Munro with the Kids…
A weekend in with the kids was planned as the better half was out for a couple of days. My daughter has been up perhaps 10 Munros but it’s been a few years since she has been out, my son on the other hand has no interest in the outdoors, much more happy with the comforts of home. Previous trips with the weeman included a short walk to the summit of Cairngorm mountain from Ptarmigan on glorious April day in 2015 but he did well to summit Ben Ledi also the same year…. But that’s it, I often offer to take him away but not wanting to force him and perhaps drive him away from the hills for life (I remember what I thought of being forced to do thing when younger!!) I usually leave it at that….
So imagine my surprise (and delight) when at breakfast on Sunday morning, he announces he wants to head up a mountain! Within 10 minutes I had the car packed and ready to go before minds could change ;) I quickly decided on Meall nan Tarmachan, not too difficult or far away and pretty decent views from the top… The forecast was ok – a little windy and cold but only a few showers forecast…. The main car park was busy as we arrived around 12 o’clock.
Like a grey hound out of the trap, the wee man was off!!! “Pace yourself!!” was answered by –“ it’s easy - I am pacing myself”. Of course about 45 minutes later the pace had slowed and sweeties were required for an extra energy boost. He was doing well though and the final steep pull was not a problem. Even when a rogue hail storm battered us just before the summit he pushed on. It cleared and we were rewarded at the summit with great views….
Of course there were a few moans headed up the hill, so I tried to keep interest going by offering rewards and also getting him involved in map reading and route choice (well there is a path – but one can go up a hill in various ways ;)!!).
So a fine day was had in the Perthshire hills. Not sure if I’ll get another family day out in the hills soon but we will see if I get any more breakfast surprises as the summer continues ……. It’s a great feeling sharing TGO with loved ones and being a proud dad at the end of a mountain day J
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