Hiking, and planning for the north-bound adventure!

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Alrighty then, it’s been about a week… I’m going to update about every week… I would assume, and hope that there are enough interesting things happening to me within a weeks time to warrant a post! (Also, soon to come, equipment list, maybe with a video if i’m feeling swell enough to do so)

So, this past week I have done two hikes, up two hills. These being Scottish hills, so not small, but not as high as my beloved Rockies…. Which is a good thing, i’m definitely not fit enough to climb a bloody mountain.

Hill one was Kings Seat, which stands above the town of Dollar, near Stirling. The route up goes past Castle Campbell, which for monetary reasons I decided not to venture into (5 pounds to see a fairly small castle? Nah. I love looking at castles, and venturing into castle ruins, but wandering inside really isn’t that dandy to me, especially for 5 pounds!), so on I walked.

ImageI walked until I got a good view of the area below, but on turning around, that big hill in the background just looked too inviting not to climb… So I headed for it. About a quarter of the way up I realized I left my camera a decent ways back, on a bench. So after swearing at myself a little, I strolled back down, grabbed it, and decided to take a gentler approach up the hill.

I walked through some lovely bogs on my way up, and managed to find a little stream that miraculously hadn’t been crapped in by goats! I was about empty on my water, so it was quite nice.

The hike up that hill was death on the legs, but well worth it. I could see from Glenrothes, to Glasgow waay in the background. The opposite view held rolling hills as far as I could see. I had lunch with Mcduck, and happily relaxed all by my lonesome on top of Kings Seat.

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The way back was fairly uneventful… Besides not finding one “telephone box” that worked. I’m still not getting a cell phone.

The next hike was a few days after, up nearby West Lomond hill. A basic walk, with a pretty easy incline, save for the wind which you could lean into, almost at a 45 degree angle, and not risk falling. Just another walk to get my legs ready for many walks ahead on my trip…. And instead of calling up the cousins for a lift back to town, I figured the 17km walk back wasn’t too bad. I got to talk to some cows along the way, anyway.

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So, tuesday, assuming the weather is at least not terrible, I am heading to Fort William, to hike Britains tallest hill. I should easily make it within a day, and I will likely be enjoying my first wild camping of my trip thus far. After that, I head for the Orkney islands, once again, to visit a friend I made last time.

Dandy times.

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About OutsideYourWorld

I'm a Canadian from Vancouver, BC. In the winter of 2011 I quit my job and sold as much as I could to travel. I began in the summer of 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland. I have travelled since then, and don't plan on returning home for a while yet. I travel to experience different cultures, languages, landscapes, and to further my knowledge of... myself. Travel is what makes me happiest, so on I go.
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