Sorry for the delay in transmission, however I have been side tracked along the way!
Starting with 2 weeks in Scotland, which by most standards I would say was fine: OK it rained, except for one day when I briefly saw the sun: OK the midges came out..... you just cant win sometimes can you. Anyway, despite a rather damp feel to the air I managed to run Ben Nevis (twice) and then head over for a trot up into the Mamores. Now while running the descent I bumped into a group of German (I think) visitors:
"which way to the split in the track?" said a cheerful young man.
"Well I dont live here and I am just out for a run, but there is a kind of cross in the path up there on the saddle before you ascend the summit is that what you are looking for?"
"Oh yes, can you tell me is it the West Highland way?"
"I havent a clue mate I am just up here for a run"
"Oh well that will be it then, how long to the top?"
By now I was loosing patience as I was cooling down. "An hour at the rate you are walking" I replied. "But I dont know if that is the route you are looking for, havent you got a map?"
"Oh yes, a very bad one"
"Good luck" and off I ran back into Glen Nevis. On reaching the car I checked my map to find that they were indeed mistaken and that wasnt the path at all! Never mind, it's nice to be back...
Ben Newe (NJ381142; 565m)
20 hours ago