Friday, March 28, 2014

Update on route and timing

Ben Nevis and Fort William Webcam
Ben Nevis, seen from this webcam this morning.

Here's the approximate route I'm planning. More detail becomes cumbersome to redraw in Google maps, so this will have to do.

I'm a bit behind with planning and still have to plan the last 2 days, approximately. It won't take long and frankly, the last day or so will be pretty unspectacular compared to the rest as it will be mostly road walking to make it into Montrose. Nevertheless, most of the route is planned now and more details will follow.

The big picture is: flight to Edinburgh and drive to Inverness on Saturday 5. April.  Sunday and Monday getting everything ready, last shopping in a bigger town and taking the bus to Poolewe on Lake Maree in the evening. Tuesday morning I'll start to walk, expecting to be in Drumnadrochit 5 or 6 days later to cross Loch Ness by boat.  From there, onwards to Aviemore, then across the Cairngorms to Braemer and onwards to Montrose.  In Aviemore, I'm planning to spend a couple of nights as I will have to resupply food and clean up.  

The whole trip will take about 16 days from Poolewe to Montrose, including the 2 days of rest in Aviemore.  Of course, depending on the weather and other unforeseen issues, this is just an estimate but since I'm hoping for fairly conservative daily mileage, I think it'll all be doable in the 16 days.

I'll be carrying a SPOT satellite messenger and transmit a position once or twice every day, so you should be able to see "live" progress here.

Now fingers crossed that the weather is good ... It's been brilliant this spring in Switzerland, so just some of that up there too, please!

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