Climbing The Cobbler – Blogmas Day 4

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.

Until Tomorrow

Charlene McElhinney






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1 Comment

  1. December 4, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    So proud of you Charlene for climbing it and not giving up. That feeling is definitely one of a kind something I’ve only experienced once in my life. It just goes to show that really we can do anything we set our minds to no matter how much we tell ourselves we can’t. I can’t wait to read more about your weekend away and I am loving your Blogmas!

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