We were accompanied (or led) by our good friends, Barbara and David this week. The Cobbler (or now known by us all as 'Cobbler, the Bobble Gobbler due to Lynne beginning with hair bobbles and returning without them) is outlined in the top right-hand corner of the opposite picture.
The Cobbler is just short of 'Munro' status - so its classification is a Corbett. It was still going to be the highest of all our peaks so far and, on first glance, it looked slightly terrifying.
To some, we didn't completely conquer The Cobbler. The black and white photo of the guy standing on top of the protruding rock is not Andrew - although we did wonder about doing a little bit of photo-shopping 😉. However, we did make it across to that rock and both of us climbed into the 'Eye of the Needle'. To reach the highest point on the top you need to climb right through the eye of the needle, onto the narrow ledge outside (with a 100ft sheer drop), navigate around to the back and climb up. Not something we felt capable of doing (yet) without security ropes and crash helmets. There have been many fatal casualties here over the years.
Nevertheless, an absolutely brilliant day. Thank you, Barbara and David! 😀
Learned or Affirmed:
...unless you count the walking block in GO Outdoors, Cardiff!
We are leaving for Scotland tomorrow and we know that we will be hill-walking with friends on our rare 'days off'. In fact, we will be experiencing our first Corbett and Munro Mountains. Excitement - apart from the ongoing issue of Lynne's walking boots. The Meindl's are not going to work. Scrambling to the top of a Munro will require boots that you feel safe in and that fit your feet comfortably. So, a trip to Go Outdoors in the hope that they will have something. A shout out for the staff member that spent two hours on Saturday and an hour on Monday assisting Lynne. The perfect boot was identified - Salomon Authentic LTR GTX.
Trust your instinct. As soon as I put my feet into these particular Salomon boots, I knew they were the right ones.
Hardly a peak, but a walk through some boggy land to visit to a Neothilic burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C. For more information, check out the 'Explore-Gower' website. We did find a trig point, so we'll label it a 'sneaky peak' as our walk was completely flat from start to finish. However, it was a good way to test out Lynne's new walking boots.
Although the Meindl walking boots are great quality, they may not last long on the end of Lynne's feet. After researching extensively before and after buying boots, the main piece of advice we would give anyone buying boots is 'make sure they are comfortable and you feel you can walk/climb naturally in them'. Although the Meindl boots add extra support (rigid), it's no good if you do not feel confident in them. Our new learning - Lynne's preference for walking/climbing/scrambling is a flexible boot. So - back to searching for boots...and if anyone would like to purchase a pair of 'almost new' Meindl's, please get in touch!
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.