Day 7. May 15 Day off at Scardroy looked after by the keeper’s wife and given drinks and lots of care, I thought for me the walk was over. I started to get better and after eating some soup that was brought later in the afternoon I felt weak but on the mend. We were given a great meal that night and I decided to carry on and see how it would go. I will never forget the kindness shown to me at Scardroy and unfortunately lost the name of the Keeper and his wife. Can anyone help? My mother phoned them when I told them of the kindness I had been given and thanked them for all their help. I was pretty weak when I went to bed but I prayed I would be able to cope with the big hill day? 21 July 2015 – From Tony Bradshaw ” the Keeper and his wife who helped you, way back ,may have been John and Blanche Meldrum, who were there in 1976″I cannot thanks them enough – anyone any news please of this incredible couple I am sure I met them in 2000 in the search for a missing plane ?
Jim and Paul were fine but said they would make the decision if I was too slow, I remember these words even to this day I was to go back and thank them after the walk and drop a few gifts and a bottle but it was little recompense for such great Highland Hospitality. This Glen was to be revisited on several call outs in the years to come both for aircraft incidents. One in 1982 for an USA F111 that crashed a few miles from Scardroy and both crew got out alive, the other was for a missing Cessna aircraft that was found on Liathach.
Day 8. May 16 – It was going to be a hard day for me as there was a long walk in to the mountains that we had planned to do they were the four Munros of the Strathfarrar Hills. Normally they are climbed from Glen Strathfarrar where access is limited by a locked Hydro gate but this is another wonderful Glen and to climb these mountains from StrathConnon would not be easy, especially feeling not 100% the plan was to climb Sgurr Fuar-thuill : ‘peak of the cold hollow’ Sgurr a’Choire Ghlais : ‘peak of the grey-green coire’ Carn nan Gobhar : ‘hill of the goats’ Sgurr na Ruaidhe : ‘peak of the redness’ We had big bags that we had restocked with 4 days food but I just took it easy and followed the stalking paths for nearly three hours up and down this remote area meeting lots deer in the hills, what a wild area this is. The usual wild river crossings were interesting but we were getting good at them by now, boots of and get in there.
I was very weak still I kept going and it was a long day and once on the ridge the wind came up. Paul and Jim waited on each summit and i just kept going, it is a great area but limited shelter and eventually we were on the last Munro. It was a bitter cold on the top and I could see the road below Paul and Jim headed down and I took it easy on the way down. I was running on empty when I got into the old bothy near Broulin Lodge and had an early night really exhausted after a huge day, Tomorrow would be more of the same we were now in the “Great Glens” all the mountain Summits are hard work, big hills and big days. I felt that I could cope again.
I was amazed at the basic gear we had, the famous Curlies boots , breeches , canvas gaiters what happened to them and the tartan shirt, ventile jacket and polar fleece the new secret weapon. Wet gear most days but we thought we were so well equipped for the mountains. I still feel the pain of putting on the wet gear every day!
A hard day for me distance 17 miles and 5547 feet.