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Re: Twin twin tops

How damp was it? last time I went up that way I foolishly found myself in bog up to my thighs. The bog seemed dodgeable, we always found somewhere to put our feet, nothing anywhere near over-the-boot level. But it had been very dry for weeks, except for the Saturday 2 days before, when it rained al...
by TheTortoise
Thu May 05, 2022 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Twin twin tops
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Twin twin tops

We've been quite busy recently and climbing quite a few Grahams, so I've been posting only when I'm inspired or if we've noticed something worth reporting, that doesn't feature in anyone else's report. A new track and a missing gate this time. We parked just past the start of the track from near Cor...
by TheTortoise
Wed May 04, 2022 12:48 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Twin twin tops
Replies: 2
Views: 240

The year of broken bridges?

This day had amazing clear blue skies, little wind, and was far too warm for the winter clothes that I had packed a week ago at the start of our holiday. We'd been unsure about where we could park the van in Gleann Beag so had brought mountain bikes to use to get along the road and then as far as we...
by TheTortoise
Tue Mar 29, 2022 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The year of broken bridges?
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: Hunt Hill

So bring on the summer

Definitely bring on the summer. Or at least no gales.
Reading just some of your posts has made me aware of how much plane wreckage there is in the hills. Sobering but interesting. Enjoy Hunt Hill when you go.
by TheTortoise
Thu Feb 24, 2022 11:59 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Hunt Hill
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: Loch Lee and waterfalls. (Bridge above falls of Damff)

Congratulations on surviving the bridge! We chickened out, not being of such Indiana Jones material. We were lucky to find a broad flat bit of the river quite a bit further upstream, where the track meets the river, and we managed to cross over on thickish ice using spikes. Just been looking at the ...
by TheTortoise
Fri Feb 18, 2022 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Loch Lee and waterfalls. (Bridge above falls of Damff)
Replies: 3
Views: 3286

Hunt Hill

We were not sure if we were going to be doing this hill or not - the forecast for the day before was lots of snow and -5 on one forecast (do NOT drive up glen) and +3 and a little sleet on other forecasts (worth trying). So after finishing our visit in Fife, we checked the forecast again and decided...
by TheTortoise
Fri Feb 18, 2022 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Hunt Hill
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: A bothy for angels?

"Bothy" only half built when we visited in 2009, but although unroofed, it looked much more substantial than your normal shelter. Very belated reply - thanks for the information, it's interesting to find out more about the building. I have slightly edited my post so that it is not quite s...
by TheTortoise
Fri Oct 01, 2021 2:18 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A bothy for angels?
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: A bothy for angels?

You are right about the spiritual aspect! - it is a zendo, built for quiet meditation. When we came across it, there was a note asking people not to publicise its presence. Oops, we didn't see such a note. I think I'll edit my post a bit - just working out what to alter. A lot of work went into bui...
by TheTortoise
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:05 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A bothy for angels?
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Possibly my wettest Graham

Being retired, we usually choose our hillwalking expeditions to coincide with good weather. So although there was no torrential rain, and many people will have had far more challenging days on Grahams, this hill probably qualifies for us as one of our wettest hill days in the last decade. It was a h...
by TheTortoise
Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:00 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Possibly my wettest Graham
Replies: 1
Views: 347

A bothy for angels?

Four of us stayed on for a day after our first club weekend away in a hostel since the first lockdown. We were already buzzing from meeting people again, walking with them in the day and chatting in the evenings. Almost normal, even if we couldn't use the self-catering kitchen. This walk kept us ver...
by TheTortoise
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A bothy for angels?
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: At last, Beinn a'Chasgein Bheag

That design looks very like one I found on Ben More Coigach(2007), but although it looked like Andy Goldworth, we couldn't find out if he did it. People who have been up since have said it isn't still there, and as it was near the ridge, it would have been very visible(unlike yours on a slope). . H...
by TheTortoise
Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: At last, Beinn a'Chasgein Bheag
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Beinn na Ramh from Kinlochewe

The alternative route from Dosmuckeran was ruled out since it apparently involves lifting your bike over a locked gate, and we didn't want to wreck the Hare's back. We'd read that you can cycle from Incheril but there was no information about the quality of the track. I had visions of large cobbles ...
by TheTortoise
Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Beinn na Ramh from Kinlochewe
Replies: 0
Views: 317

At last, Beinn a'Chasgein Bheag

Finally , Bheinn a Chasgein Beag - and finally this report, which is rather delayed. This hill in particular had been preying on our minds for a long time. In the grand plan of doing the most remote Grahams while we still could, this one was thwarted in 2020 first by lockdown and then by a cycle bre...
by TheTortoise
Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:47 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: At last, Beinn a'Chasgein Bheag
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Callop Grahams

It seemed a perfect day for the Callop Grahams, sunny, clear, little wind. We set off for an anticlockwise circuit, along the Glen Cona path for a short way (thanks to Black Panther for this route). Then we cut across the glen and up onto the ridge to Meall nan Damh. One or two crags were easily byp...
by TheTortoise
Thu Sep 02, 2021 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Callop Grahams
Replies: 0
Views: 301

Re: Don't follow the guide!

Yet again we are following in your footsteps and using your route suggestions! Many thanks indeed for this one, a very straightforward way onto the hill. And for us, even the final gate was unlocked on the way out.
by TheTortoise
Thu Sep 02, 2021 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Don't follow the guide!
Replies: 7
Views: 2755
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