Thursday, 4 June 2009

Devil's Staircase

The cracking weather continues. And when its hot, clear and sunny, you've just got to get out and play!

Keith and Buachaille Etive Mor

Wednesday night is bike night. However, the West Highland Wheelers must be all recovering from 10 Under the Ben as it seemed no one wanted to come out to play last night. No worries. We kept it local, and Keith, your host at Glencoe Independent Hostel, and myself headed for the classic Devil's Staircase up at the top of Glencoe.

In your best Cartman voice, say "Sweeeet!"

Conditions were ideal and it was quite simply a pleasure to be out. Soon enough, the slog to the top is over and its some fantastic mountain biking all the way down into Kinlochleven. And the best bit about going in the late evening is that there's no one with map cases swinging and walking poles clinking to scowl at you as you pass them, clearly having much more fun than they are.
One of the smoother sections

The Blackwater Reservoir and a whole lot of nothingness.

What better way to finish than with a pint of ice cold lager at the Tailrace, as you sit in the evening sun and reflect on some of the best biking anywhere, all successfully achieved without so much as a trip to casualty or a puncture!

Oh yeah...!

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