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