Monday 21 November 2016

Busy, busy Autumn

Liathach from Beinn Eighe
Sorry for the lack of recent blogging. Autumn has been extremely busy with twelve REC courses since mid September, two ML Assessments, one ML Training course, and an ML Refresher, one week's work in
Iceland for NST. (a rather interesting trip with very mixed weather and a coach crash; thankfully no one was injured)

We also managed to fit in a glorious one and a half weeks in Scotland, mostly spent backpacking in the far North West and Knoydart.

Meanwhile if you check out our Facebook page you will find a Walk of the Month series I am running where each month I try to write up either a backpacking expedition or a Day walk in the UK to give people inspiration to #GetOutside. Have a read and get inspired!

Monarch of the Glen
 One of our backpacks was into Attadale where it was sad to see the effect of the new HEP schemes which seem to be springing up all over Scotland and other upland areas. However Attadale Estate is so friendly with a bothy where walkers are welcome and there is even firewood laid on. Despite it being Stalking season, the Estate workers were very friendly and seek to work with walkers rather than against.
Beinn Eighe ridge. one of the best!

Megaidh making herself at home in Attadale Bothy

Ben Aden: the rough Bounds of Knoydart and a real jewel.
Torridon, the Far North West, Knoydart and Glen Shiel areas are definitely my favourite areas of Scotland (and Glen Affric) as I love long mountain ridges where I can stay high all day and be treated to superb views (providing the weather is playing ball, which on this occasion it most definitely was!)

Meanwhile, winter is now showing its face in the mountain regions of the UK and some of my upcoming blogs will be looking at walking in winter and giving tips.
in the mean time check out UKHillwalking website where several of my first aid and walking articles have been published with more to come.

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