A trip to Scotland for winter adventures with climbing club friends has become something of an annual tradition as a result of my fiancé’s love of winter climbing. Our journey for Scottish highland adventures begins by heading up through the Yorkshire Dales, which inevitably involves stopping by the Courtyard Dairy near Settle, to stock up on a selection of the most mouth watering cheeses for the club trip cheese board. We then make our way up the M6, through the Lakes, up past Glasgow and on to our base, a cottage for the week in Fort William. To reach Fort William we pass through the jaw dropping views of Glen Coe, by far my favourite part of the drive. As on this particular trip our friends Michelle and James car shared with us, I proposed that I would like to take a few photos of the two of them within the stunning backdrop of Glen Coe. I love these amazing views of the Scottish highlands and would love to see more of this beautiful landscape. All I need now is for a couple to book me as their wedding photographer for a Scottish highland wedding and I would be one very happy lady!
Unlike the rest of the group, I am not a climber, but do like hiking and even then I struggle with speed and long distance due to having one much weaker leg and foot then the other (it’s a long story as to the whys of this), and always need a recovery day from any big adventure. However, I don’t let this stop me from getting out there and having whatever adventures I can while pushing myself within my slightly limited capabilities. And with a lot of thanks to my mountaineering man, James, who helps make the big adventures possible for me. This years Scottish highland adventures certainly pushed my boundaries both physically and mentally. First up was reaching the summit of Stob Ban. Not overly physically challenging (OK, apart from the last mile down that nearly wrecked my knees), but certainly pushed me beyond my comfort zone when it came to the exposure of walking on the verge of snowy plummeting drops! Oh but the views were just wow!
Captured on a camera phone –
For my biggest adventure yet, we summited Ben Nevis, via Observatory and Tower Gully on the North Face. I had made it to the summit of Ben Nevis the previous year in over 70mph winds and winter conditions, but that was via the comparatively easier tourist track. The north face route was much steeper with the need for mountaineering grade boots with crampons, plus two ice axes to make our way up, with an interesting climb over a snowy cornice at the top. James had to place his ice axe under my week foot to give it more stability on the steeper parts, with the occasional bum shove to help my little leg push up when I was struggling – I couldn’t have done it without him and am unsure I could ever achieve anything more physically challenging, which is a bit annoying, because it was an AMAZING adventure!!
More camera phone pictures of our epic little Ben Nevis adventure –
Looking forward to next years Scottish highland adventures!