshine, but I was proper pooped and the path made hurry impossible. Lucky to make it before dark. Big day and managed to catch it all on gps.

Monday Apr 8 #

2 PM

Hillwalking (Isle of Rum) 4:00:00 [2] 16.0 km (15:00 / km) +200m 14:07 / km

Got the ferry via Eigg, pitched tent near Kinloch, then decided to spend afternoon breaking in new cheap boots by walking out to Kilmory Bay and back. Good track all the way. Found the accom and the very hide used in the Autumnwatch stag rutting years. Beautiful day.

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