Spectacular Pictures from Goatfell Peak of Owen Gosling’s Arran Fundraiser for Age Concern

Over 105KM in Eight Days, Owen Gosling completed his solo trek around the Island of Arran. The aim was to raise much needed funds for Age Concern by completing the first ever solo, self sufficient circumnavigation of The Island of Arran. Here is his account from Day 2 of his time on Goatfell Mountain, the highest peak there is on the Isle of Arran.

“A journey to the source of the source”โ›ฐ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

I took this photo as I was climbing Goatfell at a crossing over the streams down the mountain.๐Ÿ’ช

The streams were very powerful that day churning up water at extreme velocities, I had expected this knowing a storm was imminent and with persistent rain for the last few hours. For me this was a foreshadowing of the weather I was to expect further up the mountain ๐Ÿž

Have you ever witnessed the streams on the way up Goatfell, why nor share your story?๐Ÿ˜Š

The Source Of The Source

The sight back down to Brodick during ascent.๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

Just as I was about to disappear up into the clouds I turned around and took this photo. Coming from colchester and having trained in the local area, to say walking up onto the clouds is a pretty rare occasion would be an overstatement. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I just took a minute to stop, look around, embrace my surroundings and try to put the journey into perspective. โ›ฐ

In all my efforts to carry my weeks food, clothing and equipment, to record footage and try not to slip head over heels, ( of which it is no secret… I did ๐Ÿ˜‚) I almost forgot to just stop and stare…

After this photo was taken I found the fork in the path through the clouds and proceeded towards the summit of Goatfell. ๐Ÿž๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

Have you got any exciting experiences with climbing into the clouds? we would love to her them!๐Ÿ˜Š

The sight back down to Brodick during ascent

Ice cold on a Mid-Summer’s day…โ›ฐ๐Ÿ’ช

These few photos are all pictures I took as I got closer to the peak, higher in altitude and thicker into the clouds.๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

What I found most fascinating was the variation of wind speeds at altitude and how drastic those changes were with such small increases in altitude. ๐Ÿ˜Š

As soon as I entered the cloud I was instantly met by a battery of icy hail stones and high speed winds, due to the cloud I had no way of comprehending just how exposed I was at times with the sheer drops of the side of the climb. This was something I took greater notice of on the way down. When the cloud began to disappear. โ›ฐ

Yet as I got closer to the peak, the weather grew calmer, this was almost the opposite of what I had initially expected.๐Ÿ™Œ

I hypothesized that as I gained altitude I left the worst of the storm below me and once I was at the top I was just at the upper surface of the cloud level where it was calmer.โšก

Nonetheless that weather brought some lovely photos I wanted to share and I look forward to returning on a less stormy day, so that I may fully appreciate the views.

-The tallest chap on Arran… for a while๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

After 3 hours of slowly battling the storm on my 10 mile way up Goatfell, I finally made it to the top.๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿž

Goatfell is what is left of a Granite magma chamber formed in the Tertiary period 60.3 million years ago. During the Tertiary period Arran was home to one giant volcano which was formed as the mid Atlantic ridge tried to open under the island. Tectonic instability then caused the volcanos caldera collapse. This created tall ring complex of of mountains surrounding the phantom volcano.๐ŸŒ‹

The Ice ages glacial migration, mass topographical movements and persistent weathering carved out the mountain we all now know standing at 2,886 ft.โ›ฐ

I hope you all learned something new about the tallest point on the island, we would love to hear your stories of the mountain ๐Ÿ˜Š

The Sumit Of Goatfell Mountain

– “Know your place!!”๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟโ›ฐ

I love this plaque on the top of Goatfell, on a good day you can see all the way over to Northern Ireland, across the Firth to Bute and the mull of kintyre.๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐Ÿ’ช

For the hour I was up there I could not see further than 3 meters so it was not much use to me, but it was noce to at least imagine๐Ÿ˜‚

One day I will return to that peak and see across to Northern Ireland ๐Ÿ™Œ

What is the furthest location you have seen from the peak of Goatfell?? We would love to know๐Ÿ˜Š

Goatfell Plaque