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Training Log Archive: Thraws

In the 7 days ending Aug 11:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hillwalking3 13:30:00 20.82(38:55) 33.5(24:11) 2096
  Total3 13:30:00 20.82(38:55) 33.5(24:11) 2096

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Thursday Aug 8 #

11 AM

Hillwalking (Harris Corbett) 5:30:00 [3] 12.0 km (27:30 / km) +926m 19:51 / km

Forecast was for brighter later, but I didn't have much hope for the time when I'd be on the hill. Still opted for the 'scenic' rather than the short route though, so got more claggy nav practice. From Bunavoneadarra I climbed past the wind turbines to Tarsabhal then onto the obvious ridge route up Clisham (an Cliseam). Huge boulder fields had to be negotiated where they couldn't be avoided and I was glad when a descending group of four indicated to me the path route up from the A859. Another group at the trig point had come up the same 'easy' way too. I set the compass for NNW along the ridge then turned sharp left at the cairn, crossing more random boulder fields, and hoping I'd hit the col cleanly again. Two out of two! There was a path of sorts to the subsidiary top before a steep descent to the gap below the scramble. I found a well trodden path below the rock on the right and followed it up to where it emerged right under the summit of Mulla bho Dheas (which sounds like a Gaelic rapper). Heaven knows how you'd find that path going the other way though. From the cairn I took a SSW bearing through more boulders before coming out the cloud at Mo Buidhe. Took socks off the Abhainn Thorabraidh river crossing and then joined the trashed stalkers path for the return to the start. Satisfying day.

Wednesday Aug 7 #

11 AM

Hillwalking (Isle of Harris) 5:30:00 [3] 15.5 km (21:17 / km) +850m 16:43 / km

Saving the Corbett for the promise of a better day tomorrow, parked on the dead end B887 at Miabhaig for a taste of the Harris 'mountains'. Climbed the slope to Creag na Spereig then the fine ridge to Uisgneabhal Mor. Careful map and compass needed in the cloud and rain for the col to Teileasbhal, as there was not even the trace of a path and the slope in all directions was uniformly steep. Big relief when it became clear the ground ahead was no longer dropping. Needed careful nav off the second top too as I wanted a NW first then NE spur. Garmin useful here in 'estimating' distance. Hit Creag Stulabhal dead on then just turned west for descent and track out under Sron Scourst. Despite all the people near the Eagle Observatory at Loch Scourst the area had a real mountain and dramatic feel. The Oireabhal/Ulabhal hills across the loch were very tempting. Height isn't everything.

Monday Aug 5 #

12 PM

Hillwalking (Isle of Skye) 2:30:00 [2] 6.0 km (25:00 / km) +320m 19:44 / km

Wanted to show Jan the Quiraing, but hadn't realised how popular this 'attraction' had become since I had it to myself on a quiet September day 25 years ago. We managed to lose most of the hordes, but then got rather lost ourselves.

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