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January 21, 2010

Birthday Bongos

by backpackingbongos

I am pleased to say that Backpackingbongos has survived a full year!  A year ago today I took a tentative step and published my first post.  The aim of this blog has been to share my love of wild places whilst keeping a personal journal of my trips.

I have amazed myself by keeping the blog going, although I have to admit that I am not the most regular of bloggers.  I have however managed what I set out to do and record all of my trips, with even a few mutterings on gear thrown in.  What has really surprised me is that there are actually people out there reading what I am writing, to you I would like to say a big thankyou.  To those that have commented, an even bigger thankyou.  Positive feedback makes it easier to continue and write the next post.  I can’t believe that there have been just under 27,000 page views in the past year, I would have been happy with 100!

Well what has been my highlight of the past year in the great outdoors?  It has to be the Coast to Coast walk I did with Rich last April, from Evanton to Ullapool.  Six days walking through some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer with great company in good weather.  Day four was particularly memorable.  We awoke to clear blue skies at the very remote bothy at Glenbeg, climbed the very remote Munro Seana Bhraigh and spent that night in the equally remote Coiremor bothy.  I used the word remote three times as it really defines what is important to me on a backpacking trip.  The fact that we were walking through sublime landscapes was even more of a bonus.

‘Enjoying the view from the summit of Seana Bhraigh’.

I hope that I can bring you many more backpacking tales during the second year of Backpackingbongos!