WHW DAY 7
FROM: Glencoe TO: Kinlochlevan (16km)
Total kms walked on this walk: 125km
Accumulated kms walked:
Started early this morning to catch up the 3km we didn't do yesterday, we quickly came up to Kingshouse. We are were very glad we made the decision to stay in Glencoe, the place was a construction sight. Grateful today for the Universe and her amazing wisdom. The Rooster and I have embrace the theory that if we put ourselves out to the world in are most genuine form and graciously embrace all that the universe sends our way both good and bad then it will continue to provide and light our way. This philosophy has served us well in many ways from good airfares to the places we wanted to go, to great weather, to timely interventions. Whilst we respect and honour the universe it will have our backs.
From Kingshouse the sight of Buachaille Etive Mor is even more imposing . The mountain is very aptly named, Buachaille Etive Mor translates to The Great Herdsman of Etive. Sitting at the entrance to Glen Etive on the left and the historic Glen Coe on the right; the scene of the massacre of Clan MacDonald in 1692. The path from Kingshouse the base of the mountain was a wide and easy footpath, lolling us into a false sense of ease as we crept ever closer to the Devil’s Staircase. The Devil's Staircase was a zig-zag climb that was continuous but not overly difficult.Saying that, I was overtaken by some crazy mountain bike riders. To my credit I did pass them further up the hill when they had to get of and carry their bike because the track was badly chewed up. But unlike the New Zealanders who have no idea how to reward a hard climb, the Scot's certainly understand rewarding effort. At the top of the staircase we had 360 degree view of wide open glens, rugged mountains dotted with white sheep and in the distance we could see Mamores mountain range. At 550m this is the highest point of the trail and worth spending some time just basking in the glory. We through down our packs and just sat breathing in the boundless beauty and doing a Julie Andrews the hills are alive with the sound of music moment :).Once at the top the rest of the hike was just a easy meander across the moorland into the town of Kinlochleven.
A useless bit of Trivia Kinlochleven is home of the National Centre for Ice Climbing – the world’s largest indoor ice climbing wall