This year's Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) location was announced on Thursday lunchtime - up near Ullapool, in the shadow of the popular Munro An Teallach - so a long drive up on Friday evening for the two days of mountain navigation, general bog bashing and rock hopping.
A new team this year, with daughter Mhairi giving it a go - sensibly, we chose the D-class (approx 20Km /1200m ascent each day), but remaining a full on mountain challenge in a fantastic location, with stunning scenery and varied terrain.
D-classers were bussed out past Braemore Junction and set loose in the Fannichs, at the eastern end of the event area. Six controls to navigate through between start and mid camp, and we were soon up above the 900m contour. The big decision was between controls 3 and 4; we chose the 'contouring' option rather than the more obvious 'over the tops' choice; not much in it...
35th out of 50 in our class at the mid camp; 6hrs46mins...some work to do on Mhairi's feet overnight...
Heading back towards Dundonnell now through the Fisherfield hills, and straight up 800m from the off. A bit of rain and some hill fog, forced waterproofs and compass out briefly, but was clear again within the hour. Relatively straight forward controls, but a few final tricky 'knolls' to locate as we contoured around the corries of An Teallach before a long descent back to the finish.
Mhairi's feet holding up, but obviously hurting on the descent - what a trooper though, full on run along the road/field final 800m. 32nd on day2 in 6hrs31mins
|Early morning at mid camp|