Tag: 14 for 2014

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14 for 2014 #13 – Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland

That ‘end of the road’ feeling is weird.  With me, there’s normally a mix of anticipation, relief and a slight whiff of an anticlimax.  You look forward to wondering what you’ll find, you certainly look forward to the journey ending and expectations are often dashed when you get there and think: “Oh … okay … is that it ?”. This was precisely how I … Read More 14 for 2014 #13 – Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland

14 for 2014 #12 – Compete in the Applecross Duathlon

I’d long wanted to go to Applecross in North West Scotland and needed a good excuse to visit.  So when I came across the Applecross Duathlon when researching adventure races it was an easy decision to include it as one of my ’14 for 2014′. This post is in three parts.  Anyone who’s ever been to Applecross will tell you about the infamous road over the … Read More 14 for 2014 #12 – Compete in the Applecross Duathlon

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14 for 2014 #11 – Try sea kayaking

I dipped my toes into the water so to speak when I bought myself an inflatable kayak a few years ago.  This seemed a fairly easy introduction to kayaking: relatively less expensive, no need for roof bars to transport the kayak and a good way of learning basic paddling skills.  I’ve been quite content ‘messing about’ on the water and have really enjoyed using … Read More 14 for 2014 #11 – Try sea kayaking

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14 for 2014 #10 – Go on a kayak/camping trip

When I added “Go on a kayak/camping trip” to my 14 for 2014 at the start of the year I had no idea how I was going to achieve it.  It just sounded like a great adventure: pack a tent, a stove and some food, then paddle across some water to wild camp on an island. I’d done something similar a few years ago … Read More 14 for 2014 #10 – Go on a kayak/camping trip

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14 for 2014 #9 – Climb the Rois-Bheinn Horseshoe

The three Corbetts that make up the Rois-Bheinn Horseshoe – Sgurr na Ba Glaise, Rois-Bheinn and An Stac – have views that are perhaps unmatched across the whole of the Western Highlands.  While not quite of Munro height they nevertheless tower above the surrounding land and on a sunny day provide spectacular views across Loch Ailort, Morar and out towards the islands of Eigg and … Read More 14 for 2014 #9 – Climb the Rois-Bheinn Horseshoe

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14 for 2014 #7 – Do a bungee jump at Killiecrankie

I can highly recommend Killiecrankie as a convenient jumping off point if you happen to be travelling on the A9 between the Central Belt and Inverness.  It just so happens that Garry Bridge, over the Killiecrankie gorge, is one of the two places in Scotland that you can go bungee jumping.  It’s run by Bungee Jump Scotland, with the other location being the Titan … Read More 14 for 2014 #7 – Do a bungee jump at Killiecrankie

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14 for 2014 #5 – Wild camp and watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s Day from a mountain top

  Wild camping up high can’t be beaten, particularly if you have clear weather and views.  I’d never purposefully climbed a mountain simply to see the sunrise and so it seemed appropriate to add it to my 14 for 2014. Five of us headed up Ben Ledi, one of our local hills – my nephew and his girlfriend, my son and my wife on June … Read More 14 for 2014 #5 – Wild camp and watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s Day from a mountain top

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14 for 2014 #4 – Climb the Rum Cuillin

Rum has long been on my wish list.  The Rum Cuillin, while not quite of munro height, must rank as one of the best mountain ridges in Scotland: a long, challenging day with spectacular views.  And all of this on a smallish island of around 10 miles square with wildlife, beaches and an over-the-top Victorian hunting lodge.  So adding this to my 14 for 2014 was … Read More 14 for 2014 #4 – Climb the Rum Cuillin

14 for 2014 #3 – Visit the Island of Colonsay

  Colonsay is one of Scotland’s lesser-known islands, just eight by three miles and with a population (2011) of 144.  Until recently I hadn’t visited but given the positive recomendations by other visits I decided to add it to my 14 for 2014 list at the beginning of the year. My Mum and I took the CalMac ferry on a glorious day from Oban, taking … Read More 14 for 2014 #3 – Visit the Island of Colonsay

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14 for 2014 – #1 – Become a registered indoor climber

I’ve got my ’14 for 2014′ up and running by ticking the first challenge off my list ! My 9 year old son and I took a ‘parent and child’ belay course at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena on Sunday which means that I’m now able to take him climbing any time without having to book an instructor. He really enjoys climbing and would like … Read More 14 for 2014 – #1 – Become a registered indoor climber

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Planning my 14 for 2014

As the evenings get lighter after a dark and particularly wet Winter I’ve started to plan how I’m going to achieve my 14 for 2014.  Here’s an update on where I’m up to – and also some requests for suggestions and tips you might have for me. If you haven’t figured this out by now, I’m a planner.  (Not only do I love to plan things … Read More Planning my 14 for 2014

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Introducing my 14 for 2014

It’s that time of year again when we like to make resolutions and set goals for the coming 12 months. People keep asking me: “so what are going to do now that you’ve climbed all of the munros?“.  I’m stumped for an answer since I haven’t got a big list that needs ticking, certainly nothing on the scale of the munros.  However, there are … Read More Introducing my 14 for 2014