Mat Hayward

Canisp and a Covid write-off

13 September 2022  •  Scotland  •  12km  •  710m ascent


Every September, we go back to Scotland to celebrate our anniversary. This year, we had plans to climb a lot of mountains, really making a dent in my aim to bag 40 peaks before my 41st birthday.

After bailing due to the weather on Cùl Beag the previous day we managed to trudge our way through bog, over a river and up the rocky terrain of Canisp. Not much to enjoy about this one, so it’s unlikely we’ll be back! On to the next mountain; the three-peaks of Quinag.

2 days later, Covid had other ideas. Both Kerry and I got hit pretty hard with the virus, so instead of climbing 15 more peaks, we went home early to rest and recover.

Having little more chance to visit Scotland and with nothing over 400m within 2 hours of home, it looks like the 40-peak challenge is off. Maybe 41 peaks next year…

Kerry and Rudi enjoying the bog below Canisp
Kerry on Canisp
Kerry on Canisp
Rudi enjoying the river
Kerry on the way up Canisp