Sunday, 31 December 1978
I suppose it was three summer SU camps in Glen Etive, where the main activity was hill-walking, that really got me started. We were based in canvas tents at Gualachulain, just at the head of the loch, so big hills all around. Each day, there were 2 or 3 expeditions offered, and as a "tent leader" I would be allocated to one or other of the groups. Some of the leaders were experienced in the hills, others (like me) were pretty well novices - but learned quickly. No risk assessments required in those days!
Here's what I climbed:
17/07/76 Buchaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg only)
09/07/77 Buchaille Etive Beag (main top only)
11-12/07/77 Ben Nevis (overnight - watched the sunrise from the summit - see picture)
13/07/76 Ben Fhionnlaidh
08/07/78 Buchaille Etive Beag (both tops)
10/07/78 Bidean nam Bian (inc. Stob Coire Sgreamhach and Stob Coire nan Lochan)
12/07/78 Aonach Eagach
13/07/78 Buchaille Etive Mor (traverse, from north to south - all tops)
In between these camps, I also fitted in a climb of Ben More Mull, my first solo climb. This felt quite exciting, as I had never done a solo hill before, and the route I took was from the south, which involved quite a rough and steep ascent from the col between A'Chioch and Ben More. I remember being a bit worried about having forgotten to take my cagoule with me - but it was a very hot sunny day, so that was OK! Great fun.
I wasn't really a munro-bagger yet, but i started to keep a record of where I had been, and was now up to 14 Munros and 22 Tops (according to the modern classification). I didn't realise it at the time - but that was 5% of the total!