The case for the defence:
I completed the walk with a decent pace at the end
My failure to finish my curry was a result of dehydration - I finished my water far too early on the route, and should have guzzled far more to refresh supplies before guzzling on curry and lager.
The idea to take a direct line between the two summits - a near vertical 400m drop instead of a more graded curve using actual footpaths - was not my idea. This ridiculous choice of traverse was clearly a result of Barry being used to the terrain that his 5 year old black labrador Tommy can typically manage.
Only a couple of lumps of meat and a few grains of rice were left - the curry was nearly finished, and the lager completely so.
My first encounter with the infamous Scottish midge was not pleasant - but I seem to recall that it was a certain GM4TOE that sobbed the loudest about them.
Even after the stupid steep descent from ES-010, I showed Barry (and his dog Tommy) a clean pair of heels on the ascent of ES-017.
But it was a great day and a great walk - and I had the last laugh on both summits as I operated from the safety of my bothy bag while the midges were dining on Barry’s face.
Respect to Barry though - he is an impressively strong fellwalker. I thought I was acceptably decent myself, but after a day of being left for dead by a bloke more than 20 years my senior, and another bloke more than 20 years my junior, I’m off down the medical centre for some prozak.
And Tommy the dog - what a wonderful companion to have with us in the mountains. It was interesting to note how the amplitude of his tail-wagging linearly decreased through the day - but was still wagging at the end!
We had a great holiday with 5 SOTA activations. The intended Backpackers activation from CS-096 on the Sunday was cancelled on instructions from The Government, but we still grabbed new uniques from CS-115, NS-151, NS-150, ES-010 and ES-017.
Other highlights included giving the SOTA talk to the Inverness ARS to an audience that numbered more than 10% of the entire amateur radio population of the Highlands, and going dolphin spotting at Charnory Point - and finding that Steve GW7AAV, Helen GW7AAU and family were also there doing likewise!
Reports will follow, inevitably.