Ben A'an

Sometimes you just need to get out and do something… Hiking Ben A’an had been on my radar for a while and as the weather was looking good yesterday then I headed up there for sunset. It’s about 1.5 hours from my house and an easy drive for most of it up to Callander via Stirling, after that the road gets a bit windy but not too bad when there is no-one else there. I had wanted to go up the Duke’s Pass but it was meant to be shut for a bike event.

A short detour to get some shots of Ben Venue with the evening light raking across the valley led to an adventure through rough terrain just to get back on the main path. A bit of brambles ripping at the skin, not too much swearing, but a lot of sweating and sliding around on the side of the hills was involved.

The bottom of the path is an easy walk but quickly turns in to a steep clamber for the second half. It was a bit of a race to get to the top in time for sunset, so the sweating continued.

Finally made it to the top and the views down Loch Katrine certainly didn’t disappoint. Views over to Stirling and Dumgoyne aren’t too bad either but looking west was impressive.

The walk back down with the light fading would have been interesting without a head torch on and no doubt there have been some casualties in the past. Did intend stopping in Callander for a chippier on the way home but resisted temptation for once…

Foo Fighters, Bellahouston Park

Foo Fighters gig 10 minutes drive from my house… I’ll be having some of that! Plenty of social adult beverages on the way to the park and then a little bit of mud to deal with before heading as close to the front as possible!

And of course they blew the bloody doors off… could be heard as far away as Maryhill and Dennistoun!

Red Bull Pump Track World Champs UK Qualifier

For the second year in a row the UK Qualifier for the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships was being held in the west of Scotland, this time at Wishawhill Wood. Red Bull are well known for supporting a wide range of action sports events and along with Velosolutions who design & build the tracks, run the global series. Riders had come from all over the UK for it as well as the locals, so the standard was going to fast!

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