So, yesterday plans made over 5 years ago finally came to fruition with the ‘Loch Goil Watershed’ getting it’s (first known) completion.
At ~40 miles with ~16,000 ft (5000m) ascent, 23 tops over largely pathless rough terrain, this was never going to be an easy undertaking.
But it does look good on a map.
A cool hazy morning made for near perfect running conditions, and the 1st 6 hills were ticked off in quick succession. Then came the long drag up Ben Donich, but a third of the route done, I was feeling good.
A quick run down to Rest and be Thankful, then the (1st) crux of the day. The ascent of Beinn an Lochain (the biggest single clinb at ~600m). A bit of a plod with the sun coming out, starting to get harder now.
Down and up the next couple of hills and I hit the halfway mark on Stob an Eas. Drop down to Hell’s Glen. I feel like I’m in an oven. So dry. Luckily I’ve arranged to meet a friend for the next 5 hills. I top up the water and re-apply suncream.
A slow and steady plod sees summits ticked off until we drop down to Curra Lochain and part ways.
Head down and just keep moving up the slopes of Beinn Bheula.
A slow trot is all I can manage now across the long undulating ridge to Creachan Mor bagging 5 minor tops along the way. The Sun’s (finally) hidden by cloud now, the wind’s picked up and it’s started to get a bit chilly! Headtorch on for the final descent to Carrick Castle and my 15+ hour day is hobbling to a close….
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