Old quarry track to Bealach Gaoithe and the Ardmaddy Wishing Tree, Argyll, Scotland.
Dun Mor on Seil Island with the peaks of Mull behind, Argyll, Scotland.
Ardmaddy Wishing Tree, Argyll, Scotland.
Date of walk: 20/8/18
Surely Fuck Off would have been more succinct.
For the last three days I’ve had pain in my left shin above and beyond the normal backpacking grumbles and today I was getting intense shooting pain on descents so decided to camp here after a short day and hope a good night’s sleep would sort me out.
The sleep didn’t help and the next morning the leg was worse. With a heavy heart I called a taxi from Oban so I could get some medical attention. It was only two kilometres to the nearest road to meet the taxi but the track off the hill took me a couple of hours as I could only take a handful of steps at a time before the pain was overwhelming. I didn’t know it at the time but the subsequent MRI scan showed I had a stress fracture necessitating nine weeks rest and recovery.
As I could only manage a few steps at a time this track will always be etched in my memory.