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Ben Nevis Summit

Ben Nevis Summit

Long Distance Hill Walking...!

Completing “The West Highland Way” once in May of 2007 would be enough for anyone; But my good friend John; has come up with another "crazy idea" that this year, we could walk the W.H.W. Again!

If you’re not familiar with the W.H.W. It is a Long Distance Hill Walk starting in Mulgavie Glasgow, and finishes in Fort William, some 97 miles later.

Mind you, it is a walk with breathtaking views; and some serious, "Lung Busting Climbs"

But this time John and Mick thought he would make it interesting by adding on the fact that we can; climb Ben Nevis while we are in Fort William...??? Hold on; there's more!!

Then we can carry on and walkThe Great Glenn Way” from Fort William to Inverness...!!!! This totals 200 miles plus; over 10 days, and a quick trip to the top of Ben Nevis.

Well, all I can say is, John; you were spot on mate; I would not have missed my chance to climb the famous Ben Nevis.

Even though I never thought that I would? For anyone reading this blog; if you are in reasonable health, and you like a challenge; you will not be sorry...!!! On a serious note…

"YOU NEED TO DO LOTS OF TRAINING"...???

The Mountain Trail of Ben Nevis, {A K A, The Tourist Trail} is a full 4 to 6 hours of serious uphill walking depending on how fit you are.

Then you got 3 to 5 hours of hard downhill walking. You must not treat it like a walk in the park! Climbing Ben Nevis is a serious challenge?

You must be prepared and you must carry all the necessary kit that you will need for the day...???

Like Food and Water,

At least 4Ltrs. Safety Equipment, Cold Weather Gear, Spare Boots, First Aid Kit, Whistle, Torch, Compass, and Wet Weather outfit, and a Survival Bag.

So as you can tell by this list... this challenge is definitely not to be taken lightly...

Now; having said all that; you will absolutely love it when you reach the top. There is no other feeling in the world to compare to it;

The sense of achievement is overwhelming, coupled with the feeling of elation. "You Can't Beat It" And you will NEVER” forget it!

How to Avoid Blisters from Your New Boots!



As we all know that with any new pair of shoes/boots that we buy at any time there is always a danger of them rubbing our feet in one place or the other. 

They could be a little tight across the toes; or loose around the heel either way, some discomfort is felt, and I am sure you agree… it is most unpleasant. Until we wear them in.

This being the case, and I want you to be truthful here… Vanity plays a major part in our endurance to put up with the pain and discomfort for at least one evening because we have got to “Look Good tonight Girl” 

We brought these shoes just for this occasion, so we are going to wear them all night even if they cripple us, ok!

The truth always shows itself the next day; O M G! my feet are killing me, those bloody shoes near crippled me last night… I can hardly walk now and my feet are so sore, 

I think I’ve got a couple of blisters. Now after all that, any comfortable shoes that we put on are going to be very uncomfortable for several days…?  This is the exact same effect your new walking boots will have, My best advice, don't get a blister at all if you can avoid it!

Unfortunately you simply can NOT do this with NEW walking boots or shoes! if you try it you will suffer. Please take the following advice to save yourself from some serious pain! Please remember this, New Boots and Fresh Feet… DON’T MIX…!!! But wait... there is a way around all this pain!

           If you are a walker of any kind, a novice, beginner, intermediate, seasoned, or   professional the last thing you want is any kind of sores, irritations or blisters on you feet, ankles or lower legs. 

            So to eliminate most of the risk of getting a blister at all, follow these simple rules in my next article, as this one is going on a bit... so I will end here for now!




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