Author Archives: Cameron Speirs

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.

Braeriach – our 283rd and final Munro – “bagged” [# 283]

Braeriach (1296m) Pronunciation:             Bray-ree-erch Translation:                  Dappled Neck Total distance:             22.2km Total time:                    7hrs 16mins Total ascent:                 1337m Weather:                       Dull, damp … Continue reading

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A truly alpine profile – [# 282]

Sgurr nan Gillean (964m) Pronunciation:             Skoor nern Gillian Translation:                  (probably) Peak of the Gullies, but usually taken to mean Peak of the Young Men Total distance:              11.0km Total time:                     4hrs 50mins Total ascent:   … Continue reading

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The ‘In Pin’ – [# 279 – 281]

Sgurr Alasdair (992m); Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948m) and the Inaccessible Pinnacle (Sgurr Dearg) (986m) Pronunciation:             Skoor Alasdair; Skoor Vee Chonneech; Skoor Jerrack Translation:                  Alexander’s Peak (named after the first recorded ascender: Alexander Nicholson); MacKenzie’s Peak (named after John MacKenzie, an … Continue reading

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High tide proves to be the final obstacle – [# 278]

Ladhar Bheinn (1020m) Pronunciation:             Larrer Vane (usually referred to as Larven) Translation:                  Hoof Mountain Total distance:             25.5km Total time:                    9hrs 14mins Total ascent:                 1969m Weather:                        A beautiful day – sunny, but … Continue reading

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Only the mad venture out! – [# 276 – 277]

Luinne Bheinn (939m) and Meall Buidhe (946m) Pronunciation:            Loonya Vane; Miaowl Vooyuh Translation:                 The Sea-swelling Mountain; Yellow Mountain Total distance:             20.8km Total time:         … Continue reading

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Backpacking trip to Knoydart

Kinlochhourn to Barrisdale Bay Total distance:             11km Total time:                    2hrs 45mins Total ascent:                 415m Weather:                       Bright, clear and warm. Start … Continue reading

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Not as boggy as we thought – [# 275]

Maoile Lunndaidh (1007m) Pronunciation:            Merle Lon-dye Translation:                 Bald Hill of the Wet Place Total distance:             28.8km (18km of which were cycled) … Continue reading

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Slioch would have shone in better weather – [# 274]

Slioch (981m) Pronunciation:             Shlierch Translation:                  (possibly) The Spear Total distance:              19.4km Total time:                     6hrs 14mins Total ascent:                  1245m Weather:                        Blustery and wet. Gale force winds and … Continue reading

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A very boggy ascent – [# 273]

Am Faochagach (954m) Pronunciation:             Am Fookagach Translation:                  The Heathery Place Total distance:             14.6km Total time:                    4hrs 34mins Total ascent:                 803m Weather:                     … Continue reading

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Another mammoth trip in Fisherfield – [# 271 & 272]

A’ Mhaighdean (967m) & Ruadh Stac Mor (918m) Pronunciation:             Uh Vaygian, Rooa Stac More Translation:                  The Maiden, Big Red Hill; Total distance:              51.2km Total time:                     11hrs 35mins Total ascent:           … Continue reading

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