Ben Nevis Itinerary. What do you take up a mountain?

I’ve never walked up a mountain before. Or hiked really long distances. I had to do a lot of research into what to bring, what to wear and how to stay safe on a mountain. It’s not exactly a subject I had ever given much thought to before… With my lack of experience in mind, I started writing copious lists of things I need to bring, and I decided to share this with you! You lucky devils…

My back pack contents:
Ben Nevis Backpack Itinerary
[x] Water pouch
[x] Exposure blanket
[x] Headtorch
[x] Kendle mint cake
[ ] Flapjacks
[ ] Nuts
[x] Camera
[ ] First aid kit
[x] She wee
[x] Hand sanitiser
[x] Tissues
[ ] Lunch
[x] Plastic food containers
[x] Utensils

My gear/clothing:
Ben Nevis
[x] Walking shoes
[x] Thermals
[x] Gaitors
[x] Waterproof jacket
[x] Hiking socks
[x] Walking trousers
[x] Sports bra
[x] Backpack
[x] Liner socks
[x] Blister stick
[x] Scarf
[x] Hat
[ ] Food
[x] Head tube
[x] Insoles

Shared from Google Keep
This is one of my favorite apps, endless to do lists!

As you can see not all of the items are ticked off yet, mainly the foods. I think the plan is to hit a supermarket the day before we go up to ready ourselves!
To put your minds at ease, the first aid kit was compiled the evening before going!

To generate these lists I Googled with a vengence, reading articles and guides on Ben Nevis. I also spoke to people who have experience in hiking (A being one of them) and most importantly, I used some common sense. All of these leave me feeling like I’ve covered all bases and am as prepared as I’ll ever be to go up BN.

Am I forgetting anything? Or is there anything else you would have brought that I haven’t listed? I’d love to hear some feedback 🙂

P.s. HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

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Ben Nevis Training Hike #5

The final hike before we go!  Aaahhh!

It was my turn to plan this route, and I made sure it was a tough one.  In the aftermath of the walk I was kicking myself for doing this… a long trek is exactly what is needed to prepare for Ben Nevis.

Summary
Location : Shorne Wood Country Park
Trail type : Woodland / footpath / field
Distance : 15k
Time: 3h 49m
Average pace : 15 : 05m/km

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This walk was very long. I Definitely regret not bringing energy food with me! The walk started really well, I had a walk guide to follow and I navigated us through woods and villages. It was really pleasant, cloudy but still nice to walk. We went through an old WW2 camp, with underground bunkers that were still there, we saw giant chestnut trees, Lots of feilds, and tried to make friends with some of the locals…(by that I mean horses! ) after a couple of hours walking I was feeling really drained and tired. It would have been much better had I brought some food…it didn’t help that it didn’t stay pleasant for very long, the weather was very changeable and we got caught in couple of downpours.

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After the walk I had never been so happy to see a hot chocolate in my entire life as I was in that moment.

Next post will be aaall about Mr Ben Nevis. How exciting! Watch this space… But until then, here’s some pics from walk number 5!

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Weigh In Wednesday!

Weigh in day is here again!

Last week: 231 pounds
This week: 229 pounds
Difference: -2 pounds

Woooo! I knew this week wood be good. I had a good feeling about it. I am a little bit gutted to not have lost the 7 pounds I was hoping for before Ben Nevis… But at least I’ve lost a little bit, right?

The rest of this week I am all about eating in moderation and not going crazy. Especially given that I can’t exercise because I’ve twisted my ankle. Again. Right before going to Scotland. I am so annoyed about this, you have no idea! I’m hoping it wil be ok by next week, but I’ve got a feeling I’ll be needing my ankle support… 😦 such a clutz! I was literally just walking and my ankle went over. Ugh.

Next week I’ll be in Scotland, so no weigh in then. But next week ill be back for my wednesday weigh in 🙂

Hope everyone is having a good week!

I Workout!

Hello to all.

I maintained against so I didn’t post, a weigh in. Next weds I will be, and I am expecting to have lost a little something something. Yay finally!

Yesterday morning I was feeling some guilt over not going to the gym for a while, so I grabbed My 30 day shred DVD and did a workout. I went with level 1 as I’m very unfit and hadn’t done the shred in a long time. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t find it easy, but it was easier than the last time I started it. It’s made me feel like all the walking I’ve been doing is paying off. I’m going to try and do the 30 day shred more, I am definitely feeling the after effects of the workout, so it must be doing something!

I’m currently preparing for my walk today, this one will be much longer than the others. I’m actually really looking forward to it, and will be posting about it soooon.

Enjoy your Sundays!

Ben Nevis Training Hike #4

It’s getting even closer!!! Aaaaaaah!!!

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Location: Bluebell Hill
Trail type: woodland/trail/footpath
Distance: 1.97-break for lunch-2.38 (4.35 total)
Time: 28m-break-40m (1h 8m total)
Average pace: 14:16m/km -break- 17:42m/km

The weather we had for this walk was amazing. I was feeling a bit crappy, but as soon as I felt the sun I cheered right up! Summer is coming. It’s even light when I get up for work now!

The walk was good, the first half was down hill and then flattened out, so it was easy enough to manage. The we got to a pub and decided as we needed to stop for a wee break we may as well stop and have lunch too. After we had eaten big lunches, we then walked back along a different route…of course as the way to the pub was downhill, the way back was uphill. We ended up walking along a small trail that was quite steep going uphill. It felt like it was going to never end! I struggled with the hill, I had to concentrate on breathing (I have asthma) and keeping my legs moving. I kept my focus on the ground in front of me and avoided looking up at what was left to climb-I would have become discouraged otherwise. After that hill I am worried about BN. It’s all going to be one giant hill!! I am going to die.

I’ve made a Ben Nevis countdown schedule, and put down gym days and whatnot. Expect lots of workout posts in the next 2 weeks. If I don’t go, feel free to hurl abuse at me. Not really. I would get upset. I beat myself up enough for not going to the gym…

Anyways… Here’s some pictures!

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Ben Nevis Training Hike #3

We were meant to be going to a place called Wye for our walk on Sunday, however we ended up in a different place called Appledore…I won’t bore you with the details on how that occurred but basically there were too many postcodes in a group message…

Sumarry:
Location: Appledore
Trail type: field and canal
Distance: 6.56km
Time: 1h 40m
Average pace: 15:20min/km (includes a couple of stops)

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This walk was not difficult like the previous ones. We basically walked alongside a canal for a while and then came back the way we came. It was a nice walk, but totally different from wading through mud on previous walks. Speaking of mud, I may have something pretty muddy in the works for after BN. Very excited.

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Ben Nevis is getting ever closer and I’m feeling anxious about it. I need to gym more, but I haven’t had the energy to recently… so bad. I feel determined to do it, but I just haven’t been focused on getting myself ready to get up there. This clearly needs to change, so I’m going to get serious about going to the gym and sticking to a gym plan.

I. Can. Do. This.

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We were taking a few pics while chilling out towards the end of our walk, when mr A discovered a multishot function…

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Yupp. We are normal…

The penultimate walk post is coming soon!!

Wednesday Weigh in

I know I didn’t with in last week, but nothing had changed so I figured it was going to get boring to read! However, I have maintained again this week, but I couldn’t skip weigh in again. So here we go:

Stuck at: 231pounds

Boo hiss. Clean eating has not been going well recently, my own fault really but there we go. I’m going to endeavour to keep it up for the rest of the month.

I’ve got a couple of things up my sleeve to inform people of, so watch this space for upcoming posts-one of which is about my walk on Sunday, the other is much more exciting…