Skye Trail day 4: sun, lochs and jagged peaks

Camasunary – Sligachan Everyday marks a new set of improvements and today was no exception. I woke up to dry weather after a few spells of rain during the night. My clothes too were dry, with the exception of my shoes and socks but I could live with that. No point starting with dry feet…

Skye Trail day 3: a Cuillin reward

Torrin – Camasunary I went to bed with the sound of the rain and woke up with the birds singing. Either they were being very loud or the rain had stopped. I motivated myself to get up and put on my wet shoes to check out the weather. Everything still looked wet but it wasn’t…

Skye Trail day 2: kindness over sunshine

Boreraig – Torrin I woke up multiple time during the night to check that the river hadn’t come out of its bed. I could hear it all night. It flowed fast and heavy and I was having nightmares of my shoes being taken away by the water. Thankfully by morning they were still there and…

Skye Trail: off to a wet start

Bradford – Boreraig Since coming back from the Pyrenees, I’ve been feeling pretty restless. Any time spent at the computer has to be traded against time outside. That’s a promise I made to myself. If I’m going to work hard Monday to Friday then I plan on making the weekends count. I don’t agree with…

One Hourquette is better than none (wine is the best anti inflammatory)

HRP Day 10: Gavarnie to Héas (18km, 1,285m ascent via the Hourquette d’Alans – 2,430m) I reluctantly left Gavarnie at 6.50am, knowing that I had a significant climb ahead and unsure my tendinitis could take me all the way. As soon as I entered the Arribama Forest, I started feeling unwell. The kind of unwell…

Town vortex and social creatures

HRP days 8 and 9: rest in Gavarnie I made myself extra comfy for the night and woke up on my 8th day at 9.30am. Ridiculously late for trail’s standards. But I was not to go on trail today so I tried to not feel guilty about it. On a normal day I’d have started…

Highest point and lowest low

HRP Day 7: Oulettes de Gaube – Gavarnie (21.5km, 1,080m ascent via Hourquette d’Ossoue (2,738m), 1840m descent) The night at the Oulettes was super atmospheric, if a little wet. The fog danced around the Vignemale all night and into the morning, entertaining us every minute. The view wasn’t ever the same. It was very different…

Back to the place I love

HRP Day 6: Refuge Wallon Marcadeau – Refuge des Oulettes de Gaube (8.3km, 900m ascent via Col d’Arratille (2,528m) and Col des Mulets (2,591m)) Today was my first two pass day of the trip so far. I slept ok but kept sliding down in my tent due to choosing my camp spot poorly (Bruno where…

When all you need is a bit of self confidence

HRP Day 5: Refugio Resposumo – Refuge Wallon Marcadeau (7.5km, 700m ascent via Col de la Fache – 2,664m) Today was the big day I’d been dreading for a while. I was to beat the weather forecasted and make it up a pass that sounded unlike anything I’d never done before (which it was!). Once…

Scrambling my way into Spain

HRP Day 4: Refuge d’Arremoulit – Refugio Resposumo (4.5km, 300m ascent via Col d’Arremoulit – 2,448m) After spending the whole previous night pretty much discussing the upcoming weather and scary pass ahead (Col de la Fache), I decided to make today a shorter day and wait out the weather in Refugio Resposumo. I left Arremoulit…