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  1. Steve says:

    Hey, I must have been having a helluva time since you guys left, cos it only seems a few weeks ago since you were both in the office – was it really Sept 2009 ??
    Glad to see you’re enjoying some great Scottish culture – I’ve just entered a competition for a break in Fife !
    The weather here is pants too…the deluge has started.

    • Cameron says:

      Well spotted Steve. Yipp should have said 2010, not 2009! Time would have really have flown otherwise. Great to hear from you. Cheers, Cameron.

  2. Francis says:

    You’ll be up those Munros in no time at all on a diet of Elaine’s cakes. Good luck. Looking forward to hearing how the Inn Pinn goes in winter!

  3. Neil Fairbairn says:

    Sounds like a bit of an epic, stay safe!

  4. David Comins says:

    Well done on Bidean – and your decision to leave Stob Coire Sgreamhach for another day. Thanks for the accounts.

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  6. Neil Fairbairn says:

    At what point are you going to start sending images to Paramo for the catalogue?!?

  7. John Harris says:

    Hi Cameron and Elaine,
    I’m the guy you met on the wee Buchaille and thanks for putting in the link to The Upperward MC website.
    It’s great to see it’s still going well for you,
    Best of luck for the rest of the trip,
    Regards, John and Sheila.
    ps your web site looks really good, I’ll add it to my favourites.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi John,
      It was great meeting you and Sheila on the “wee” Buachaille. We had a great day out, plus another good one on its big brother the following day. I trust that Sheila enjoyed her walk – given you mentioned that it was one of her first outings in Scottish winter conditions.
      Elaine and I have been down in Edinburgh for the last few days enjoying the delights of the city – especially the buzz and the preparations ahead of switching on the Christmas lights. We’re now back in the Highlands, currently “wild camping” in our ‘van near Crianlarich ready for an assault on Ben More and Stob Binnein tomorrow.
      Thanks for your feedback on the site – I’ve got some other plans of things to include once I get access to a bit more bandwidth.
      Best regards,
      Cameron

  8. Neil Fairbairn says:

    My Mates Auntie used to own Deacon Brodies (or at least run it for the Brewery). Had a few nights in there for the rugby! You should also try Biddy Mulligans and Finnegan’s Wake (if they’re still there).

  9. Cameron says:

    Cheers Neil – for the public house suggestions.
    I’ve got a suggestion for you, why don’t we pick a time to rendezvous with you and Laura in Edinburgh and you can show Elaine and me in person!

  10. Robin Dickson says:

    Hi Cameron,

    Just catching up on your exploits over the last week or so, and feeling very jealous. I hope you guys are faring well in the weather we see has been hitting the highlands.

    I must say, I have no experience of snow chains, but I am looking into it myself at the moment as we are driving off to the Alps in a couple of months.

    You probably have found this web site already, but there is a sort of pseudo-technical comparison of snow socks and chains here (http://www.roofbox.co.uk/gal/ask/ASHP_06Z.jpg).

    Best of luck with your challenge. Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you when you retreat south again.

    Robin

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Robin – great to hear from you. We’ve been out on the hills for the last 3 days and have climbed another 5 Munros. The weather has been glorious – although the Mercury dropped to -5.9 centigrade last night, which starts to play havoc with the ‘van’s water supply. We’ve captured some lovely pictures over the last few days and I’ve written the blogs – but sadly don’t have the bandwidth right now to upload with photos. Keep checking in though as I’ll post the material ASAP. Cheers, Cameron

  11. Laura Fairbairn says:

    Know what you mean about water freezing in the platypus hose – I had the same problem in Snowdonia this weekend. Mark, Ralph and I had 2 great days in the snow – not consolidated yet but beautiful views and lots of fun.

  12. Chris Robinson says:

    Wouldn’t it just be easier for you to make me some and bring it back down? 🙂
    Hope it’s not too cold just now. We’ve had a whole inch of snow here!
    Take care, C.

  13. Chris Robinson says:

    I have some snow socks for the Saab. Not had chance to use them in anger but they are very good by reputation. They are supposed to be a “get you home” solution and will wear out with use though. For getting you to a lay-by then I think they would be fine. Just have a shovel and cat litter (grit) handy too!

    C.

  14. Donna says:

    Hi Guys!!
    Hope you’re keeping warm and cosy! Keep posting good cake recipes Elaine! I’m going to try the tea bread! Any plans to go skiing when in the right area? They’re season has kicked off wonderfully already. Enjoy yourselves and stay safe!

    Donna xxxx

    • Elaine says:

      Hi Donna,

      Good to hear from you. I’m always on the lookout for easy cake recipes so if you have any that can be made in the ‘van without too much hassle I would love to try them. The weather is cold and the forecast is for snow in Lochaber tomorrow. Aonach Mor is due to open this weekend for skiing (two weeks earlier than usual!). We’ll try to get a few more mountains under our belt first and then see if we have the energy to go skiing!

      Elaine x

  15. Malcolm Macleod says:

    I like “Cameron floating on a bed of snow” – when I clicked on it, it became a piece of abstract art.
    Great to hear about your travels. I read your question about snow socks vs chains. I know nothing about that but I did just buy myself snow chains from Halfords – for my car tyres they’re only £70 which is not so bad.
    Take care. Love to you both
    Malcolm

  16. Giles says:

    Agree with Chris. Perhaps you could send us a some? Seems I’m in a cake-free office these days….

    • Elaine says:

      Cake-free office! This is your chance Giles to rectify this unheard of situation by actually making some of the recipes 🙂 Next on my list is Sticky Lime and Coconut Loaf. The Rock Bun recipe will also soon be on the website!

  17. Vince and Luci says:

    Hi there, great to read about your ascent and descent of Ben Vane, we really enjoyed meeting you both on the hill side.

    We both found Ben Vane to be surprisingly tough for such a ‘small’ Munro. The latter part near the summit was pretty scary in parts but reaching the summit and the resulting views made it so worthwhile.

    We look forward to reading more about your expeditions in the coming weeks and months -you certainly captured the spirit of your walk in your description.

    Good luck with the rest of your walks, hope you’re warm and comfortable, despite these early season arctic weather conditions!

    Best Wishes to yourself and Elaine,
    Vince and Luci

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Vince and Juli, great to hear from you both. I would agree that the top 100m or so of Ben Vane was actually quite tough – probably more so on the descent. The ice hiding under the light dusting of snow made a slip very easy. That was why Elaine and I chose to to wear our crampons for a short time. Take care both. Regards, Cameron

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  19. Roy Starkey says:

    Hi Cameron & Elaine – I just heard from Malcolm that you are “on tour” – I’m highly envious. I’m hoping to get a week up in the Highlands late Feb / early March so hope the snow will stay until then ! You’ve certainly chosen THE winter to be up there ! We had a fabulous week in the Cairngorms at the end of February this year – just Arctic! Take care and have fun. Best wishes Roy

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Roy, great to hear from you. The weather here is certainly feeling a bit arctic, but it also makes the scenery very spectacular. Thanks for your feedback on our website. We’re really enjoying the trip so far, as well as writing about it on the web. Today, we did a long run for many miles along the Caledonian Canal towpath. It was fun running through the snow – if a bit slippy underfoot. I hope that all is well with you down in Malvern. Very best regards, Cameron (& Elaine)

  20. Karl says:

    Snow chains for the ‘van! What about snow shoes for you two? Could make getting onto the hills a lot easier. And it’s great fun / exercise.

    • Cameron says:

      Karl,
      We were actually looking with interest at the snowshoes in Nevisport. I’m sure that it would be really great fun to try, but it would be just one more thing to have to carry. Our sacks are already over-weight in my opinion. However, the wee light-weight slides look interesting for some of the easier descents!
      Hope that you guys are all well in Stoke Lacy.
      Very best regards from Elaine and me.

  21. Dave Palmer says:

    Hey, congratulations on getting started with this epic adventure. I’l be reading this blog regularly and keeping up with progress. Sorry I couldn’t make it to the farewell bash, a business issue, sad but being self employed ……..

  22. Dave Palmer says:

    That view to Ben Nevis is just stunning, you lucky (and brave) people!

  23. Neil Fairbairn says:

    Beinn a’ Chaorainn was my favourite day out when we went to Glenmore last year. We went up the east ridge which was a bit steep in places (probably grade II) quite a walk in but also quite an adventure. It was deserted when we were there, quite special. Looks like you had similar conditions. Is it consolidating yet? We are off to Snowdonia at the weekend so hoping that the rain doesn’t wash away all the snow!

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Neil,
      No, the snow is far from being consolidated yet – at least on Beinn a’ Chaorainn and others in the vicinity. The snow nearer Glen Coe and Crianlarich last week was much more solid. The temperature today has risen to around +5 degrees C. However, I think that the forecast is suggesting Scotland may be in for another cold snap next week. If this is true then this freeze-thaw combination may kick-start the consolidation process.
      I hope that you find some good conditions in Snowdonia this coming weekend when you are there. Please say “hi” to the crew and let me know how you get on.
      Yours, Cameron

  24. Dave Palmer says:

    Good going in those conditions; judging by how high the snow was on Elaine’s legs and the temperatures. The sky over The Grey Corries and Aonach Mor is awesome, real ice blues.

  25. Karl Bungey says:

    “The weather was a little bit grim today”

    Surely an understatement!

    Or do you mean the snow stopped and it rained a bit?

  26. Tracey says:

    Really enjoying reading the blogs. What is the weather doing up there? Interested to know how you get on with the snow chains. Courage needed to reverse the van! – you can do it Elaine no problem.

    • Elaine says:

      Hi Tracey,
      Great to hear from you. Yes, the weather and conditions have been a bit on the Arctic side – but it has provided us with some spectacular views as you can see. The snow chains have arrived … but unfortunately they are currently up at Cameron’s parents in Fort William: we left a day before they arrived and won’t be back until Christmas! I’m sure that we will need them as the season progresses – or should I say that Cameron will need them when he is reversing – because I don’t imagine that I’ll be giving reversing a go in these conditions!!!
      All the best,
      Elaine

  27. Alasdair Wood says:

    Following your route descriptors on my O.S. Landranger map #50.
    My map spells your Ben Challum as Beinn Challuim – what is the significance in the difference?

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Alasdair. In principle there is little difference. The OS #50 map I’m using is copyright 1986 and shows the spelling as I’ve used on our website. I think that maps sometimes fluctuate between “older” Gaelic spellings of names/places etc. and those spellings that have fallen into more modern usage. Can you tell me the date on your map – probably found as a copyright statement at the top of the map key section? It may be newer than mine – I’m finding a revival in the usage of the more traditional Gaelic spellings in lieu of the more “anglicised” variants. You are seeing this more and more in the duel roadsigns throughout the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands. I hope that this clarifies the difference. Best wishes, Cameron

      • Dave Palmer says:

        I use Google Earth to keep up with where you are, it uses Beinn Challuim, but there’s also a tagged photo using the Ben Challum spelling.

        • Cameron says:

          I’ve recently bought an excellent book called “Scottish Hill Names – Their Origin and Meaning” by Peter Drummond [Published 2007 by Scottish Mountaineering Trust].
          This book uses the spelling Beinn Chaluim – with “Chaluim” denoting the Scots first name Calum (or Malcolm). It appears all a bit confusing until you read the book’s introduction where Drummond notes that in Scotland most of the hill names are in one of four languages other than English: Gaelic, Norse, Scots and Cumbric. The latter is sometimes called Brittonic or Old Welsh.
          Drummond goes on to say: “Gaelic is by far the most important language in hill-words … Some of these Gaelic names were, however, changed or corrupted by the passage of time”.
          My conclusion is that both spellings are “correct” and possibly the only difference being the “direction” with which you survey the hill: for most Lowland Scots a Highland mountain is a ‘ben’, whereas, for a Gaelic speaker – predominantly descending from the North and West Highlands and Islands – the word would be ‘Beinn’.
          Not too sure if this clarifies the situation any!

  28. Paula says:

    Hmmm sounds good to me. I might even give it a try myself. Hope your feeling better anyway. xx

  29. sandie dean and evie gibbard says:

    Hope you are well. Good luck with all your Munros. Good to hear about your progress. What an amazing opportunity to have lots of fun. I expect you will manage some Scottish skiing too.
    Merry christmas and a great Hogmany,
    Love Sandie, Dean and Evie

    • Elaine says:

      Hi Sandie, Dean and Evie,
      Thanks for stopping by the web site.
      Yes, we’re definitely having plenty of fun – and some challenges too. The main challenge at the moment is coping with the freezing temperatures. We’ve had to take some sanctuary at a couple of campsites because all of the ‘vans fresh water pipes have completely frozen. It is nice, though, to be able to have such long hot showers at the sites!
      We hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas and will see you when we are back for a short visit in the New Year. Lots of love to you all,
      Elaine and Cameron

  30. Steph Howarth says:

    Greetings from Santa Monica! Sorry to hear that you are suffering – hopefully by now you will have recovered. We are reaching the end of a fantastic 3 week stay with Alistair in LA. we spent a week on a road trip with him taking in 3 National parks – Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon. We were lucky and had great walking weather with even some overnight snow at Bruce so the place looked magic . We were very pleased with ourselves in managing to do the rim to rim in a day at Grand Canyon – 16 miles with a 4,600 descent and a 4,800 ascent. The guide books advise against trying to fit it all in a day but we were determined – Ali raced up ahead of us as you can imagine so when we got to the top he was waiting with cold beers – magic! Have a great Christmas and keep posting the recipes – going to try this one, love Steph x

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Steph and Bob.
      It is great to hear from you and to find out about your recent adventures in L.A. I must admit that a rim to rim excursion in the Grand Canyon sounds … well, quite “grand”. The distance and ascent figures also make it appear like quite a challenge. Do you think that Alistair would be good enough to pop over to Scotland and race ahead of us to “get the beers in”. Now that would be like true old-style colonial mountaineering – which I think would be brilliant.
      I’m guessing that you might be back in Hexham for Christmas – but no matter where you are: A very Merry Christmas to you both.
      [Aside: Steph and Bob are our ski buddies who we have skied with a couple of times in the Dolomites. We will hopefully do so again in the coming seasons. It was Steph who gave Elaine the recipe for Irish Tea Bread – this recipe can be found under the “Recipes” category.]

  31. Gwen Pincott says:

    Hi Cameron & Elaine
    I have just spent the past couple of hours lost in your amazing adventures!! Sounds like you are having an awesome time. Living on a boat seemed like a confined space until I realised how you are living and travelling. It’s amazing how efficient and tidy you can become. I look forward to continuing your “bagging” along side you and am really enjoying the tour of Scotland. Still intend visiting on our eventual circumnavigation – but now I am even more enthused. Cheers for now. Safe adventuring!!

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Gwen – great to hear from you.
      I’m really glad that you’ve managed to stop by the website and leave us your feedback. It is also really great to find out where you’ve got to on your own nautical adventures around the coast of Australia. I’m guessing that right now you’re facing the opposite extremes in temperature from us!
      I’m looking forward to reading your next blogs about your latest adventures. Are you planning on visiting the family in Melbourne over Christmas?
      Lots of love to all the family,
      Cameron and Elaine.

      [Aside: Gwen is my cousin who emigrated with her brother and parents (my Aunt and Uncle) to Australia (Melbourne) around 38 years ago (give or take). A few years ago Gwen, her husband and young son and daughter set sail (literally) on a long-term sailing odyssey around the coast of Australia. Details of their adventures can be found on their website: http://www.windana.talkspot.com/ “Windana” is the name of their catamaran. Why not pop along and see our “family” lust for travel and adventure extending all the way to the southern hemisphere.]

  32. Karl says:

    They did indeed die in a place they love and respect and they should be remembered for taking the steps in their own personal adventures.

    I suspect that many non-mountaineers (or paddlers, climbers, etc.) will probably not understand the psychology needed to take those calculated risks in pursuit of their dreams, however big or small.

    Edward Whymper said it very well in conclusion to his book ‘Scrambles amongst the Alps’;

    “There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell; and with these in mind I say: Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Karl,

      I remember reading this quote from Whymper when I was doing my research ahead of my climb of the Matterhorn in 2003. [See the Gwent Mountaineering Club newsletter for an account of the trip – especially the Matterhorn Climb recounted by my climbing partner, John.]

      I think that this quote speaks strongly of Whymper’s sentiment following the deaths of four of his companions during his conquering of the Matterhorn on 14 July 1865. On the descent from the summit (and near the top at a place known as the “shoulder” (around 4000m) the seven man team was roped together when a slip occurred and four of them fell to their deaths. Despite them all being roped together it was claimed that a weakness in one of the ropes meant that it snapped under the strain – leaving three of them “safe” on the hill.

      A controversy ensued as to whether the rope had actually been cut, but a formal investigation could find no proof of such an act. Clearly the accident haunted Whymper as in his book Scrambles amongst the Alps (1871), he noted:

      “Every night, do you understand, I see my comrades of the Matterhorn slipping on their backs, their arms outstretched, one after the other, in perfect order at equal distances—Croz the guide, first, then Hadow, then Hudson, and lastly Douglas. Yes, I shall always see them…”

      I remember after I climbed the Matterhorn, my climbing partner John and I visited the cemetery in Zermatt and it was shocking by the number of climbers who had been killed on the Matterhorn – most noticeably during the descent.

  33. Karl says:

    Best wishes to you both and to your families at this (chilly) time of year. We hope to see you both fit and well and out ‘Munro bagging’ before the New Year.

    A wonderful Christmas card. Does sound like Lucy already has a head for business and has been taking lessons from someone! and has some artistic skills to be proud of.

  34. Alasdair, The Dad says:

    We wish you all at Corpach a Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2011.
    The silence after the 21 Dec blog was paramount to suspecting that due to circumstances, the pair of you were retreating to the civilised comforts at 19 Caledonian Road. Comforting to know you are both safe and well. Looking forward to your 2011 visit in January.
    Love, Dad and Agnes x

    • Cameron says:

      Dear Dad and Agnes,

      Merry Christmas to you both.

      We will probably be heading towards the Cairngorms in a few days time. It would, however, be great if we could defrost our water tanks before we depart though! We actually had a couple of 12 volt heating probes fitted to the fresh and grey water tanks when we bought the ‘van to help mitigate against the tanks freezing. However, we have never needed to use them until now – and now they don’t appear to be working. I became suspicious when I was turning them on but was not seeing any additional current being drawn from the ‘van battery. I borrowed a voltmeter from my Dad here in Corpach and we confirmed that there was no voltage drop across the switch. The problem is that to diagnose the fault further it will probably require me to crawl under the ‘van, which is absolutely filthy from the salty roads. Not a prospect that I’m looking forward to!

      Anyway, Elaine and I send our love to you both, and are looking forward to visiting you in mid-January.

      Very best wishes,

      Elaine and Cameron

      • Lucy MacGregor says:

        Hello Cameron & Elaine, its Lucy here……..thank you very much for posting my card on your website. It looks fab !! Santa came to our house and I was very lucky to receive watercolour pencils/special paper aswell as paint brushes and loads more art forms, not to forgot the new iPod Nano (pink). We also got a horse, but we will share that story with you when we see you next, its a jacobs cracker !!

        Merry Christmas & Happy New Year when it comes

        Love Lucy x

  35. Merry Christmas Cameron and Elaine. Your picture postcard white Christmas is quite a contrast to our hot Aussie weather. Wishing you and your families a happy and relaxing festive season and safe travels in 2011. Cheers!

  36. Dave Palmer says:

    Lovely poem. I especially liked the last quatrain, very appropriate, encapsulates what is seen in many of your summit photographs.

  37. Alasdair the Dad says:

    Elaine, do you do the same number of Munros as Cameron ?
    You appear to spend more time making delicious and calorie inducing goodies when ever you’re off the slopes. I suppose you both need the energy.

    What a lovely poem by Gail. Hidden talents there Gail – will there be a sequel or final verse on the 283 homecoming.

  38. Robin Dickson says:

    Wow. Looks fantastic up there. Hope you are both having a great time.

    All the best for a fantastic 2011!

  39. Steph and Rob Howarth says:

    Hi Elaine and Cameron,
    Lovely to read your news and see the pictures of your Scottish Odyssey. We have briefly been in the UK to see family and friends over Christmas and New Year. A busy itinerary but great to catch up and lovely to have a 3 day surprise visit from Ali for Christmas – his 12,000 mile round trip was much appreciated! On Tuesday we head off for 10 days in Corvara – we will be thinking of you as we tackle some of our favourite runs and stop off for hot chocolate. We wish you a fantastic 2011 and look forward to hearing more of your amazing trip. All the best, love Steph and Rob.

    • Elaine says:

      Dear Steph and Bob,
      That is cruel telling us that you’re heading off skiing to the Dolomites … and Corvara no less! I think that it will make a lovely change from Arabba. We are very jealous – despite knowing that you invited us along when we visited you in the summer.
      We’ve been stationed just about 3 miles from the Aviemore (Cairngorm) slopes over the New Year period. The ski resort has been busy despite the conditions being quite icy. However, we decided that we would forego skiing this year, even in Scotland, in order that we could concentrate on the mountaineering.
      Perhaps when you get back we could meet up either in Hexham (when we take the ‘van back to TyneValley to get the heating probes sorted) or up in Edinburgh (or may be both!).
      We hope that you have a fantastic time skiing and look forward to hear all about it on your return.
      Love Elaine (& Cameron)

  40. Alasdair the Dad says:

    To Cameron and Elaine – have a happy, prosperous and safe 2011.
    Cameron, I spoke to your mum earlier on this morning thinking you guys would still be at Corpach but the birds had flown. I should have read the blog first! But then I would not have had a lengthy chat with mum.
    Take care and enjoy your adventurous year ahead. Best regards, Dad & Agnes

  41. Neil Fairbairn says:

    Happy new year to you both. We hope 2011 is as exciting for you as the end of 2010!!
    All the best, Neil & Laura.

  42. Karl says:

    Happy New Year to the three of you (I include the snow girl as well Elaine).
    Some people have too much snow on their hands!

  43. Karl says:

    Oops! At least you know what the problem is and can now set about doing something about it. However, there really is no excuse for not being able to drill a neat hole through a piece of wood…

  44. Karl says:

    Having just sampled some of the shortbread biscuits that Cameron’s mum generously sent south, I can vouch that they are amazing! Much lighter and tastier than any of the shop bought ones. Many thanks for letting us try some.

  45. Roy Starkey says:

    Hi Cameron

    Sorry I could not make the “catch-up” at the Nag’s – we were up in the Lake District enjoying some very cold, but clear sunny weather for the week. We had some minor “excitement” on our first night as our parking space for the cottage we were renting disappeared under about 12″ of water as the River Rathay (N of Ambleside) flooded spectacularly – fortunately we were able to move the car to slightly higher ground, just, but only just out of harm’s way. We had four good days on the fells – Coniston Old Man and Swirl How, Scafell Pike – the long way, from Eskdale; Great Gable from Seathwaite ) brilliant clear sunny day with NO people), and finallly did the round of Easdale starting and ending in Grasmere, which made a very pleasant end to the week with views to everywhere we had climbed during the week. There was remarkably little snow except right on the tops – a bit disappointing after our experience this time last year when it was truly like the Alps. It is great to be able to pick up on your regular instalments. Where are you likely to be in early to mid-March do you think ? I’m hopeful of squeezing in a week in Scotland if the weather looks reasonable.

    Best wishes

    Roy

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Roy,
      It sounds like you had a great week’s mountaineering in the Lakes – despite the near-miss with the flooding! Also, we certainly know what it’s like to climb all day and not see another sole.
      Where are we likely to be in mid-March? Good question. I reckon that we’ll be south of the line between Fort William and the Cairngorms – basically chasing any good weather. We’re keen to explore the region around Killin and then swing either west making our way to Fort William via the many Munros we’ve still to complete on the west coast, or if the weather is more favourable, head up towards Braemar and the Lochnagar area. We’ll probably have a much better idea nearer the beginning of March. We’ll keep you informed.
      Best regards,
      Cameron

  46. Alasdair says:

    Good to hear the pair of you are back on the ‘bagging’ after an erie several days silence. What would we do without broadband – stick with the slow and tiresome ‘narrowband’ !
    One request Cameron that won’t bust the brain – can you publish the O.S. Landranger map number when you specify a 100 000 square ( eg NN ) and eastings and northings within. Thanks.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Alasdair,
      Good idea about including the OS map number – easy to do, and probably rather helpful addition. I haven’t had the time yet to sort out including the digital mapping. Another project for me when I get some bandwidth and spare time.
      Very best,
      Cameron

  47. Alasdair says:

    A superb descriptive way with words. A pleasure to look at and read.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Alasdair,
      Thanks very much for your kind words of review – I’m sure that it isn’t just because you’re my father-in-law;-)
      I must admit that the blogging is great fun but hugely time consuming. Still, it seems really worthwhile when people get some pleasure out of reading the “stories” and seeing pictures.
      Very best wishes,
      Cameron

  48. Alasdair says:

    Wild Camping !! Eat your heart out, Ray Mears.

  49. Malcolm Macleod says:

    Hello to the two of you. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you when you were passing here – things were a bit too busy: lots of my evenings involve musical rehearsals.
    I should have sent you Burns Night greetings! Even down here we managed to celebrate, though mostly not on the night itself. I went to friends in West Malvern. I know Chris Hill hosted a supper on the Friday.
    Glad to see you’re still going strong and finding a few interesting curiosities as you do.
    Very best wishes
    Malcolm

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Malcolm,
      Great to hear from you.
      Yes, we’re still going strong. It can be a bit frustrating as our progress is so dictated by the weather: sometimes we manage to get several routes done over consecutive days, and other times the weather turns poor and we can’t get out on the hills for many days. I guess that the vagaries of the weather conditions will always dictate when it is and isn’t safe for us to venture out.
      For example, we’ve just heard that the poor chap from Worcester who went missing on Ben Nevis last weekend has been found dead (yesterday). He was ill-equiped to be on any mountain in winter and appears to have succumbed to the treacherous conditions. As you can imagine, we’re choosing to “play it safe” by ensuring that the weather is favourable as we set off and that we’re carrying all of the necessary equipment to “get us out of trouble” (although accidents can happen!).
      We’ll be passing through the Midlands again in early April, and it would nice to catch up with you then.
      Please can you pass on our best wishes to Chris Hill.
      Best regards,
      Cameron (& Elaine)

  50. Karl says:

    “Wild camping”?
    I think your definitions of the term (see glossary) are almost the two extremes of the term!
    Perhaps a new term for ‘Cameron & Elaine “Wild Camping” in a motor home’ should now be referred to as “Wild Glamping”… (I’ll leave you to decide whether to put ‘Glamping’ in your glossary).
    I’ve never had rock buns baked during a “Wild Camping” trip…

    • Cameron says:

      Karl,
      It may not be camping in the traditional sense … but in the storms that other night it was certainly “wild” – the wind and snow were horrendous. It was so wild in fact we were forced to have to put the cork back in our bottle of wine for fear of it tipping over as the ‘van shook! Putting a cork back in a half full bottle is unheard of in our ‘van!
      Cheers,
      Cameron

  51. Karl says:

    I’ve seen pictures of these many times in various books but have never been fortunate enough to see one. I suspect few people have -or perhaps many have and not realised what they have seen and how special it is.
    After your story, I am not so sure now that ‘special’ is the right word.
    Hope you see one again soon.

  52. Neil Fairbairn says:

    That’s just your shadow with a rainbow afro wig!

  53. Alasdair says:

    The OS Map Sheet number is extremely helpful. It told me straight away that #34 was one that I did’nt have !
    Summit photos prove the point that you made it to the top but what about some scenic Caly Canal shots please?

  54. Karl says:

    If you do a Google search for Carn Na Caimans, your blog comes up near the top of page 2… Well done. And I think it’s the only write up out there that doesn’t mention the A9 as being an eyesore.
    I’ve been trying to find something about the quarry – but so far nothing! I’ll let you know if I come up with anything.
    The track seems to for the people on the estate to gain access to the hills, but for what reason (other than shooting as you suggested) I have yet to discover.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Karl,
      Thanks for trying to find out some more information about the quarry near Carn na Caim. I’m not sure if you’ve had a chance yet to read the more recent post entitled: “Vein quartz quarrying at 900m“? There are a few details about the quarry and why it turned out not to be viable.
      Cheers,
      Cameron

  55. David says:

    Hi Cameron
    Thanks for your email yesterday about the maps.
    I’ve installed Google Chrome (easy to do) and can view them in fabuloud detail.
    Having the map really adds to the ‘experience’ of almost being able to follow in your footsteps as you both continue your adventure.
    I’ll help Alasdair (the Dad) to get it installed. Just beware though if he gets access to maps you’ll be getting loads more questions/ comments from him!!! Like: why did you choose this route over that etc!! lol
    (Just kidding Alasdair!!)
    All the best to you both

    David

  56. Neil Fairbairn says:

    Karl, with the right conditions at the right time of year you can see them in Snowdonia. We’ve seen them on the Carneddau and on ridges up onto the Glyders. Best chance of seeing one is on a ridge with a bit of low cloud. If it clears above, you might be lucky!

  57. Gillian says:

    Hi Cameron. The mapping works fine on both Firefox 3.6.13 and the iPad. Thanks for adding that – it makes it a lot easier to visualise your route.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Gillian,
      Great to hear from you, and I hope all is well.
      Thanks for your feedback about the maps working using Firefox. I guess that with Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome that’s a big percentage of browsers covered. I’m disappointed that Internet Explorer doesn’t show the maps properly: it just displays a white box. But it will have to wait until I’m next visiting my parents in Fort William for me to get online and have a play with some of the settings.
      In the meantime, very best wishes,
      Cameron

  58. Dave Palmer says:

    The map make is so much easier to “follow” your excellent descriptions of your route and waypoints. I find the combination helps with the mental picture of your journey. Excellent!

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Dave,
      I know what you mean about the maps adding a great deal to the route descriptions. Until I got the maps set up I’d be re-reading my blogs and thinking that it must be almost impossible for someone to “appreciate” the routes simply from the descriptions alone – even if they knew the area well.
      When I get some spare time I’ll update all of the previous route descriptions by adding way-marked maps to each of them.
      Very best regards,
      Cameron
      BTW: Great to be receiving your comments again.

  59. Roy Starkey says:

    Hi Cameron – Sorry to see that the weather has shut in on you somewhat of late. The Cairnwell is a disgrace as a Munro – the summit is awful. I recall a much better day on the other side of the road on Glas Maol, overlooking the Crags of Cannes in brilliant Alpine conditions – altogether much more satisfactory – hope you get a good day when you do that one.

    We’re still hoping to catch up with you in March at some point so will be taking an increasingly keen interest in incoming Atlantic weather systems towards the end of the month !

    Best wishes

    Roy

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Roy, thanks for your note.
      The conditions right now are pretty challenging: we’re struggling in the deep snow. Today, we climbed An Socach and despite an overnight frost the snow remained “damp” and heavy. An Socach is a long tramp across some fairly undulating terrain just to get to its base. Elaine did a cracking job of breaking much of he trail – but in truth neither of us enjoyed the “challenge”.
      The forecast is threatening more dumps of snow over the next few days and we’re racking our brains to know what to do next. We’re staying in Braemar and had big plans to do the Lochnagar Five and the east of Glenshee Six (including the one you mentioned Glas Maol). However, the last couple of days on the hills has shown me that we should simply try to pick off some of the single or double “outliers” rather than attempt to tackle the bigger and longer outings. We can save these for later in the season.
      I reckon that we’ll stay put in Braemar for a few days until the worst of this batch of weather passes through. We will then head southward to the Lawers group, Glen Lochay or Glen Lyon for a few days. We are planning on being back in Fort William around the 26 Feb. for a few days.
      That will bring us to the beginning of March, when we plan to spend the month ticking off the Munros in Glen Etive, Bridge of Orchy, Tyndrum, top of Crianlarich, then back round to Lawers, Lochay and Lyon. If we have time towards the end of March, and the conditions look favourable then we’ll possibly head back to Braemar to complete Lochnagar, east of Glenshee, and the one or two around the Spittal of Glenshee. Does this help with your planning any, in terms of meeting up to complete one or two together?
      Very best wishes,
      Cameron

  60. Laura Fairbairn says:

    Congratulations on number 50!

    • Cameron says:

      Thanks Laura,
      Yes, 50 Munros climbed at last and every one a good challenge. Roll on the next 50, in hopefully more spring-like weather.
      Hope that you and Neil enjoy your trip to the Lakes.
      Best wishes,
      Cameron

  61. Well done on conquering your 50th!! Probably made even more of an achievement considering the difficulty. Cheers

  62. Karl says:

    Congratulations on the first 50 guys. As you said, the worst winter for many years has hampered your efforts severely. Like the new pie chart showing your progress…

    How many posts would you have made and features added to the blog if you had good weather and were out walking 6 days a week?

    Why have you chosen Braeriach as your final summit? Is there some significance to this Munro? Does sound like an excuse for a party though…

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Karl, thanks for your words of support and congratulations. There are several reasons that we chose Braeriach as our final Munro. These include:

      • Braeriach it is a great (and worthy) Munro to finish on due to its size and quality of climb to reach its summit – notwithstanding the crossing of the Lairig Ghru first;
      • Neither of us have climbed it before – so it will truly represent the last Munro of our round;
      • It is easily accessible from Aviemore (although not an easy climb), and Aviemore is a great place to visit with plenty of accommodation if others are able to join us for our final ascent – or even join us near the “finish-line” if the climb to the summit is a bit too much of a stretch.

      All the best,
      Cameron

  63. David Comins says:

    Well done on reaching number 50, An Socach. We only recently ‘did’ this Munro but in summer. We walked up the track from the A93 near Baddoch, hoping to avoid as much of the ski resort as possible. From near the top of the track our routes merge. I remember we had good views and came to the conclusion that the ‘normal route’, as taken by you, looked arduous even in summer so goodness knows what it was like last week. Well done!

    If we ever climb this hill again it could be we cycle up to Altanour Lodge. This looked distinctly possible from the top.

    All the best for the next 50 and beyond ( a bit Buzz Lightyear-ish!). Have you any outline plans of which hills you will do each month?

    I hope Laura and Neil will drag me up some Lake District hills next week after the wedding.

    Annie and Dave

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Dave and Anne – great to hear from you. I like the idea of using mountain bikes on the route that you mentioned, travelling up the land-rover track alongside the Baddoch Burn. I noticed that the last km or so looked a little steep, but it would carry you to within a km or two of the summit. Very nice. Not one to try, however, in snowy conditions! I hope that you get some good climbs done in the Lakes, but more importantly you do a cracking job of being the perfect “father of the bride” to Amy before hand.
      All the very best,
      Cameron and Elaine

  64. David says:

    Hi Cameron & Elaine, not just the big 5-0, but the big 4-3 for Cameron to celebrate! Great to see the progress you are making, especially with the poor weather conditions you have had to contend with. Happy birthday & keep safe, all our love, Barbara & David xx.

    • Cameron says:

      Great to hear from you both, and thanks for your birthday wishes. There was no rest for those on a Munro bashing mission as we climbed Schiehallion on my birthday and managed another 4 Munros today. The four today were very tough due to the deep snow and white-out conditions is places. We’re currently camped quite near Killin and so will probably take a rest day tomorrow and have a look round the village. Love to you both, and we are really looking forward to visiting you in John O’Groats in the Spring. Cameron (and Elaine)

  65. Robin Dickson says:

    Outstanding effort. It is good to see the pace starting to increase now the weather has improved.
    What you have achieved so far has been amazing. Best of luck for the rest of it!

  66. Robin Dickson says:

    Truly a small world it is. The last time Lara and I were up in the highlands, we also ran into an old friend, twice in the same day, in two locations 50 miles apart.
    Weird.

  67. Alasdair the dad says:

    Hi Elaine and Cameron,
    I’m back on-line again thanks to the brilliance of David and his perseverance. It was an uphill struggle but not as bad as the above Munroes.
    The OS map numbers are a great time saver but the blog maps are an even better asset. David installed Google Chrome and Ureka the snails trails were there to follow.
    Will email you with my tales of woe.

  68. Cameron says:

    Hi Alasdair,
    Great to have you back on-line with us. David mentioned that you were having a few PC problems. Anyway, we’ve climbed another four Munros over the last two days (todays can only be described as magical) but I’m struggling to get the time to write them up. Will do so very soon. Hopefully out again tomorrow to tackle another three.
    Best wishes,
    Cameron

  69. Alasdair the Dad says:

    What a difference sunshine and blue skies make to your enjoyment and photos. How come it has taken so long to shine on the righteous?
    Some cracking pics but where is ‘Thomas’?

    • Cameron says:

      When the weather is bright and sunny, and the views are uninterrupted, it certainly makes for very pleasant walking – it would be nice to think that we might have turned a corner and that spring is on the way. One sign of the change in seasons is that we saw our first lamb this morning 🙂

  70. Seonaid says:

    Glad to see you are having fun. The photos are great but I’m sure they don’t do the landscape justice. Reading this makes me want to go home, especially when you’re around Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne.

    • Elaine says:

      Hi Seonaid, Great to hear from you. I can certainly appreciate that the photos make you think of “home”. We’re currently camping near Arrochar at the head of Loch Long and we spotted a few road signs that point motorists westwards towards the Kintyre peninsular. We’re having a wonderful time – today we climbed Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain in glorious alpine weather – it was pure magic. Hope all is well with you in the Midlands, Elaine x

  71. Karl says:

    Congratulations! By my reckoning you have now completed a quarter of the Munro’s.

    Maybe those three ales could come in handy for a mini-celebration…

    • Cameron says:

      Thanks Karl. We climbed another two Munros today … that’s 72 done and so definitely takes us over the quarter mark. It was extremely tiring, but made up for as the weather was absolutely beautiful with the hills looking truly alpine. I’ve just opened a bottle of the Fyne Ales: it’s called the “Vital Spark” after a fictional Clyde puffer, created by Scottish writer Neil Munro. The beer is certainly a “Fyne/fine” ale. Cheers!

  72. Alasdair the dad says:

    Hi Elaine & Cameron,
    Congratulations on > quarter way to your target. Thought the weather would be backing off a bit to make the going easier and more enjoyable. This is Scotland and you’ve got to fight it all the way.
    Here we go again – another request. Can you add the day/date to the opening headings of the climb of the day? Sorry, I get confused with the munroe pie-chart count and weather conditions on the blog which may be a couple of days behind actual climb day. I think it’s an age thing. Dad

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Alasdair,
      I can appreciate the confusion regarding dates etc. Hopefully the following will help.
      1. The pie-chart gives the up to date number of Munros climbed. After each Munro bagging outing I make sure that the pie-chart Munro count gets updated correctly – it only requires basic mobile phone access to allow me to do this.
      2. It generally takes me a day or so to write the account of a trip, create the maps and decide on any appropriate photographs. Once I’ve done this I still need to find somewhere that I can get decent broadband wifi access to upload this content to the site. That’s why blogs are often a few days “late”. However, and to address your request to include dates in the blog titles, I always set the blog posting date to be the day of the climb or activity and not when I actually post the story. So, to recap, the blog posting date IS the date when the walk or activity took place.
      I hope that this explanation helps?
      Best regards, Cameron

  73. Alasdair the dad says:

    Hi Camerom,
    I’ve got it in the head now. Everything is now as clear as translucent mud!

    Best regards,
    Aasdair

  74. Roy Starkey says:

    Glad to hear you are still having fun folks, and have not run out of steam just yet ! I’ve just emailed you a “Guest Blog” on the Cairngorms – it has got 4MB of pics attached so download it when you’ve got decent internet access !

    Best wishes

    Roy

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Roy,
      Thanks for another cracking Guest Blog. I have managed to download all of your photographs that you have sent me and chosen ten brilliant ones to accompany your text. The blog has now been uploaded to the website.
      The conditions in the Cairngorms last week looked awesome – I especially like the idea of trying ski-touring around there sometime. May be next year, and may be you’d like to give it a go too!
      Once again many thanks and we look forward to sharing another mountain day or two with you and Mary sometime soon.
      Very best wishes,
      Cameron
      PS – I’ll email you some higher-res photos from our outing together near Bridge of Orchy on 11 March.

  75. Roy Starkey says:

    Thanks Cameron – Awesome is the correct term I think – it was truly exceptional and we were very glad to be there on “the” day. We’ll keep in touch and try to catch up with you again at some point. Best wishes

    Roy

  76. Robin Dickson says:

    83 done, only 200 to go! Well done guys, a real milestone in your odyssey.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Robin,
      Thanks for your words of congratulations. We’ve been pretty focused over the last month and are now sitting at 89. We’ll be glad of a few days off next week when we are back down to the Midlands.
      Cheers,
      Cameron

  77. Robin Dickson says:

    Also, it must be really great to actually get to feel the passing of the seasons like that. While we get to sit in an office and watch the world change, you are out in it. Outstanding.

  78. David says:

    Hi Cameron & Elaine, great to see that you can really push on now the weather is a bit better for taking on the mountain tops! I was asking Ivor if a date for the Hoy trip had been arranged yet & it is likely to be Sunday, 15th of May. If that fits with your plans, you would be very welcome to travel over, I’ll be working on the ferry that day, but we get the time off in Lyness so Barbara & I can show you round. Then you could take your bikes over the following day to Orkney on our normal run for a trip round the mainland. Regards, David & Barbara xx

  79. Neil Fairbairn says:

    It that going on the bonnet of the van?!

  80. Olivier Colin says:

    Hello Cameron and Elaine,
    I am Olivier, the french guy you met on your 83rd Monro!
    Your pictures are fantastic and your progress is amazing!
    Congratulations and keep going on in your endeavour!
    Cheers
    Olivier

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Olivier, great to have met you on Meall nan Tarmachan and thanks for stopping by our website. Since we met we’ve now completed 1/3rd of our Munros challenge. We’re now really looking forward to the next stage of our adventure.
      Very best wishes,
      Cameron and Elaine

  81. Karl says:

    Time was always going to be a pressure because of the weather this winter, but do you think that you will have to make too many more compromises in your route choices (such as taking a poorer route up these two rather than the more exciting route up Sron na Creise)?
    It sounds like you have missed an opportunity and are a little disappointed by your ‘choice’ on this occasion.
    Or do you think that you might have time to go back and cover any again by better routes?
    Keep up the good work (with the walking & blog). I’ve been put forward for MIA training as soon as possible (Gulp!), so I’ll be looking for the ‘best’ of the Munro’s to do should we be able to make a trip over the wall to join you at some point…
    And that could be another blog post: The Top Ten Munro Routes.

    • Cameron says:

      Karl,
      It is always a bit frustrating when we can’t climb perhaps the more exciting route up, but in some circumstances the conditions have dictated which routes have been the more prudent (and safe) to tackle. In this particular case it was the combination of the extremely misty and wet weather with heavy snow underfoot that meant that a grade 3 scramble up via Sron na Criese was a bit less appealing. In dry summer conditions the route choice would have been very different. Hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future we’ll tackle these Munros again in better weather – in the meantime it’s onwards and upwards once again!
      Cheers,
      Cameron

  82. Rene Cleaver says:

    Hi Cameron and Elaine,

    I play golf with Lorna Sullivan at Cotswold Hills GC and after I told her we were off hut to hut skiing in Norway, she mentioned you and said she thought we would be interested in your web site. Just had a look. Very interesting, but I haven’t scratched the surface yet! My husband, Nigel and I do loads in the outdoors and we also have a camper van (another reason Lorna thought we would be interested).

    We are not going to embark on anything as extensive as you, but our current “project” is to climb above 7,000m. Having taken a long break from proper mountaineering, we started back in the Cairngorms in Feb, going to the Alps this summer and Nepal (Mera and Island) this autumn. Next year’s olympics get in the way of one possible big climb, so might consider doing one next autumn or wait till year after.

    Anyway, before I ramble on any more, just thought I would say “hello” and wish you luck with your adventure. I’m sure it would be fun to get together, so one of these days when we are all grounded, you guys and Lorna (plus her mate, Peter (?)) will have to come over and have a bite and a chin wag.

    If you fancy replying feel free to use rene@clubmasters.co.uk

    Cheers, Rene

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Rene,
      It was great of you to stop by our web site – many thanks. I’ve dropped you a quick email to the address that you provided.
      Very best wishes,
      Cameron

  83. Roy Starkey says:

    Hi Folks – Congratulations on your “Century” – glad to see that the winter weather is giving way to Spring sunshine and that the “glaciers” are receding!
    We’re heading for Skye over Easter and will be passing through Glencoe on Wednesday – staying in Glencoe Village overnight. Where will you be that evening ? We’ll almost certainly eat at the Clachaig Inn.
    Best wishes

    Roy & Mary

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Roy,
      We’re planning on climbing Aonach Eagach Ridge tomorrow (Wednesday) and will stay in the Glen Coe area another night so that we can meet up with you and Mary at the Clachaig Hotel for some dinner. I’m guessing you guys will be tired after a long drive from the Midlands, and we’ll be knackered after hopefully another successful day on the hills.
      We’ll see at 18.45 in the lounge bar tomorrow – and look forward to catching up again.
      Regards,
      Cameron

  84. Mags says:

    Hi !
    We really enjoyed meeting you both on Sunday and spoke at length ( with envy) about your challenge and the life changing decisions you had both made. Well done and good luck.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Mags,

      Likewise, it was really great meeting you and Iain at the summit of Beinn nan Aighenan a few days ago: and well done on remembering the web address for our site.

      We had a lovely day completing the “Ben Starav Three”: although with almost 2000m of ascent it certainly made it feel like quite a demanding outing.

      Since we met you guys we’ve had a brilliant traverse of the Aonach Eagach Ridge (including the Pap) in superb bright sunny weather. The only problem for me now is that because we’re making some rapid progress I’m following behind on publishing my blog accounts. Finding broadband wifi is also limiting uploads, especially of our photos.

      However, I do hope the you manage to stop by the site again from time to time – and may be even join up with us on one of our future outings.

      Very best regards,

      Cameron

  85. Karl says:

    Congratulations to you both on passing the half way mark. There’s been many tough days so far and this seems like one of the ‘worst’ despite the shortish climb.
    Take a rest and then this day won’t seem quite so bad.

    • Cameron says:

      Thanks Karl,

      We’re both really delighted to have reached and now exceeded the halfway mark. In just under 4.5 weeks we’ve managed to climb 54 Munros. These latest ones in the Cairngorms have generally proved to be long days out – but as they say “character building”. Now in Aviemore where we have two left to complete the Cairngorm round for now – excluding Braeriach of course, which we’re saving as our last Munro sometime in the early autumn.

      Regards,

      Cameron

  86. Hamish Sayer says:

    Good Luck to you both on your mission to cover all the munro’s.
    It was nice to meet you and share a ‘dram’ at Braemar Information (‘Snug Bar’) Room
    last night. Great website – will keep checking/watching your progress on your challenge.

    Hamish Sayer (Fat ugly one) that’s me!

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Hamish,

      It was a real pleasure meeting you and the rest of your companions on Saturday evening. I thought that your idea for a “dads and your lads” weekend camping trip was great – pity that your lads were all at University and in the middle of their exams. When I get back to Fort William in a week or so time I’ll be taking my dad for a wee road trip in our ‘van – probably staying a couple of nights at Arisaig near Mallaig. May even manage a trip out to Knoydart on Bruce Watt’s postal ferry.

      Very best regards,

      Cameron and Elaine

  87. Roy Starkey says:

    Hi Both – Congratulations! You do need the occasional “epic” to make it all memorable – so sounds like this one qualifies as that! We have had similar experiences which have resulted in “disappointment” – one notable instance which springs to mind is when Mary knocked the billie (containing the evening meal) off the stove when trekking in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Pakistan – there was a long …..silence before anyone spoke!

    We had a terrific Easter week on Skye – wall to wall sunshine for seven days. On our way back south we stopped at Oban and did Ben Cruachan in near perfect conditions, blue skies, sunshine, and views to probably 50-70miles distance (somewhat more favourable than when you were up there in March). Let me know if you would like a few sunny pics of the walk….

    Bye for now

    Best wishes and good luck with the “last few”.

    Roy

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Roy and Mary,

      It was great catching up with you both at the Clachaig a few weeks ago – talk about good timing. Since then it appears that the four of us have been very busy. I’m really glad that your week on Skye went so well, and particularly that the weather was so good. There can be no better place on earth than Skye when the weather is favourable. We are really looking forward to our visit there in about a months time. Was your trip mainly mineralogy based or did you manage up into the high Cuillins? We’re heading to Aviemore today in order to complete our circuit of the Cairngorms and then a wee break is called for.

      It would be great to receive another one (or more) guest blog for the site if you have time.

      Very best to you both and hope to got out climbing again with you before the end of our trip.

      Cameron and Elaine

      BTW your incident with the spoiled billie-can of food somehow makes me feel a bit better about my faux pa!

  88. Iain Macleod says:

    Nice to meet you the other night at Braemar campsite – I was one of the gatecrashers that disturbed your blog update in the (initially) peacefull information room.

    Hope the dram we shared fuels your future exploits and all the best to you both for your continuing adventure.

    Slange var

    Iain.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Iain,

      Great meeting you on Saturday evening, and I certainly appreciated your hospitality: the Balvenie (whisky) was simply lovely. If we bump into each other again then I’ll return the complement with a little west coast or island dram.

      Cheers!

      Cameron

  89. Laura Fairbairn says:

    Noooo – why did you introduce my Dad to Rocky Road!!!! Mum will never hear the end of it. Glad that you managed to meet up with them and enjoyed a good day on the hill. I spoke to them the other day – they retreated back to Glasgow earlier than planned due to the weather. Hope the ‘van has coped in those strong winds (hopefully you made it back to Fort William before the carnage started).

  90. Robin D says:

    It has been a while since I have managed to catch up with you guys, but still – how awesome is this year turning out to be?

    Great to see you making such progress.

    We are thinking of you (still with a tinge of jealousy! 🙂 )

  91. PaulD says:

    Lovely photos, my kind of place, windswept and not a tourist in sight. I bet that beats sitting in an open plan office

    Paul

  92. Hey, was lovely meeting you in Ellis Brigham in Fort William. I will be keeping an eye on progress and hopefully you will be into the shop again soon. What an amazing personal challenge for you both, very inspiring!!! Be careful out there, regards, Miranda

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Miranda,
      We’re making steady progress and are now stationed on Skye. The weather remains variable – probably similar to what you’re getting in Fort William. Hope to climb our 200th today – Blaven.
      We’ll pop in to the shop when are next in FW.
      All the best
      Cameron

  93. Gillian says:

    Those brochs look absolutely fascinating! And in remarkably good condition given their age.

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Gillian,
      The Brochs here are indeed amazing and I knew that you’d be interested in seeing the photos. We’re now on Skye and almost everywhere we look on the OS maps the remains of Brochs are identified. I’m sure that we’ll visit a few more before we leave the island.
      Best regards,
      Cameron

  94. chris sumner says:

    Hi Guys, congrats on the century, i’m thinking of coming up to Loch Etive to not only wild camp but to bag my first munro 🙂 i thought it would be a nice couple of days away for myself and my Fiance before we get married in two weeks

  95. Robin Dickson says:

    Well done guys!

  96. paulD says:

    Lovely Photo, perfect location

  97. Donald Cameron says:

    Hi Cammy and Elaine,

    I hope you are both well and enjoying your skive off in scotland climbing some wee hills. Just found your website and enjoying reading your journals and photographs. Some stunning scenery! Hope you can pop in to see us in Bearsden on your journeys and we can introduce you to Grace (3 1/2) and our new wee addition Isla (4 weeks). Elizabeth sends her love to you both and we both think your adventure is a great idea especially since you are not getting any younger! 😉

    Keep in touch and onwards and upwards!
    Cheers
    Donald

    • Cameron says:

      Hi Donald (& Elizabeth … and family),
      Great to hear from you and brilliant news about the latest addition to the clan Cameron family. It has been so long since we last managed to get together – your wedding at Ross Priory if I’m not mistaken. What a disgrace as that was years ago. May be we’ll be able to remedy that soon with a trip to Bearsden perhaps. Do you still keep in touch with Phil and Claudette?
      Once again, great to hear from you.
      Yours,
      Cameron

  98. Ian Nicholl says:

    Great progress, well done. Did you receive my reply to your mail?

  99. Hey guys . . .you have made amzing progress since visiting Cafe Beag in Glen Nevis. Only 66 to go . .wow! Weather-wise it’s been great the last few days, so no doubt you will be cramming them in. Looking forward to seeing your up-dates. Take care, Miranda

  100. Carole and Ian Speirs says:

    Have just been catching up with your progress via the website. We are heading to the UK at the end of November- can’t believe how quickly this year has flown. Don’t think we’ll be following you up any Munros but will be doing as much travelling as weather( snow, blizzards and black ice) permit.
    Tai and Darren have planned their wedding for next May, at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Very small do, 40 guests only, with the ceremony taking place on the water’s edge on a helipad. We are really looking forward to seeing all their plans coming to fruition- Tai assures us it will be a 3 day ‘event’.
    You have done an amazing job to have done so much in your gap year.
    Lots of love, looking forward to seeing you and the family in 4 months.
    Carole and Ian xx

  101. GAIL says:

    Hi Guys,
    Just your sis here…….caught up on your epic adventure!!!!! Re blog.
    C u both on the 1st……at the bottom obviously!!!! I am your ‘older’ sister remember. I’ll have the champers on ice for you!!!!
    Lotsa Luv…..GAIL XX

  102. Sally B says:

    My brother-in -law has told me that Beinn a’Chlaidheimh in Fisherfield Forest, near Ullapool, currently on the Monro list, misses the cut-off by just 44 centimetres — and looks like being reclassified as a Corbett. Not that you will worry. Love the midge protection!

    • Hi Sally,

      Yes, we have been aware of the debate over one of the Fisherfield six falling just short of the magic 3000ft mark. The Scottish Mountaineering Club is the official custodian of the Munro list and it is considering the implications of the updated measurements. It seems that it [the SMC] is waiting on the new height being ratified by OS mapping before it makes any changes to the list. We haven’t yet done the one in question, but will do so soon – irrespective of whether it stays on the list or not. We started out with the aim of climbing 283 Munros and hopefully that is how many we’ll do.

      We’ve have just finished a great week by managing to climb 15 Munros in six days – and some of the days have been quite long. The only problem with such progress is that I’m always left playing catch-up on the blog!

      Elaine passes on her best wishes to you and Geoff and we both hope to see you next time we’re back in Malvern.

      Very best wishes,

      Cameron & Elaine

  103. Greta Fraser says:

    Just read your update and ‘one of the intrepid ladies’ feels obliged to comment! We were equally entertained by our exchanges and impressed by your spirit of adventure as well as your sanguine approach to the many challenges. I hope the Fisherfield and Knoydart hills embrace you with the same warmth I experience there. Shame on you, as skiers to be such latecomers to Cairngorms which has been my ski playground for decades despite numerous trips to France, Switzerland, Dolomites etc. I hope the remainder of your adventure goes to plan and that you have a wonderful day on Braeriach (you may wish you had your skis there on the 1st!)

  104. Donald Cameron says:

    Hi Cammy and Elaine,

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog over the last few weeks. I think I’ve read the entire site whilst travelling on business! I truly wished I had picked up your adventure earlier on as I would have definitely joined you on my local munros in the trossachs – although you are probably counting your blessings!
    I hope you both enjoy the last few weeks of climbing and well done on choosing such a deserving charity appeal. Michael Palin and Arthur Dent just can’t compare to what you guys have done!! Hope the appeal is successful. Take care and have fun. The Camerons xx

  105. Alasdair the Dad says:

    Agnes and myself plan to arrive Dalraddy Caravan Park on Thurs 29th Sept. Will make contact with you Frid sometime.
    Whatever happens, I’ll see you 08.30 at the car park just before I return to the chalet for a full Scottish breakfast, a nice cup of tea and a quiet read of the Herald.

    Alasdair the Dad

  106. Robin Dickson says:

    Looking forward to it! See you there.

  107. Paula says:

    Good luck with the final munro. I think I’ve got a good excuse not to be able to join on this final leg, I’m not sure the bump would appreciate it, but I will be thinking of you and willing you on all the way. Take Care Both. Can’t wait to catch up with you when you are back. xx

    • Hi Paula,

      Given you are currently eating for two, surely a wee walk with the bump would be no problem … only joking of course. We’re both looking forward to catching up with you when we return to the Midlands in mid-October.

      Take care,

      Cameron

  108. David says:

    Lynda, Ross and I are looking forward to catching up with you next week and hearing more tales of your year of ‘ups and downs’ !! 🙂

    Fantastic achievement – well done both of you

    David, Lynda & Ross

  109. Chris Robinson says:

    Hi Guys,

    Just a note to wish you both the best of luck for the final munro and I’m looking forward to catching up on your return.
    Congratulations on “living the dream”! (not mine though 🙂 )

    Chris

  110. Richard & Rhona Hoskins says:

    Hope you enjoy your last munro as much as your first. What a great achievement! Enjoy your celebrations and look forward to hopefully meeting up when you get home.

  111. Richard & Rhona Hoskins says:

    Hi both.
    Hope you have had a wonderful time on your munro bagging quest. I’ve been following your site throughout your trip when time allowed – we have been on our own travels having taken a 6 month sabbatical from work. We spent 6 weeks in Scotland and bagged our first (and last!) munro – Ben More, on a glorious sunny day. Apparently two days before a climber had completed this as his last munro and was celebrating with the bagpipes. I think this would have been wonderful to see and perhaps shed a small tear, what an achievement.

    I am sorry I didn’t notice sooner that 1st October was your last climb as I think we would have liked to come up and see you (we could have waited at the bottom with Alaisdair and Agnes). I really hope we can perhaps meet up when you get back home and hear more about your travels.

    What a lovely idea to raise money for charity as well, will get on the site and make a donation.

    Love to you both and well done.
    R & R
    x

    • Hi both,

      Well, that’s the adventure over – accompanied by a few friends, and with family waiting for us at the bottom, we summited our 283rd and final Munro on Saturday in cloudy and wet conditions. Despite the inclement weather we had a brilliant time. We now have lots of blog writing to catch up with.

      Elaine will email you separately so that we can hopefully arrange to catch up when we get back down to the Midlands and share stories of our adventures.

      Take care until then.

      Yours,

      Cameron

  112. Robin Dickson says:

    Wow! What a close to the story. I am sorry not to have made it to the top with you both, but nonetheless feel privileged to have been there at all.

    Time to start planning the next adventure?

  113. Carole and Ian Speirs says:

    Congratulations, a fabulous achievement. Looking forward to catching up after we get over in 6 weeks! Carole and Ian xx

  114. Gwen Pincott says:

    Congratulations Cameron and Elaine – what a brilliant achievement!!!
    We have just returned to Australia from our South Pacific adventure to find your adventure has concluded too. It leaves me wondering what’s next for you two……
    Cheers, Gwen

  115. SallyB says:

    I read the first couple of lines, and knew it must be another from Richard. Great stuff.

  116. Kate Durkacz says:

    Hi Cameron!

    Hope you still remember me – I worked in SPD at Strathclyde with you in the 90s. Ian and I have just compleated too – we are numbers 4934 and 4935! congratulations to you and Elaine. Kate Durkacz (Woodham)

    • Hi Kate,

      Of course I remember you from our PhD days. It is great to hear from you. It seems almost unbelievable that we have compleated our individual Munro bagging odysseys so close together. What next for you guys I wonder … ?

      I’ll drop you a longer email later soon.

      All the very best regards – and thanks for getting in touch.

      Cameron & Elaine

      • Kate Durkacz says:

        hi Cameron!

        I am pleased that you remember me…

        We have been living in Edinburgh since August 2007, so it has been much easier for us to tick Munros than it has for you! I am working at Napier University now and Ian works at Edinburgh University.

        Kate

  117. Hi Cammy and Elaine,

    I hope my ‘comment’ finds you well and in good spirits.
    I remember reading an ealier comment that you were still considering your careers post munro’ing. Could you email as I may have some opportunities in the birmingham area for both of you.

    Look forward to hearing from you
    Cheers
    Donald

  118. Philip Nevin says:

    I and eight other members of Saltley Hillwalking Club (Birmingham), have had five days in Glen Affric staying at Strawberry Cottage.
    We enjoyed our stay amongst beautiful mountain scenery of Glen Affric.
    Highlight of the week, was the ascent of An Socach 921 metres from Alltbeithe Youth Hostel and crossing ridge.
    Decending from Bealach Coire Ghaideil along path heading southwards to River Affric towards bridge.
    The footpath was very boggy, made worst by Estate stalkers using quad bikes!!!
    Glen Affric is a great location.

    Regards

    Philip Nevin.

    Email: philipnevinclimber@yahoo.co.uk

    • Hi Philip,

      Sorry it has taken me a while to respond to your comment. Elaine and I are now based out in Dubai following our Munro Bashing odyssey. We are now looking forward to exploring some of the UAE and Oman’s beautiful mountains. Thank you for stopping by the site and letting us know about your recent Glen Affric trip. It truly is a spectacular part of the Highlands.

      All the best,

      Cameron

  119. CHRISTOPHER JOHN BEAN says:

    My wife and I drove from loch ness to Applecross as part of a weeks touring of the Western Isles in june 2012. Beautiful weather and gorgeous scenery the whole week. We stopped at the viewing area on top of Bealach Na Ba for an hour or so and couldn’t believe it, absolutely fantastic. I would recommend this run to anyone.

  120. D Whalley says:

    Thanks for that I have been wondering about this for years!

  121. Dave Shand says:

    Hi Folks
    I would like to use your ptarmigan photograph on an email we are sending to our customers. This goes to around 1500 customers around the world promoting our outdoor clothing
    I would refer to your blog and copyright.
    Look forward to your reply
    Best Regards
    Dave Shand

    • Hi Dave,
      We are happy for you to use our photo of the female Ptarmigan for your flyer as per your email enquiry below. We are happy for you to acknowledge Copyright and a link to our blog – the latter might appeal to you target audience – especially all the shots of Elaine and me in Paramo gear. (Also a bit of Cioch Direct in there too).
      In return, we would be grateful to receive a copy of your flyer when you’ve produced it.
      Might interest you to know that SMC used one of our photos for their 2012 SMC Journal – the section on Munro Completers.
      Please let me know if you require it in a bit higher resolution and I’ll send you it separately.
      All the best,
      Cameron

  122. Brian Jones says:

    V good views of the Cuillins and Dun Caan but a shame the weather wasn’t better and clearer. Have you happened to have been at Applecross on better days since (and enjoyed the Dublin Bay Prawns) and re-taken those shots?