How not to Climb Conic Hill

Want to climb Conic Hill? Has it snowed in the last week? Therefore likely to be icy, here is what not to do when climbing Conic Hill.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill is about 20 miles from Glasgow, with a large car park in Balmaha where you start your hike. The staff in the office were really helpful, asking the same question to everyone asking “where is the hill”, “how long does it take.”

Advantage of walking with a roaming explorer? Some amazing photos, the majority of the photos are Alice’s. Notice though, her bagpack and sensible walking shoes.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

The view just gets more impressive the further up you go.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

This selfie was taking moments before the first mishap of the day.

Conic Hill

So, snow/ice/mud + trainers that have done well over 600 miles and have no grip. Result?! Faceplanting the mud. The one thing that made it worse, the lady passing me, was in uggs.

Conic Hill

Got to grin and bear it, right?!

Conic Hill

This was taken about half way up the hill. We really lucked out with the sun and clouds. Note, Conic Hill is busy, so you have to be patient to get the shot with no-one in it.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

The brown path below was pretty icy. We ended up walking on the “fresh” snow.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Fancy visiting Scotland with views like this?

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

This was at the top of the hill. A truly amazing view.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Clearly rocking the mud look.

Conic Hill

It’s *almost* as if I was the only one at the top.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Harder than getting up the hill? Getting back down. Alice, ever the adventurer, decided we should find our own path down. I probably ended up sitting/sliding on the snow at least 5 times. Ever the photographer and a true best friend, she captured the below photo.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

Conic Hill

If you fancy doing this, I’ve posted my route on Strava. It’s a 2.5 mile walk but with 900+ ft of elevation.

Conic Hill