Friday, 14 January 2022

Getting Back Into It: A First Short Walk With A Pack This Year

View over Strathspey to the Cairngorms at dusk

After a series of very short local strolls - 1-2 hours - without a pack I ventured out recently with a small rucksack and went a little further up a local hill, crossing some rough terrain en route, to see how my operated on hand would respond. 


I learnt that my hand, with the bandange gone and just a plaster over the hole, didn't hurt too much as long as I was careful not to press down on anything. I don't think I could comfortably handle a treeking pole or ice axe yet and a big pack could be awkward - that has to wait a week or two at least. 

I also learnt that little exercise for the last three weeks along with rather too much rich winter warming food means more than my hand needs to get used to the hills again! But it's a start.

2 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you're out in the hills again, even if it was a shorter walk. We're desperately trying to figure out a way to get ourselves up into the area on a permanent basis, it looks stunning.

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  2. I think many of us are guilty of the Christmas excesses Chris and getting into the hills is the best form of redemption!
    Hope you'll be 100% soon.

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