Biking and Hiking

19th October 2013, 49 photos.

Approximately 18,000 feet of climbing on foot and on tandem over 6 amazing days with Kim in Torridon and Skye. First, "the big one" - the Bealach Na Ba and the Applecross peninsula on the tandem - very happy to have to managed that (we wonder how many tandems have gone up there before us?). Punctured on the way down due to overheating the wheel rims with all the braking on the 6 mile, 2000' descent back to sea level. Then up Beinn Alligin on Monday. Then cycled to Elgol (return) from Broadford on Skye - planned as a "recovery ride" but was hillier than expected (2000' of climbing). Raced up Blaven on Wednesday and on the penultimate day an exciting and memorable romp on the Cullin ridge in sublime conditions, bagging Am Basteir (omitting its tooth!!!) and Bruach na Frithe. Finished the week with a return south, back to the dodgy weather, and a damp 30 mile loop of Perthshire taking in a section of the Etape Caledona course and a new (to me) steep climb up into Glen

Day 1: the big one! Can we do it?

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Of course we can...

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2000' up - Bealach Na Ba summit

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Glorious Applecross

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Well earned coffee and cake stop at Applecross

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The amazing Applecross peninsula, looking over to Skye

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Day 2: Beinn Alligin in Torridon - Kim poses in front of the Horns

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Loch Torridon

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On Beinn Alligin with its Horns and Liathach behind

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Beinn Alligin

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From Beinn Alligin, looking way out over Wester Ross

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Descending the Beinn towards the Horns

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Loch Torridon endlessly broods

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Kim connects on the middle Horn!

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Scrambling downwards...

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Day 3: recovery ride to position ourselves for Blaven - was tougher than expected

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The tandem is dwarfed under Blaven, on route to Elgol

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Honeycomb rock at Elgol shore

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Kim, the honeycomb rocks and the Cuillin sparkling beyond

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Still on day 3 but Kim eyes up and contemplates day 5!!!

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Very contented tandemists at Elgol

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Day 4: gorgeous sunrise from the motorhome, camped under Blaven

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The sun rises on Blaven.....

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So Kim packs a rucksack because we want to get up there!

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Early morning Blaven approach

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Nearing the summit of Blaven

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The Red Cuillin from Blaven

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Gobsmacked by our luck with the weather on Blaven

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On Blaven, with the Black Cuillin behind

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She's eyeing up day 5 again!

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Loch Slapin from Blaven second summit

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Day 5: camped under today's challenge

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On route up Am Basteir, appoaching the moody Pinnacle Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean

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Onto the scary Cuillin ridge at last

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And just as scary looking in that direction too! Am Basteir behind

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Starting up from the col to Am Basteir

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On top of the world! Well, on top of Am Basteir, but might as well have been the top of the world!

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Safely back to the col - phew!

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Coffee on the ridge in front of Sgurr na Gillean

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Kim peers through a gap on the ridge back to day 4: Blaven

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Kim summits Sgurr a’ Fionn Choire, the top between Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe

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Summit of the second Munro - Bruach an Frithe

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Kim. In heaven!

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Looking back to main ridge as we descend toward Sligachan

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Last look back at the mean looking Cuilin ridge

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Heading down into the sunset

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Sligachan in sight at last, but a fair walk out still to go

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The sun finally sets on our hills just before we reach the pub

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Day 6: quick piece of cake before the big climb on a damp 30 mile Perthshire circuit to complete a fabulous week

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19th October 2013, 49 photos. View this album in Flickr.