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My resolve to do a day a week TGOC training  was weakened today when I saw the weather – chucking it down. But I had arranged my old pal, Border’s chiel, woodcarver Ian (he carved his own spork). I had been in Edinburgh for work so we arranged to meet at the Hillend car park.

The rain had abated a wee bit as I left central Edinburgh but was throwing it down again by the time I parked and Ian arrived. As experienced hillwalkers, we sat in the car and pondered what to do. So, we did the sensible thing and went for a coffee (TGOC training after all).

After an hour of prevarication, we had to get going so set off in the rain. By then, there had been something of an improvement – it was merely drizzle and thick mist so we set off up the hill at 11. A diversion to the loos in the ski centre meant we kind of wandered for a while until we found the path up the hill.

Up Caerketton Hill where we were confused by 2 cairns on the ground but 1 on the map then, between Caerketton and Allermuir Hill, we got a surprise as a hairy coo loomed out of the mist. He (or she) seemed quite unperturbed.

Hairy Pentlands coo

Hairy Pentlands coo

We got to the indicator on Allermuir Hill, which Ian studied intently. A somewhat pointless exercise given the weather conditions.

Allermuir Hill

Woodcarver Ian studying the hills we could not see

We headed on a bit further in a desultory way then decided enough was enough and a pint at the Steading at Hillend was in order. So, down through Swanston where there were a few golfers, puzzling how to see the holes in the mist and along a remarkably muddy path back to the car park and pub.

A pretty short day – hopefully TGOC weather will be better than this.

2 Responses to “TGOC training in the rain”

  1. Louise says:

    Noooo, not nearly enough wind for the Challenge, but you’re getting there. Coffee to start and a pint to end, that’s proper training that is.

  2. alan.sloman says:

    I think my training for that sort of weather would be to stay in the pub.
    I would use the time usefully, studying a map of the Monadh Liath and going through the beers.
    And then a cab home.

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