We arrived in Bonny Scotland last night and found our campsite, pitched our tents, and headed straight to the pub for dinner with the locals….
After a good nights sleep it was a relaxing start to the first day of the West Highland Way Adventure, as we decided what to wear for the day; like kids in sweet shops choosing between the Vellum or the Paclite for the day ahead. Should it be the Expeditor or the Explorer, tricky! Luckily the decisions for the day were kicked off by a proper Scottish breakfast at the Benglas Farm campsite to set us up for the walk ahead.
Once packed and ready to go with Porridge and a full Scottish breakfast in their bellies, the team set off with a range of kit for stage 4 of the West Highland Way. The prize for the heaviest load going to Ed coming in at a good 16Kilos, and the prize for most midgy bites so far going to Adrian who really lived the adventure in a tent he generously shared with the Stuart Midgy Clan.
Whilst the team were testing their kit on the rough and tough, high and low paths of the WHW, I was setting up a survey (chat) station a short way down the road further along the WHW. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of real adventurers taking on the walk to find out a bit about their kit, and I wasn’t disappointed! I met many groups of people taking the challenge for different reasons, some were just finding something to do whilst their partners were counting up their Munros, some had set themselves this challenge as their first ever walk (brave!), and some had chosen the walk by random as something to do on their 8 week holiday from Holland, booked a one way ticket, and landed here!
Everyone had different kit and for different reasons, some knew exactly which brand they had and why, and had more knowledge of different brands than myself! Whereas some had no idea what logo they held on their footwear, or knew which brand of pack they had on their back, or even the colour of it. But they were all friendly and keen to chat about product and walking.
Unfortunately once the midges started getting hungry I decided to pack up and move on, so sorry to all those I missed.
Whilst I was chatting to anyone who would stop, the rest of the team were having fun along the way and met some very interesting fellows who I have to mention –there were four chaps who were walking the WHW for the Erskin Military Hospital. They were dressed in head to toe 1940’s walking gear and were an amazing sight! -Pics to follow! http://www.erskine.org.uk/events/west-highland-way-ww1-style
So thank you to all who stopped at the Berghaus Gazebo for chat and filed in a survey for us, I hope you all enjoyed your bacon sandwiches on your way to Tyndrum (very jealous I was too Jim!), and had a great time for the rest of your adventure along the West Highland Way!
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