Yesterday I had a long day and a meal with Richard Else Cameron MacNeish and Paul Tatershill as we were filming in the Mamores for #RoadsLessTravelled. I was feeling the effects of the day before of an emotional day on Ben More Crianlarich.
Despite the weather forecast of heavy rain and low cloud it was a fun day. It was a great drive down the old road which had lots of debris from the heavy rain. The views as you follow the Loch are grand and this used to be the main road when the ferry stopped running from Ballahullish.
The morning went well and we met in Kinlochleven what a change in that small place. This is after years of visiting the old ATC hut near the Aluminium works where I stayed for many years with the Rescue Teams. There has been money spent and it was looking good with such a location for walkers cyclists and outdoor fans. It also has the National indoor Ice climbing arena at the Ice Factor and massive climbing walls. It also has information on the history of the Aluminium industry and its place in the towns development.
We were heading into the back of the Mamores great hills that tower above the village . There was some great light on the hills and then later on came the rain that was forecast .
It got worse but we managed to get the piece finished despite the midges attacking when the wind dropped and the rain got heavier. I hope the program piece comes out well and it was an enjoyable day with three good folk they love Scotland and take you to some great places.
What an area this is the back of the Mamores is a wild place and looking great today even in the cloud and rain. The rivers were running again down the hillsides and we only saw 4 folk all day. Everything is looking green again and the rain is much needed. This has been some summer.
I am so privileged to be able to speak about my time on the hills and wild places. I hope it comes out okay when shown later in the year. The day previous on Saturday I was in Ben More (Crianlarich ) and got some lovely comments from Saddie who went to the summit with me. It is great that all these years later 45 in fact that we can help those who lose loved ones in the Mountains. It is also lovely to hear the thoughts of how they feel to those in the Mountain Rescue Teams who give so much in times of need. It is an honour to pass on these thoughts even after all those years. Yet these places still attract me I love this area Glencoe and BennNevis and memories of great days with companions on these hills. We were so fit then and all that mattered was how many hills and how fast. Now we watch the clouds see the light changes the rain fill the burns and white torrents race down the hills. Things that we took for granted we now see through older eyes. The trees even the midges ,clegs and the old ruins of crofts and sheilings are all part of the history of this place . What a joy to be in among the hills again.
Photo Paul Tat from the North West an incredible character and unassuming man. Great to be with him today and Richard Else we as Cameron said ”
The rain did not dampen our spirits”
When we finished the filming we had a coffee in Kinlochleven at the Ice Factor (well worth a visit)it was busy there was a big race staging through! This is an incredible event:
This is City to Summit, an iconic journey between the historic heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and the summit of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. Take it on as a One Day Expert or Two Day Challenger. The route is an absolute belter: Starting with a half marathon* of road running from the centre of Auld Reekie and culminating in a crossing of the famous Forth (road!) Bridge to North Queensferry, it continues with a stunning 184km road bike leg snaking its way into the Highlands.
Then, ditch the bike to transfer back to foot for the final marathon* off-road assault on The Ben. With a finish line set in spectacular Fort William, It is no small undertaking and those who do reach the end will have achieved something truly remarkable, having traversed one of the most famous mountain landscapes on Earth. Brought to you by Rat Race, the UK’s most progressive and inspiring adventure brand with a reputation for slick production, you can be assured that the quality of the event on offer will be first-class.
There are some incredible people out there! What a country we live in. Oh to be 40 years younger and see what the young ones are doing it’s great and in these days of Bad News look around and see those who are true inspirational folk for the future generations.
Well deserved win for “G “on the tour I bet our Welsh cousins are overjoyed . Now that is a great thing for us all to enjoy ?