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Day 13: A watery Grande Finale

Life wasn't easy for my stocks. RIP.
Life wasn't easy for my stocks. RIP.
Harry Potter bridge
Harry Potter bridge
Glenfinnan Monument
Glenfinnan Monument
Looking back to Glenfinnan
Looking back to Glenfinnan
Cona Glen, looking like some Aftrican steppe to me (minus the rain)
Cona Glen, looking like some Aftrican steppe to me (minus the rain)
Looking back Cona Glen
Looking back Cona Glen
So happy to find this shelter!
So happy to find this shelter!
Getting closer
Getting closer
Getting really close
Getting really close
Made it :)
Made it :)
Woohoo
Woohoo
To Fort William
To Fort William
They don't look too bad after being wet for the last 13 days
They don't look too bad after being wet for the last 13 days
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Day 12: Wet'n'windy

Eerie!
Eerie!
A look back, once the rain clears
A look back, once the rain clears
Some sun while descending into Glenfinnan
Some sun while descending into Glenfinnan
Corrihully Bothy
Corrihully Bothy
Warming my cold feet
Warming my cold feet
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Day 11: Now that was a tough one

Overnight rain results in some sweet waterfalls
Overnight rain results in some sweet waterfalls
Looking back up the valley
Looking back up the valley
River crossings are getting slightly more challenging with the rain
River crossings are getting slightly more challenging with the rain
Oh, you sweet, sweet gravel road
Oh, you sweet, sweet gravel road
The all new bridge saves me from a river crossing
The all new bridge saves me from a river crossing
Shortly before reaching Sourlies Bothy
Shortly before reaching Sourlies Bothy
Beach walk...
Beach walk...
...makes Sandro happy :)
...makes Sandro happy :)
View from Sourlies Bothy
View from Sourlies Bothy
Stunning!
Stunning!
Planning the second leg of the day to A'chuil
Planning the second leg of the day to A'chuil
Many river crossing on the way up
Many river crossing on the way up
The views on the pass magnificent
The views on the pass magnificent
Lonely tree
Lonely tree
Mud-o-meter says it's muddy today
Mud-o-meter says it's muddy today
Two hikers enjoying the vista
Two hikers enjoying the vista
Little Lochan
Little Lochan
A'chuil in sight. Finally!
A'chuil in sight. Finally!
Trail moments
Trail moments
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Day 10: Race against the rain

Impressive morning sky while ascending to Forcan Ridge
Impressive morning sky while ascending to Forcan Ridge
Lovely path up to the ridge
Lovely path up to the ridge
Last look back towards Shiel Bridge
Last look back towards Shiel Bridge
Tough going along a very random stone wall
Tough going along a very random stone wall
Highest point of CWT!
Highest point of CWT!
A river, which is apparently difficult to cross when in spate
A river, which is apparently difficult to cross when in spate
Descending to Kinloch Hourn
Descending to Kinloch Hourn
Wonderful costal path
Wonderful costal path
Very different to all the previous sections
Very different to all the previous sections
Arriving in Barrisdale in pouring rain
Arriving in Barrisdale in pouring rain
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Day 9: Easy Peasy

Descending towards Glen Shiel on a easy track
Descending towards Glen Shiel on a easy track
More signs than trees...
More signs than trees...
Civilization again
Civilization again
Loch Duich
Loch Duich
Stormy Loch Duich once more
Stormy Loch Duich once more
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Day 8: Burning calories

2 cables... Why need more for a bridge?
2 cables... Why need more for a bridge?
Ready for the next descent
Ready for the next descent
Incredible views
Incredible views
Maol Bothy in the middle of nowhere
Maol Bothy in the middle of nowhere
Better giving them a wide berth
Better giving them a wide berth
A sign! Wow!
A sign! Wow!
Falls of Glomach, the trail skirts along the exposed right flank of the gorge
Falls of Glomach, the trail skirts along the exposed right flank of the gorge
Lovely but windy place, the hiking poles marking deer poo.
Lovely but windy place, the hiking poles marking deer poo.
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Day 7: How grumpy can one be?!

Freshly harvested pine. Always causes sore to my eyes.
Freshly harvested pine. Always causes sore to my eyes.
Short day means plenty of time for photography!
Short day means plenty of time for photography!
Cute little shelter
Cute little shelter
Descending to Craig on a wonderful trail
Descending to Craig on a wonderful trail
Totally different landscape
Totally different landscape
The owner might be grumpy, but the hostel itself is cozy. Also this simple table is so cool.
The owner might be grumpy, but the hostel itself is cozy. Also this simple table is so cool.
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Day 6: I'm not alone

Freezing morning
Freezing morning
Looking back towards Loch an Nid
Looking back towards Loch an Nid
Water from everywhere
Water from everywhere
Wilderness
Wilderness
So many options
So many options
Towards Kinlochewe
Towards Kinlochewe
So different!
So different!
No special location but it does its job just fine
No special location but it does its job just fine
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Day 5: Dodging Bulls and Bullets

Okay...
Okay...
Looking back at Inverlael
Looking back at Inverlael
Can you spot the helicopter?
Can you spot the helicopter?
Another little Lochan
Another little Lochan
Bush bashing
Bush bashing
Proudly Scottish ;)
Proudly Scottish ;)
Shenavall Bothy
Shenavall Bothy
Cozy
Cozy
Blog time
Blog time
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Day 4: How far is far enough?

Remains of yesterday's wedding
Remains of yesterday's wedding
Wohoo, the first Cape Wrath Trail sign!
Wohoo, the first Cape Wrath Trail sign!
Rough ground
Rough ground
Hello :)
Hello :)
Back to school at Schoolhouse Bothy
Back to school at Schoolhouse Bothy
Trying to dry my tent at Glen Douchary
Trying to dry my tent at Glen Douchary
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Day 3: Making or Breaking

Rainy start of the day
Rainy start of the day
First pass
First pass
Descending into Inchnadamph
Descending into Inchnadamph
Rainbow appearing above the source of the Oykel
Rainbow appearing above the source of the Oykel
Looking back up the River Oykel
Looking back up the River Oykel
Setting up camp in the last rays of sun
Setting up camp in the last rays of sun
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Day 2: Ticks, Ticks, Ticks

Lunch on top of Ben Dreavie
Lunch on top of Ben Dreavie
Descending into Glencoul
Descending into Glencoul
Glencoul Bothy
Glencoul Bothy
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Day 1: I got there!

Cape Wrath Lighthouse
Cape Wrath Lighthouse
A last look back to the cape
A last look back to the cape
First stream crossing ;)
First stream crossing ;)
Sandwood Bay
Sandwood Bay
Spectacular!
Spectacular!
Small Lochan
Small Lochan
No trumpet but still good!
No trumpet but still good!
Last rays of sun
Last rays of sun
Campspot for the night
Campspot for the night
Some proper mud
Some proper mud
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Day 0.5: I'm getting there :)

Waiting for the ferry
Waiting for the ferry
Shooting Range, luckily not active today
Shooting Range, luckily not active today
Road to Cape Wrath
Road to Cape Wrath
No man's land
No man's land
Keravaig Bothy
Keravaig Bothy
Writing my diary on the beach
Writing my diary on the beach
King's chair
King's chair
Bothy 'Rules'
Bothy 'Rules'
Ready for my first Bothy experience
Ready for my first Bothy experience
Ready to go!
Ready to go!
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Day T-1 (hopefully): Scotland, here I come

To start off with, yes, I made it to Scotland, writing the following lines in a quiet spot on the bank of the River Ness in the small but bustling tourist town Inverness. It's surprisingly mild, the yellow leaves however, a stark sign that autumn is in full swing. 


But back to the beginning, back to last Sunday afternoon, when I leave work and take the train to Wetzikon, where, on the following day I do my last preparations for the trip. Buying food, charging all my electronic equipment, downloading maps. You see, nothing too spectacular. 

After a last delicious meal with my family, I head of to Basel Airport, where I arrive just after midnight. As my flight is an early 7am departure, cheap as I am, the only option is to spend the night at the airport terminal. People who know me or read my hiking report know that outside of the comfort of a warm bed, I can't really fall asleep, especially not in a noisy terminal. Hence I don't close an eye and counting the minutes until check-in finally opens. Everything goes smooth and at 5 past 7, the Easyjet Airbus climbs lazily out of Basel. The sunrise during the first half an hour of the flight, makes for some spectacular light conditions.

Two hours later, the aircraft touches down on a wet Edinburgh runway. Immigration is a breeze and in no time I'm in the tram to the city centre. I do some last minute groceries and send my three food parcels ahead. Somehow I have the strange feeling it won't work out as planned, but let's see. Moreover, I get a UK SIM and a gas canister, which, for obvious reasons I wasn't allowed to take on the flight. 

Everything takes longer than I planned. So by the time I'm all organized, it's nearly time to catch the train to Inverness, where I will spend the night. 

The previous sleepless night makes itself noticeable during the three hour ride. Despite the lovely scenery, I can't keep my eyes open. 

Luckily I recover the close to Inverness and, after checking in in the hostel, and writing these lines, I feel surprisingly fit.


Once after finishing my blog, I'll splurge one last time before going bush. Fish and chips. Have been looking forward to it for a long time.


One last thing: Eventhough I try to keep my blog alive as much as possible, I probably won't be able to write regularly. Limited signal and saving my battery will be the main problems. Still, you can follow me on my follow me page, which, if I really make it to the Cape tomorrow, should go online very soon.


Lovely sunrise
Lovely sunrise
River Ness in Inverness
River Ness in Inverness
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