Category Archives: Quality Mountain day

Leaving the GR 20

Bergerie de Vaccaighja to Corté 21.5km (13½ miles) Ascent 300m (985ft) Descent 1,420m (4,660ft) 7h 30m With a heavy heart, I have to leave the trail and make my way East to collect family from Bastia airport on Sunday morning. … Continue reading

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The hike: GR20 (North)

Monday: Refuge de Carrozzu to d’Ascu Stagnu. 6km (3 3/4 miles), Ascent 860m (2280ft), Descent 710m (2330ft), 5hrs 30mins by the book It took me more like 7h 30m. The climb out of Carrozzu was a familiar one, the same … Continue reading

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3: Breadalbane

12°C, rain, much of it heavy with brisk SW. Moved to the Trossachs, this gives me a new area to explore and a shorter drive home than Ardnamuchan. The Ben Lawers range was recommended by the Fife couple. It may … Continue reading

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Old Man of Coniston

21°C white cloud and humid. I hiked with MapMyRide+! Distance: 14.05km, time: 06:02:00, pace: 25:46min/km, speed: 2.33km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/3033621601 The atmosphere dominated the day. Not today, those boring photos of blazing sun, blue sky and distant vistas. Clouds spilled over the … Continue reading

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Carneddau ring:2

–8°C start, then warmth came through steadily. Mostly sunny once hill fog burnt off. A very long day’s walk, it turned out later. A cold night: g knew it would get cold, it reached -8°C by about 4am. I piled … Continue reading

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Carneddau ring: 1

6°C start sunny patches. No wind. Hiking in semi-winter conditions. The theme here is ‘no planning’. My first idea for a start was changed because of a closed road. There map a cross country running event that forced closures. Other … Continue reading

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Berwyn ridge.

7°C, brisk NW, hill fog above 600m, mostly dry and cold. I hiked with MapMyRide+! Distance: 14.61km, time: 08:39:00, pace: 35:31min/km, speed: 1.69km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/264441241​ I don’t recall hiking in December before. it’s not too cold yet, though the wind-chill was … Continue reading

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Streap, a Corbett.

10°C, rain most of the day. Milky mist with some patches of sun. Corryhully bothy is ideal for this route. In effect, I went straight out this morning onto the hill. Nevertheless, two hours went by before I reached the … Continue reading

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The Mamores from Kinlochleven.

12°C, dry white cloud to start, rain after about 3pm. Walk along The West Highlands Way for a short while before taking a wet turning north. Onto a bealach that connects two of the horseshoe’s summits. The route up the … Continue reading

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Sgorr Dearg, 1024m

13°C, brisk SW Bringing showers late afternoon. Part of the Ballachulish horseshoe. Met a group of guys from around north Manchester getting ready for a walk. I asked where they were going to go. They showed me on a route … Continue reading

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