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Saturday 12th August – Matt’s Holiday Exploits


OAC’s Matt Podd reports:

We have just got back from a fantastic week on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

It’s a five hour ferry from Oban but it wasn’t so bad as we saw porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks as well as more islands than you could shake a stick at. The sight of the Paps of Jura brought back scary memories.

I’m injured at the moment with plantar fasciitis and not supposed to run. However there is this group of three fine hills that rise to over 2,000′ and the team I was with wanted to walk up the largest one – Beinn Mhor, 620m. It seemed a shame not to include the other two – Beinn Choradail and Hecla – so I ignored doctor’s orders and ran them.

Miles of luckily fairly dry bog to get to them and back. The hills were trackless and very rocky but fantastic views on a clear sunny day and no one about. West was St Kilda, north to Harris and Lewis and east to Skye, Rhum and most of the Inner Hebrides.

There was some quite interesting route choice and scrambling to get between the three. It was about 18km and 1,200m of ascent and I got back to the car an hour before the walkers.

The best four hours I’ve had in a long while.

  1. #1 by Graham Lake on August 14, 2012 - 8:31 am

    Sounds great Matt. I was about 8 last time I was there, but still remember it well, can’t wait to get back some day. Like a different world.

  2. #2 by reid haddow on August 14, 2012 - 8:59 am

    Well done Matt , looks like you have had a great time, get the foot better quickly Matt, see you soon .
    “up the Black and Whites”.

  3. #3 by Sarah fuller on August 14, 2012 - 7:47 pm

    Lush 🙂 get fixed soon xx

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