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Friday, June 27, 2014

Challenge 2014

There are quite a few excellent trail diaries on this year's challenge, not least those of my walking mates Alan Sloman and Andrew Walker. That's them in the picture below, heading east from Glas-leathad Feshie. I have to say, they are both pretty accomplished wordsmiths, so for truly entertaining (if not entirely accurate) reportage, their's are the better places to go.

Alan and Andy walking the hills above the Feshie

However ... if you've ever struggled with a really tough day, and thought you were the only one thinking of ending it all ... if you've craved company after maddening days alone in the wilderness ... suffered from a bootful of blisters ... love Scotland's wild places ... then ...

Wot I have wrote is HERE 

It was another fab walk. Hope you enjoy it too. If you want to comment then pop back here!

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5 Comments:

Blogger John J said...

An excellent and entertaining report - yet one that left me with a heavy heart.
The preservation of Scotland's wilderness isn't just under threat anymore, it's destruction is now underway and is assured.
JJ

June 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM  
OpenID aroundthehills said...

I enjoyed that, Phil. You captured the full range of Challenge experiences and emotions - exhaustion, joy, cameraderie, shadenfreude!
It's a shame someone tried to stir up trouble after the C&W. I hoped the comment had been some sort of joke but you'd think s/he would have apologised if so.
Enjoy Al's 20th. I shall make a special effort to be at the C&W.

June 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hi JJ,

Sorry to leave you with a heavy heart, but as you say, that's the way it is. However, facts are stubborn things - they just won't go away - and the economic facts will in the end put a stop to onshore development. Eventually the capital costs and burden of subsidies will bite the SNP in the arse - especially if they gain "independence". I just hope it happens soon enough.

Hi Judith.

Yay! Of all the emotions, schadenfreude is the best. Seeing someone more miserable than I am always cheers me up ;-) See you at next year's C&W bash then!

June 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger FellBound said...

Brilliant stuff, Phil.

June 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM  
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