Comments from blog about Dealing with getting old on the hills.

Many thanks for all the comments on yesterday’s blog. It seemed to have brought a lot of interest from a lot of folks. Here are some of the comments that others may not have seen on Facebook. Thank you all keep doing the things you love as long as you can! Getting old – no way ! Thanks for all the messages.

On Garbh Bheinn Ardgour !

Very well said, Heavy. I noticed a big difference in my performance post lockdown and it came as a bit of a blow, but slow and canny still gets me up there.

I remember speaking to the late Freddie Malcolm once and he said some of his mates said they were jealous of him that he could still get up the hills, and he told them he was no healthier than them – the difference was that he WANTED to get into the hills and was prepared to thole the pain for that.

Steve – Great blog Heavy, as someone diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago I can relate to a lot of that despite not being old…59 isn’t old is it?! 😉 Like you say you can still get out there by taking a sensible approach!

Angus – Absolutely spot on Heavy, likewise 55 years of pounding the hills and punishing MR loads have taken their toll, mostly on the knees and I wish I had started using poles much earlier in life. I can still make good time ascending but descending is painful but the only solution is to keep going. Shorter routes but still love that day on the hill and Assynt ticks all the boxes for me.

Bill Rose

Stalkers pace. You miss so much racing up. Go gently , stopping awhile, spying wildlife on the hills on the way up is far more rewarding. Do not scare them off. You are a visitor to their home.

Aliaster – Good perspective that Heavy. And I think it’s true. It doesn’t matter what you do and where your limits are regardless of age (or not). You just have to know to stay within you own limits and get out to the hills to free yourself.

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Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Comments from blog about Dealing with getting old on the hills.

  1. Jim Higgins says:

    I had arterial graft surgery 2 years ago and find I have the fitness in the cardio vascular department but now it seems arthritis is the bane of my life. It is all about listening to your body for me anyway. The dilemma I am in is that most of the folk I am going out with do not fully understand my predicament and find it awkward to regulate there day according to my needs. So I go alone. Much to the disagreement of my long suffering wife who want to know that if I were to take ill I would have a support person with me.
    The medication I take makes me very tired very suddenly and I have seen me finding an appropriate place on the hill in a good day to lay back for a quick hours nap. Nothing feels like it. With winter approaching I have to forsake the hill days as this would be lethal in the circumstances. I take an anti coagulant medication which thins my blood and makes my core temperature drop and therefore I need warmer air temperatures to sustain me. In colder days I must keep moving to keep warm, no hanging about waiting for the light to change for that picture. If I have a long drive home I tend to pull into a laybye for a nap as well sometimes.
    I went on a walk up Ben Lawers many years ago and an old gentleman went powering past me and I thought wow he is fit for his age. I caught up with him as he stopped for a sup from his flask and said that he was a sprightly auld yin. He informed me that he had had a triple by pass 6 months previously. Here I am at 61 with a quadruple and not giving in.

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