Well Ive been keeping up the skipping for the last few days, seems to be helping with the breathing when I walk up hills so all good.
On Saturday I headed up to Scotland with someone who bags "munros" for a hobby. Munros are hills over 3,000ft Scotland has 283 of them and we were meant to do 9. Turns out I dont function in cold and Im rubbish at carrying a rucksack for 17 miles up 7,500 ft a day so embarrassingly we had to change the itinary and we did 5 instead.
I'd kind of hoped to find a good exscuse not to go so hadnt taken any account of where we were heading or even bought a map... when I eventually looked at the propsed route it looked like a kid had gone mad with an etcher sketcher, a mass of close contour lines littered the page. This translated to hard work, ridges and scree paths with breathtaking views cos the sun shone on Saturday and Sunday and we could see for miles and miles.
So we walked from Glen Etive up Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan and Glas Bheinn Mhor. Then on Monday we walked up the lost valley and up Stob Coire Sgreamhach and Bidean nam Bian
I really, really enjoyed the hills, Im just not quite fit enough to do the intended routes with a rucksack but Ill get there
We didnt start until 4pm on the Saturday, when we got up Ben Starav I very suddenly became massivley cold and useless so we had to stop near the summit for the night. In retrospect Im glad of this cos my gung ho companion wanted to continue along a ridge down and across loose (ish) boulders then up Beinn nan Aighenan in the dark with bits of ice on the ground which Im probably not that good at.
Ive got a massive cold now, climbing lesson starts on Saturday then Im off to Thailand on Sunday... yay!!