Ok, so Speyside Way isn’t much of a summit. In fact, much of it seems suspiciously close to a river bed, and it’s still unclear to me how much above the ocean rivers can be anyway. I mean, they run downhill, right? Where do they start?
Regardless, the Speyside Way is so darn far north on the globe that it should still count as a summit of some sort. I can’t rid myself of this vague idea that things to the north must be higher than things to the south. And, of course, if you live in Australia you must get very tired clinging onto the earth for dear life so you don’t fall off.
Yes, there are true mountains for us in the future including Katahdin in Maine. And we hope Mont Blanc next summer. But for now – it’s four weeks to our multi generational trip to Scotland and England. More on all that to come in future posts.
As six of the eight of our traveling party will be engaged in a 67 mile hike in the Scottish Highlands during week one …. there’s still got to be a gear check. Admittedly, this is luxury back packing (glampacking?). Our luggage will be carted along by a taxi between b’n’bs and small hotels and we only have to carry daypacks. A far cry from the barrels on Mt. Elbrus. (Yes, for those of you new to this blog – you really do stay in converted (but large) oil barrels on Mt. Elbrus.)
Nonetheless, we’ve learned from experience – there’s still gear that must go with you even while glampacking So what does this trip entail?
- Hiking poles. Everybody but me on the trip rejects them, but after day 3 they will be thanking me.
- Headlamps. Who would have thought you needed them in Mt. Washington in October but after a late start and letting all the French Canadians celebrating Canada Day pass us, it was a pretty dark descent.
- Hard candies. I’ve sworn by these since Kilimanjaro. Cinnamon is the best but husband J swears by cherry.
- Everything waterproof. I have a strong feeling that there is is a lot of rain to be experienced north of Aberdeen. As we celebrate Tropical Storm Colin here in Florida this week the wet theme is definite front and center.
- Gloves. Need I say more. Cold hands. (Not small hands.)
- Ibuprofen. It will make everything feel better. Especially after a couple of 15 mile days.
- A kindle. Weighs nothing. Battery lasts for months. And you can cart an entire library with you. There’s a lot of down time on hikes. You need a good book to read.
- Less than four weeks now. Ready for vacation!