Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Shenavall –Thursday 7th June

 

We were staying at Forest Way just south of Ullapool to support John Fleetwood’s attempt at his own route of 61 miles 28,000ft around Fisherfield to be completed in 24 hours.  John had brought his attempt forward to take advantage of a weather window before the weekend.  Here's his account.  Ian had been out and back during the night and continued his support during the day.

The weather was superb on Thursday morning and I spent some of it in the garden watching the birds and preparing food for the evening when hopefully we would be celebrating John’s success.

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Forest Way – garden

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Siskins – the little yellow jobs!

Later in the afternoon I set off with Ian to meet John at Shenavall Bothy to take in food and supplies for the last leg of John’s round which would take him over the pinnacles of An Teallach

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The path leading to Shenavall

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An Teallach clear of cloud on the way into the bothy

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The path down to Shenavall Bothy, dwarfed by Beinn Dearg Mor in the distance

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Shenavall Bothy

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Here comes John, right on schedule

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A Quick change and he’s off

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John, looking like he’s been for a stroll in the park!

As we walked out the weather was deteriorating and looking across to the pinnacles of An Teallach I gave a shiver, thinking of John making that solo traverse in what had now become extremely poor conditions.

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Huge relief to see John approaching the car at the end of his round which he completed in 24 hours – chapeau!

This ended an amazing week in Scotland and as we drove south Friday morning through heavy rain and the wind buffeting the car – in fact the weather we usually  get when we’re in the mountains - we considered ourselves extremely fortunate, in many ways!

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