Post Lockdown Adventures
I feel so very lucky that my family and myself have our health during this pandemic. This new world of lockdowns and staying local has been a significant change to the course of our lives. I am somewhat of an adventure animal at heart; Often heading out on adventures across Scotland, going camping with family and friends, and I am passionate about canyoning, mountain biking, and canoeing. Lockdown brought a swift end to my adventures and at best left me with a touch of cabin fever. However, now the UK is beginning to ease restrictions, I am starting to plan some responsible adventure to blow the cobwebs away.
For me, adventure means a couple of things. Firstly, I find adventuring in wild nature to be an incredible detox of the mind. Spending time away from Edinburgh in the mountains or sleeping under the starts feels like it resets my soul. Secondly, my fitness which is well currently at rock bottom always improves from hiking mountains and mountain biking trails. Finally adventures make memories with the friends and family that join you and what more is life about than spending time with the people you care most bout in incredible locations.
Since I have had a lot of time to plan my next adventures of the last year. I thought I would share a couple if thing with the world as a little inspiration for other. Here is my top 3 adventures planned for when lockdown is over!
1) Mountain Climbing (Hiking)
I have to admit I am not much of an uphill person…. I do prefer canoeing down a leisurely river or jumping off cliffs into deep pools of water. However, I do acknowldge that getting to the top
of one of Scotlands majestic Munros is a worthwhile day out.
Walking is liberating. Being in a place where every direction you look is green grass
(Often Bog), valleys, mountains and lochs. When I do hike up hills it is always friends are what gets me up the hills if that is through chatting, laughing or the insults they throw at me.All which help forget about my legs screaming to go back down.
Side note: Chewy sweats in the pocket and a full flask of Coffee is the essentials for
these trips. My favourite game is the ABC game, makes the uphill go very fast (Also good for long drives).
These are the hills I am planning on hiking this summer:
– Ben Ledi
2) Canoeing expedition
Ive been lucky enough to do this about 6 years ago with friends. Multi-day canoe trips is one of my favourite adventures. Canoeing down a river and camping under the stars with vast spaces of peace and
tranquility was like nothing else I had experienced growing up in Edinburgh. Being able to stop and camp in spots that no one else can get to unless they canoe feels like you are a royal and have acres of private land. Awaiting the moment where it feels appropriate to open a beer and get the camp fire on.
There are two moments that stick out when I think back about my last canoeing adventure. First has to be my canoeing partner (and wife) went to step out of the boat so we could have a pub lunch and tipped the boat. She was raging, firstly because she got wet…and secondly because I could help but laugh! After drying her clothes in the sun, and a lunch beers all was forgiven and we were ready to go again. The second memory
was the amount of stars we watched one night, it was unreal living in our tents head stuck out
This year we are planning to do a 5 or 6 day canoe trip down the River Spey with my family. Now my children are a little older I want them to have to put down their technology and have the same sort of experiences that I had.
Canyoning for people who don’t know is where you start at the top of a small river/gorge/gully and work your way down using different techniques. This is one of my favourite hobby is full of adrenaline, fun and excitement. Being able to lower yourself down a waterfall into a spot only a very few has ever been in feels special. Stepping of a rock to jump into a plunge pool still terrifies me although you might not notice with my big smile. Working as a team to get to the bottom is a proper achievement. Slagging your friend about jumping or abseiling down then when your turn comes up suddenly you realise why they took 5 minutes. Even to this day when I explain to people what I have been doing they just cannot believe it. I feel lucky being able to do such a unique adventure in some of the most untouched spots in Scotland.
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