Our Vetter’s comment started well:
Thanks for your route sheet. I think it is very noble of you to risk your glorious Tenth triumph by dragging along a couple of eejits and stumblebums.”
and went down hill from there:
“I have heard rumours that they are already planning a series of celebrations of Scotland’s twin addictions, cheap rotgut alcohol and cholesterol-heavy animal fats. I must warn you about these young scamps; their propensity for mischief will outweigh their usefulness as load bearing mules. I’m sure you will all make it to the east coast, but the stick is always better than the carrot.”
However, he very kindly continues, and imparts some excellent advice: A selection is shown below:
- The two objective dangers on this first day are the Pierhouse, fabulous lunchtime seafood and Guinness, and the Creagan, cocktail hour.
- Your proposed halt point is actually west of Elleric, so your first day is already looking to end in shambolic confusion.
- The climb up from Kinlochleven to the Loch Eilde Mor track is character building, but when you reach the top you will recognise the scene from a number of movies, including Rob Roy, so act nonchalant if a red-haired claymore wielding Highlander charges towards you.
- The summit ridge of Beinn a’ Chaorainn has a big dog-leg and any late lying snow could be corniced. A number of my friends have ended up down in Coire na h-Uamha. One found his collie dog arriving soon afterwards and landing on his head.
So, there we are then. All the comments have been taken on board and the route sheet tweaked accordingly. As the compiler of the route, Phil has undertaken to supply drinks all night for every Challenger we meet and also supply the woman of their dreams. Following his trip to “Transformations” back in 2011, Andy has volunteered for that role and tells me he’s nipped out and bought a new wig and lippy.
Our route looks like this: [CLICK TO ENLARGE]
Five months today to “the off.” It comes round so quickly!