Sunday was, on paper, the day with the most climb (1270m) on this year’s crossing but I had limited the planned distance to only 18km. I had a number of hills on my route, including a Corbett (Creach Bheinn), although I only know it’s a Corbett because the TGO Challenge rules say that all Munros and Corbetts must be noted. I think I may have mentioned this before….. but I’m not a hill bagger, although I’m starting to enjoy being high on occasion…. especially when you get views like this:
My progress had been slow all day; mainly due to the rough terrain under foot but I don’t think the hills helped. On only my second day of walking I was unfit and was glad that I didn’t need to reach anywhere in particular that night. Also, my GPS just would not get a fix and I had an unconfident feeling about whether I was where I thought I was.
Eventually, Creach Bheinn was ahead of me. The time was about 3pm and I was tired. The hill looked enormous…. although this photo doesn’t do it justice.
I had about 8km of my planned day ahead of me and I just couldn’t see how I was going to manage it if I climbed the Corbett. I looked down the hill towards Loch Etive:
That didn’t look like an attractive option either but at least, when I reached the bottom, it should be an easy enough walk along the glen.
I hadn’t bargained on this under foot, though –
It was a tough trudge but I kept going for a few more km, wondering if it would have been easier under foot if I’d stayed on the hills to my left – Creag na Cathaig and Meall Garbh. Shortly after Beinn Sgulaird I decided it was time to call it a day. I was a couple of kilometres short but I’d found a good place to camp and I had an easier day in the morning so could make up the distance without too much trouble.
Usually I don’t plan to have a “proper” pudding, although I might have some chocolate or nuts after my dinner, but tonight was definitely going to be a fig-rolls-and-custard night due to the effort I’d expended during the day. The Bird’s instructions are easy enough to follow at home with a kettle, measuring jug and a whisk but not so easy with only a Ti kettle, a spork and a nearly-triangular folding bowl. The custard was a little on the runny side…. in fact, it was like water but I was glad of the extra calories and would have two more opportunities to get it right later in the trip.