Sorry for the no show. An incident with a bog hole that swallowed my right leg leaving it in a liquid that felt as cold as liquid Helium was the main issue. I’ve put my foot into holes more than enough times but the way my left leg ended up made this a bit trickier than normal. I didn’t want to bury my left leg as the surface underneath it was cracking as the ice broke. I didn’t want to lose my right boot extracting my leg. Took a moment or two to sort out but it felt like minutes. I got back to the track (Southern Upland Way) which does its best to be a stealth track and boy was my foot cold. 500m on I came to a burn to cross that was full and the stepping stones were covered in ice. I looked at the stones and ice, I looked at the b-awful terrain and looked at my foot. At the rate of progress there wouldn’t be enough light to get to the summit, activate and get back as a lot of the walk is in a deep valley where the sun doesn’t reach in Winter. I did an about face and squelched back. In trying to avoid the boggy area I found myself in a worse area that was quite disconcerting. No, I’m not embarrassed to say a bit scary.
So a technical wimp-out is how I’d describe this. By all means call me wuss etc. but for a second or two I did consider “ah so this is how it ends… in a freezing bog in Galloway.”
Need a better route for next time but I’m not sure if there are any better routes.