It's easy to loose the path or take the wrong one - even if you have a map. A 6 mile walk can quickly become a 9 mile one!
Mountain classifications are becoming fascinating - this one is a Dewey or a HuMP
Excited to see that some snow still remained on the highest mountain in South Wales.
Pen-y-fan is classed as a Marilyn.There are 158 in Wales.
I've never enjoyed lunch as much - hill-walking makes you hungry. Even cereal bars taste good at altitude! ;-)
Heavy snow was forecast for certain areas, but no-one was quite expecting these conditions in the Pentland Hills.
It's useful to have a compass, map and the ability to read both when encountering whiteout conditions!
Gaiters will help to keep your feet dry. It is not a shortened word for 'alligators' (which was explained quite quickly to Lynne).
Our first hill-walking steps were inspired by our good friend, Maria. An experienced walker who has conquered the Munro's (twice) and hiked to the Everest Base Camp. We were in expert hands.
Our first hill in Scotland - Cockleroy. A gentle, short walk but it was enough to persuade me (Lynne) that there was a need to purchase 'proper' hill-walking boots!
That was over a year ago now. We have 'dabbled' since - mostly when we are working in Scotland and staying with Maria. We have explored The Ochils - reaching the summit of Ben Cleuch, The Law, Andrew Gannel and Bank Hill. And we have purchased walking trousers, walking boots and rucksacks.
The hill-walking bug really began after our day in the Pentland Hills (see the next blog entry). Driving back home to Wales gave us an opportunity to reflect on the excitement of the 'whiteout' experience and 'a peak a week' was born. Can we manage it? Who knows. But we now aim to walk a peak a week...and to document our learning experiences as we go.
...a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
We are Lynne and Andrew from Single Steps Learning. Our love of learning and exploring has inspired us to take up 'hill-walking'. We hope to progress from novice to expert! This is our journey.