If you’ve been keeping up to date with my Instagram and my other social media platforms you’ll know I’m currently on a wee break away at a beautiful little gold mine in Scotland, Argyll (which I’ll be writing about in the next few days). I wanted to share with you one of my experiences from whilst I was here: Climbing The Cobbler.
The Cobbler is a mountain, a munro, in Scotland; also known as Ben Arthur. It is located in Argyll on the Arrochar Alps. I won’t get in to all of the geography and history of the mountain because I ain’t clued up on that sort of thing but I will tell you about my experience of giving this climb a go…
It was challenging. I didn’t realise how unfit I was until I was about 10 minutes in and I was already wanting to go back to the comfort of the hot-tub and call it a day. I had to keep stopping for breaks. I had to really push myself to keep going. I wanted to reach the top but I didn’t know if I had it in me. I kept pushing myself and pushing myself, willing myself to keep going, to push through it. I was sweating like mad and breathing so loud, so fast, I actually shocked myself. When did I get so unfit? I guess I’m not really as active as I used to be and I’m also the heaviest I’ve ever been so I’m carrying all this extra weight up a mountain that I ain’t used to – it really was strenuous.
Let me tell you though, when I got to the top of that mountain, I felt on top of the world. Literally. I felt like I’d climbed to the pinnacle of the planet. The sound of the waterfall was deafening and the air was so fresh I could taste it. No amount of photos could ever do justice for the moment I experienced. Standing there, breathless and flushed, feeling like an absolute champion. I climbed this. I’ve earned this view. Nobody else is seeing what I am seeing. I am blessed.
What a magical experience. Was it gruelling? Oh yes. Was it worth it? One thousand times yes. I’d do it all over again. It was so revitalising and refreshing; it really did me the world of good. I’m not your usual outdoorsy type but I did it and I felt so good for it. I’ll never forget the moment I made it to the top. I’ll never forget the sound of that waterfall. I’ll never forget that time I climbed The Cobbler.
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