Backpacking stats for 2009
Stats table 2009
First and foremost a Happy New Year and good walking to all readers for 2010. We have really enjoyed all the trip reports of fellow bloggers and others over the year.
Our end-of-year review for 2009 is underway and the figures are shown in the table: this time last year I remember thinking that 2009 couldn’t be any worse than 2008 but it was, mainly due to the onset of plantar fasciitis in my right foot late in the year. There were some superb trips though, the real highlights being the new territory in Scotland.
I had a Cairngorms solo trip in perfect weather in early summer and we followed it up with a joint Cairngorms trip in autumn, both magnificent and highly memorable backpacks. The NE Isle of Arran backpack was an excellent varied backpack, the first to a Scottish island on the ferry, with our most beautiful and isolated tent pitch of the year at Loch Tanna and a glorious ascent of Goatfell.
After a hearty traditional Scottish lunch of haggis and a shot of Talisker today, I’m contemplating what 2010 will bring. Until - and if - this foot clears up, the trips will be short and any thought of long treks will have to be put on a back burner for a while. In the meantime, kudos to those who can get out into this spectacular winter scenery and post pictures and reports.