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Nick Bulbeck
The loneliness of the long-distance walker 15 May 2014
So: my campaign to bag* all the Donalds in 2014 is steadily progressing. And after 4 days' walking and 87 miles as measured on the map, I finally met my first human on East Mount Lowther on Tuesday.

Prior to that, I'd seen mountain hares, plovers, curlews, skylarks, several other birds I didn't recognise, sheep (obviously), any number of interesting insects/spiders, heard (though not seen) several cuckoos, and narrowly missed spotting something small, fast and burrow-dwelling - possibly a vole. But no hippos, no lemurs, no manticores, no Crumple-Horned Snorkaks and no humans.

I suppose everyone's in the Highlands! Admittedly, I've never done the Uplands before this year either.


* Strictly speaking, I can't bag Tinto or the Ochils this year because I've already done them, but they'll be included in the round. Oh, and I'm probably not going to include Uamh Bheag, as I question its Donaldicity.
 
 

James Corrigan
Re: The loneliness of the long-distance walker 19 Jul 2014
If you want to meet no one.The Lowthers are normally a safe bet.

Pity about the gigantic 48sq km Wind Factory in full view though.
 
 
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