An alternative look at the great outdoors...
The route, like all good routes, was conceived in a pub in Kennington one evening after a 10 mile walk in September 1986, like this.
Iain: "Challenge next year - what do you fancy? I fancy the 4000ft Mountain Route. I have tried it three times, but was forced off each time by the weather."
Me (full of whisky): "OK, why not?"
Iain: "OK, I will do the route."
Then I promptly forgot about it
Later Iain said, "I have submitted the route, and it has been approved, with the comment: This has been tried and no-one has succeeded, so best of luck to you not-so-young men"
|Date||Route Summary||OS Map No|
|Friday 15th May||Drive overnight to Fort William, request a parking space with police permission.
Leave my keys with the police, who will watch my car.
|Saturday 16th May||Catch 8.30 train to Lochailort, sign out and start walking to Cona Glen to camp.||Map No. 40|
|Sunday 17th May||Cona Glen to Fort William on the road as there is no Sunday ferry at Camusnagaul
- meet Iain (who is starting at another point) at camp site
|Monday 18th May||Camp site - Ben Nevis - Carn Mor Dearg Arête - Carn Mor Dearg - Aonach Mor -
Aonach Beag - Grey Corries - camp or bothy
|Tuesday 19th May||Camp to Nancy Smith's Hostel at Fersit. Pick up parcel & phone in.||Map 41|
|Wednesday 20th May||Fersit - through the forest to loch laggan - Kinlochlaggan - Monadhliath Hotel. Camp||Map 40/42/35|
|Thursday 21st May||Monadhliath Hotel to Kingussie. Find a bed & breakfast, clean up & phone in.||Map 35|
|Friday 22nd May||Kingussie - Feshie Bridge - Feshie Forest to small bothy - Creig Dubh
- south of Loch Mhic Ghille Chaol - camp by river
|Saturday 23rd May||Camp - Braeriach - Cairn Toul - Angel Point - Devil's Point - Corrour Bothy||Map 36|
|Sunday 24th May||Corrour Bothy - Ben Macdui - Cairn Gorm - Fords of Avon - Derry Lodge -
Braemar - camp or B&B - phone in
|Monday 25th May||Braemar - Ballater - camp||Map 43/44|
|Tuesday 26th May||Ballater - round Mount Keen - Tarfside - phone in||Map 44|
|Wednesday 27th May||Tarfside - Edzell||Map 44/45|
|Thursday 28th May||Edzell - Montrose||Map 44/45/54|
I suddenly realised what I had let myself in for, as this was only my third Challenge. Iain said, "There are some very long hard days, which means early starts at 5 to 6am - never later than 6."
40 to 44 lbs (18kg - 20kg). I only weighed 10 stone 10 lbs (68kg).
There was no GPS, Mobile Phone or Spot!