So today, my first munro was to be attained. Unfortunately the weather was not with us and as we drove into Glencoe, where we'd spend the next week the rain, wind and general gloominess met us with abundance - yikes!
Sandwiches packed, water loaded and boots on we started up the path that would take us to the plateau area between the 2 peaks that was our target for today. Almost immediately as I got out of the car I felt the effect of the wind and it scared me. Big bolshy gusts that literally knocked me sideways I was fearful of how much stronger it would be the higher we got.....if I knew then what I know now....would I? Hmmm I wonder.
The path was almost immediately steep. Straight up and there was nothing for it but to put your head down and keep walking up the steep stepped path. I completely lost my composure several times as the gusts buffeted me against the rock but Chris's calming words kept me moving forward. I wasn't enjoying this at all, oh dear!
We hit the snow line quite quickly and soon were walking through quite deep snow. This in itself is tough going but with the added effect of the wind and rainy hail stuff I was struggling to find anything positive in this walk at all. It was my first munro and I should be enjoying every minute but instead I was wondering what the heck I was doing there and feeling just a little bit sorry for myself. C'mon Lynne, this isn't like you!!!
We reached the plateau area and found some shelter against some rocks where we'd attack our sandwiches. It was cold, windy, the rain had eased for the time being and the steep and icy hill stood in front of us and I really wasnt sure how I was going to get to the top of this one.
Luckily I had Chris and option 2 became the only reality. He stepped in and calmly brought me back to my senses and eleviated some of my fears and helped me move forward up the mountain. It was slow going but he was with me every step of the way and soon enough we were on the summit. I have no idea how I got there but I was glad I did. My first munro wasn't accomplished without a great deal of effort and it was indeed a superb achievement. I fought demons I never knew existed and experienced conditions that rocked me to the core but I got there and I was alive and safe and it felt good.
It was an scary but exciting day and it took a while before I could actually appreciate what an achievment it actually was but I was proud that I'd done it and looked forward to the rest of the week whilst praying the weather conditions would improve. I don't think I could cope with another day like today!