A stroll up the Pap


The weather forecast for the first Saturday in February looked promising and I hoped to get some good photos in bright sunshine out on my local hill .   Unfortunately by the time I’d walked the dogs, done a few other chores, and stood bleathering with a neighbour, it was almost mid-day before I started walking up the pap.

I didn’t really look at the map and ended up wasting more time following a forest track above Invercoe.  Eventually I broke through above the tree line, contouring around towards the saddle between the Pap and the end of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh.

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With the high tops covered in snow, there are plenty of red deer to be seen at this time of year.

My addiction for the hills has taken a back seat over recent years. Life events have kept me busy in other areas and my fitness has suffered. By the time I got the the saddle I was feeling pretty tired; though as always I was carrying way too much in terms of Winter kit and a selection of lenses.

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By the time I reached the summit the blue skies had gone and the following days weather front was approaching.

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…but the views were still good.

About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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