Sunday, 27 July 2008

17 Munros from Braemar

Last Week
Running: 14 miles, 1853 ft, 02:15:03

Walking: 73 miles, 16963 ft, 26:09:25
Cycling: 20 miles, 2000 ft, 03:00:00
Total: 107 miles, 20736 ft, 31:27:28

Cycling figures are estimates as they were part of the 'walk in & out' on two days. Apart from last Sunday which cold, wet and pretty miserable (typical Scottish summer, in our experience) the rest of the week was wall-to-wall hot sunshine. Some days we did only 1 Munro (Mount Keen) but on two other consecutive 8 hour days we managed a total of 11 (Lochnagar and the other 4 around Glen Muick and the 6 on the east side of Glen Shee. Away from the Ski Centre the area around Glen Shee is quiet and remote although the mountain hares keep you company, under very watchful eyes. The first few were a bit of a novelty and their number just kept increasing from groups of 3 or 4 then, perhaps, a dozen and finally we saw a groups that must have numbered 50 before it 'exploded' with hares running in all directions. Around Lochnagar we came across several herds of deer but came closest to them walking out along the lochside when 5 stags were within about 25 yards of the busy path, quietly eating and ignoring everything else including us. Altogether a fantastic week and we both needed the 'rest day' on Friday when we travelled back for "Coope's
Dozen". If only all training could be like this.

Loch Muick with Broad Cairn in the background


Next Week
"Coope's Dozen" on Saturday and then a fairly quiet week before Borrowdale.

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