Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

To resolve a conundrum or two

4th April 2009

Maybe I should note down what I have captured in photos, but there are occasions when I go looking at one and it takes some time to fathom what I have gone and captured on film or memory card. It doesn’t follow always that I resolve a query to my satisfaction while seated in the comfort of my own home, so my mind ends turning to the possibility of a return to an area. Such is the case with the section of the West Highland Way between Glen Coe and Kinlochleven, but there is another idea for the same area afoot too.

Perusal of the SMC’s The Corbetts & Other Scottish Hills has planted in my head the scheme of walking up Glas Bheinn. Given the name is the Gaelic for grey hill, it’s probably sensible to assume there are a few of these about so I suspect that a few words on its location wouldn’t go astray. The one that I have in my sights lies between Loch Eilde Mor and Blackwater Reservoir, in countryside that is rarely frequented if my walks along the former can be any guide. Assuming cooperation from the weather, that almost guarantees generous panoramas of the surrounding hill country with the rocky Mamores forming part of the fare. The gradients look none too frightening on a map so it might even be my type of hill and, if it puts paid to any questions about what is captured in my photos, then that makes it even better. I may not have a Scottish excursion in mind right now but it never hurts to have something on the ideas shelf for ready deployment in the event of an opportunity surprising you like Scotland has done to me on many an occasion.

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