, 2023-01-21 10:30:00,
Scotland’s Isle of Mull offers visitors a wild and rugged adventure.
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Anabel Dean knows that Kiwis will fully appreciate – and respect – the wild and rugged majesty of Scotland’s Isle of Mull, even if her 21-year-old son does not.
The Atlantic Ocean is straining to unleash the full weight of its power upon one bleak and chilly hill.
It’s not just any hill. It’s Ben More, a towering pyramid that rises to 1174 metres on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, and it’s about to become the hardest climb of my life.
There’s a mortal hazard that hasn’t been foreseen. It’s not a flood warning, not a snow blizzard, it’s a 21-year-old climber who isn’t taking the mountain seriously enough.
My son descends from the MacDonald clan of Mull. He has the DNA of kinfolk whose power once stretched so wide that it was second only to the Kings of Scotland and England.
The mountain calls for conquest so he’s rapidly ascending Benmore Burn, aiming for the northwest ridge, springing over boulders with the agility of a goat. It’s a relentlessly steep route, escalating 1000m in about 4km, but he’s a kid without map or compass and soon he’s way ahead on the wrong track heading towards a steep-sided gully.
“Come back,” I shout into a roaring jet-stream of wind and sleet. “It’s this way. Stay together!” He catches words unspooling in air, swivels and catapults downwards, angrily retracing hard-won steps. “It’s not a…
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