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Mucking about on a Munro

Its been many years since I donned hiking boots to do some serious hiking but one of the wtfimu2n challenges was to ” visit the Old Bailey or do a Munro”. As I had already spent a day at the London courts as a public observer when on a school visit some years ago the Munro had much more appeal.

Packed the car along with hubby & dog and set off for the Scottish Highlands. March is possibly a tricky time to go as the weather as we found can be fickle however we did manage to get out and about.

Munro were graded some years ago and Ben Nevis is the highest followed by Ben Macdhui. We started by going up Cairn Form (6th highest) and if the weather had been better would have done the two in a day but we had to split the ascents as the conditions were not ideal the first day.

When ever walking wearing good kit helps and as we discovered the good old map and compass a definite must. For those who have never experienced the feeling of satisfaction from climbing to the top of high ground then if you get a chance do so. Nothing quite like it and if you are fortunate you get fantastic views from the summits.

I have completed the Three Peaks of Yorkshire some many years ago when my then new boyfriend persuaded his naval colleagues to let me come on their expedition. Given the gibes & grumbles I was determined to ‘keep up with the boys’ including downing a pint or two in the pub at lunch time & taking my turn carrying the rucksack. The beer was strong & I don’t really remember the third hill much but know I was glad when we returned to the cafe to sit in the warm & massage the aching muscles. Still one of the group went on to be our best man so think we were forgiven & there we were over 30 years later still keen to go trekking up a mountain together.

Timing wise we did quite respectable times of 3 hours for Cairn Form & 5.5 for Ben Macdhui which means that I now have a bench mark for trying to go for one of the other challenges which is to do the other ‘3 Peaks in 24 hours’ namely Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike& Snowdon.

If you want to see how we did the video is over on my You Tube channel.

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When the man doesn’t burn for you

A colleague at work said ahh forget Glastonbury & go with her to The Burning Man Event. Totally gabbed by this wild idea but unsure if a wind up I sounded her out when we were next on shift together.

Turns out she wasn’t joking which triggered a set of actions in motion that resulted in the booking of a motorhome & flights. Ahgast at the prospect of shelling out $1600 upfront for tickets we decided to play the official ‘lottery system’ where they would be around $500. Given the event is in Nevada it seemed sort of appropriate to take a gamble but we sadly played & lost due impart to a shaky internet connection. So with Plan A dead in the water so to speak we needed an alternative. Armed with my faithful Google maps I scuttled back to the virtual drawing board & came up with Plan B.

Colleagues at work were watched & listened somewhat agog at the unfolding plans possibly a little sceptical that we would actually carry them out. We ran the gauntlet of jibes re Thema & Louise etc but we just smiled enigmatically & firmed up the details of our oddessy.

Given we had never been on vacation together it may have seemed to some a little mental to sign up for the best part of 3 weeks in a camper van but we were game to give it a go. Turns out we were really on the same page for road tripping & as we made our way airport we found much to chat and laugh about that set the tone for the whole journey.