Friday, February 15, 2008

Don't leave your car keys on the top of the Pap of Glencoe

This is the view from the top of the Pap of Glencoe at Midnight in the Summer. Our good friends and neighbours Chris and Fiona Hall climbed up to the top of it the other day. This is their story.

Hi, John
We're just packing up to go home now.The weather here was glorious yesterday so Fiona and I did the Pap of Glencoe (2500ft). As we got down near the bottom I discovered I'd lost my jacket - with the car keys in it. So I had to go all the way to the top again! There cannot be many people who have climbed the Pap twice in one afternoon!!

How long was the round trip Chris?

From the gate at the road to the top took us 1h40. The descent was a little under an hour.
The complete double trip took exacty 5 hours, invloved 4300ft of climbing (and descent) and was just over 6 miles in distance. I've got a Garmin GPS so know all the facts and figures!
However, on the second trip I was really motoring and virtually ran (jogged) most of the way down as it was gettting near sunset.
I think a comfortable time for average walkers would be around 3 hours for a normal round trip.
By all means relate the story in your blog. The lesson to be learned is to keep the car keys safely in a rucksack or trouser pocket! I would have happily left my jacket on the top - but the car-keys were another matter. :)

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