Conic Hill

Took advantage of a slight rise in temperatures and the promise of sunshine to climb Conic Hill last Sunday. After a slow and slippy drive to Balmaha it was on with the boots and gaters for the short 400 metre climb. Although the car park had a few cars the hill was pretty deserted and we only saw two other chaps all day who had abandoned their climb up Ben Lomond. At lower levels there was a bit of a thaw on and the snow was quite wet and slippy. After a half hour we had left that behind and were in to the actual climb. Proper snow!

Danny on Conic Hill

It didn’t take long until we got to the top of the first summit – Conic is actual three small summits and as we clambered on the sun came out and gave us some glorious views of Loch Lomond, the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond.

Loch Lomond from Conic Hill

Despite the sun and the thaw at lower levels it was f-f-freezing at the top. A pretty brisk wind meant we didn’t hang around for long at the top and we walked down a bit to have some lunch. After a quick soup we decided not to clamber over the hill again but head further down the slope as we’d surely find a path. Wrong. We found a very old wood and a peat bog so not the best decision we’d ever made. Hence the RunKeeper map showing a circular route that doesn’t really exist.

Conic Hill

Speaking of RunKeeper, two little titbits. Runkeeper Pro is currently free for the month of January on both iOS and Android platforms. Highly recommended and is constantly being improved by the development team. Secondly, I forgot I had switched on RunKeeper Live a couple of months. What this means is that at the start of the walk a tweet is sent out and people can watch you walk live online. Updates seem to be every 10 seconds or so and looks to have worked pretty well. Got a few bizarre tweets when I checked twitter after the walk 🙂

Loch Lomond from Conic Hill

The full set of pics from the walk is as usual on Flickr including the panorama above which came out quite well.

2011 Resolutions

Didn’t do these publicly last year so can’t measure success (hint – there wasn’t much), but here is the list for 2011.

  1. Lose another 5kg
  2. Publish my own iPhone app
  3. Climb at least 6 munro’s
  4. Improve the podcast
  5. Drink more water
  6. Cycle > 2000 miles
  7. Reduce migraines
  8. Read at least one book a month
  9. Be shapeless

Some quite easy, others not so. Some might seem trivial but they aren’t for me. Most difficult is the migraine one which I’ve yet to find a trigger for. Mmmm. These at least are the tangible measurable ones whereas the usual ‘be positive’, ‘be happy’ blah blah blah ones are what I really want to do but probably won’t. Good to start the year with a positive frame of mind.

Anyhoo, Happy New Year and all the best for 2011.