Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Bang, bang, bang

89 to go. 7 in 3 hours. Bang, bang, bang. The stats are just piling up. Makes it sound so easy. Let's have a few more; 15 and a half hours to tick off Knoydart with Graham, roughly 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night, another punishing schedule tomorrow; 10 miles on the hill, 40 miles on the bike, another stint up Blabheinn on Skye, then a night in a bothy. Maybe I'll reassess the easiness!

Graham has headed home now, but he messages me with a few words about the day in Knoydart...

Knoydart yesterday successfully completed in 15 1/2 hrs. Me & Dan set off at 04.45am and knocked off the 8 Munros in generally very good weather conditions. The weather gods treated us to a storm of hailstones and strong wind on the final summit, and we reached Aled at the Barrisdale Bothy at 8.15pm. Dan now has only 99 Munros left and that was me cream crackered.

Dan’s off on his own today hoovering up the South Glen Shiels ridge in glorious sunshine.

Back home to Kendal tomorrow - a great week, truly inspirational, although it won’t inspire me to do it. I’m not tough enough!!


Just spoke to Dan as he met up with Aled on the A87. He had planned to camp on the ridge but descended instead, a decision he is currently regretting. However, that is the way of it. The drop to the road cost him an hour and a half this evening and another 2 tomorrow, just to pick up the trail.

The last summit of the day, Creag nan Damh, offered him a Birdseye view of his achievement to date, the hills to the south spread out and drenched in evening sunshine, and the challenge to come, looking north and west to the 89 Munros that remain. But there is still no let up in the challenge that every day presents.

Phil and Sue have arrived to look after Dan for the next few weeks, up until the school half term break. Matt Reedy will appear tomorrow, and if Cuillin looks tricky for Thursday, John Fleetwood is a plan B for an attempt on Friday.

Here's a link to a great big of blogging, including photos that cover the few days around Dan's sumit of Ben Avon.


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