Sidewinders Compleation - Ben More on the Isle of Mull!!

Route: Ben More (Mull) from Dhiseig

Munros: Ben More (Mull)

Date walked: 08/10/2016

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 10km

Ascent: 1000m

I met Gordon around 5 years ago in Ullapool at one of our hillwalking club meet ups. We became friends and through the years did some crazy epic walks in all weathers, the nine Fannichs springs to mind. A 13.5hr slog in atrocious conditions, but we loved it!

From a novice Gordon went on to do numerous courses. He gave up his time to provide free training for others, this gave people skills to be better equipped when in the mountains/hills. He also gave up his own successful painting business to concentrate on working outdoors.

It was now time for Gordon to compleat the Munros, he had chosen Ben More on Mull for the final one. Invited to this wonderful event was a core group of old walking friends from our many walks, plus a few Gordon had met the last two years.

We all met at Tobermory Camping site, actually two mile outside Tobermory, the Saturday morning.

At noon 8 of us set off to scale Ben More, one of us being young Daniel Smith aged 12 who at the age of 9 was the youngest person to compleat the Munros. He now climbs for team GB. Four would stay behind to do some climbing, but would meet for the meal later that night in Tobermory.

Gordon leading the way

Great views looking back to the sea.

Leonide and Gordon (the 2nd) taking in the wonderful views.


Ben More is pretty straightforward and within no time we found ourselves on the final pull to the summit.

An alternative route to the summit which involves a grade 1 scramble.

Nearing the top.

It was good banter all the way up, and good to catch up with old friends and chat with new ones.



And finally around 14.00pm Saturday 8th October 2016 Gordon summited his 282nd Munro.

Congratulations given and a few beers opened.


Also on the summit and doing her final Munro was this solo lady – well done!

We stayed on the summit for around 30 minutes and took in the magnificent views.




And then we began the journey back to the cars – sea views ever present.


Enjoyed some interesting chat with the other Gordon, he teaches at the school I went to in the East End of Glasgow.

It was done!! Back at Gordon’s T5 convertible.


We had finished around 16.00pm. We all made our way back to the campsite to shower and change before heading to Tobermory for a tasty Indian.


The food was really good, and Gordon kindly picked up the bill…so we all made sure we ordered lots :wink: . Alcohol was bought from the local co – op as it was a BYOB. The banter flowed!


After our meal we went to one of the local pubs for a few beers, the four that climbed would meet us here. Graeme and Fi had 8 month old Zander with them, he had done his first Munro not long ago.


Zander and I seemed to be getting on really well – a future walking buddy :) I was actually surprised I didn’t freak out as I’m not used to babies at all!!



Gordon, David, & Gunda. Was an international group with a German, South African, couple of English folk and us Scots.

Me getting ready to leave the pub, and that isn’t a self-portrait…and I didn’t steal the vase!!

Gordon and I had decided to walk in the dark back to the campsite, 2 miles uphill. We had a great laugh on route, but that converse and those photos are safely stored in a vault for future blackmail :lol:

Back at the campsite a few folk stayed up until 1.00am. I was in my tent at 11.00pm, 2 beers had done the damage…although I hardly slept!

In the morning Gordon heated up lots of pies for breakfast, he also cut his cake up and dished it out.
Most folk would do their own thing today. Gordon, Rab, and I decided on a coastal walk near the ferry port. What a great morning it was! And what a lovely leisurely stroll we had along the coastline.




Gordon testing out his new camera and tri-pod, he’s keen on spotting wildlife.

We drove to the ferry and just by luck we caught an earlier one and were last ones on it.

Being a nice day we stayed up on deck and took in the views.




Once docked at Oban we said our goodbyes and drove back home.

Gordon with his compleation cake which his wife Hazel had organised….I’m eating my piece as I write this :D

The cake.

Simply a fantastic weekend spent with old and new friends walking with Gordon to do his final Munro. The weather was fantastic, the food was great, the banter had us all laughing constantly, and even the weather played ball. Gordon and I agreed to meet up for more walks this winter.

Well done mate :clap:

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Location: Glasgow
Occupation: Mental Health Nursing
Interests: Hillwalking, Running, Cycling, Cinema, Music. Comedy.
Activity: Mountain Walker
Pub: Kintail Lodge
Mountain: Stac Polly
Place: Assynt
Gear: Balaclava
Camera: Panasonic Lumix TZ40
Ideal day out: Early Start. Ridge Walk. Scrambling. Plenty of Ascent. Love long days in the hills and epic walks.
Ambition: complete a round.

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