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Ben More - a pain-free option

Too often I’d looked up at Ben More, but too often I’d read the excruciating tales of those who had flogged up the unrelenting slope from Benmore Farm. It always reminded me of an image from Wainwright as he looked between his legs at an upside down version of Wasdale Head while slogging up the sout...
by old danensian
Fri May 14, 2010 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben More - a pain-free option
Replies: 4
Views: 4522

High Raise - a Lakeland spoke

Friday morning and the forecast said that cloud would be lifting by early afternoon and clearing completely later. You can only believe it and hope. High Raise was a top I’d never climbed, and when you look at a map you can see why it’s sometimes recognised as the central dome of the Lake District. ...
by old danensian
Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: High Raise - a Lakeland spoke
Replies: 1
Views: 3155

Longsleddale - and unfinished business with Kentmere

Long Sleddale I thought I must have been paying a penance for all those spectacular, sunny, snowy Scottish days. Now I was being reminded, for the second time in barely three weeks, what a typical Lakeland spring day could be like. Climbing the first slopes of Shipman Knotts, the first and lowest to...
by old danensian
Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:25 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Longsleddale - and unfinished business with Kentmere
Replies: 2
Views: 4758

Pike o' Blisco & Lingmoor Fell - Langdale beauties

Pike o' Blisco, for me, has been one of those ever-present yet never visited Lakeland tops for decades. It's been the backdrop to early climbs on Raven Crag and Gimmer, and has sat patiently in the wings as Crinkles and Bowfell have been ascended on numerous occasions. It's presence has always been ...
by old danensian
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Pike o' Blisco & Lingmoor Fell - Langdale beauties
Replies: 6
Views: 4586

Kentmere Horseshoe - a misty half

I'll just have to take everyone's word for it: an idyllic valley, precipitous east facing crags and enticing views across the Lakeland heights. I can concur with the bits about a great high level walk - at least for the first half of the horseshoe that I persisted with last Sunday. It had started wi...
by old danensian
Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:50 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Kentmere Horseshoe - a misty half
Replies: 2
Views: 3165

Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh - simply perfect

Two high level stretches on this walk made it an absolute delight, with the added bonus of perfect weather and the sense of being completely surrounded by magnificent scenery and future opportunities. The solitary early morning walk over firm frozen ground was a pleasure. While watching the shadows ...
by old danensian
Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh - simply perfect
Replies: 3
Views: 3811

Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Having driven up from Warwickshire to Glasgow on Saturday, the excitment was barely controlled when MWIS said there was an 80% chance of cloud free Munros where I was planning to go the next morning. So, this report is what the other 20% experienced. I know, it's not what probability theory and the ...
by old danensian
Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:13 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas
Replies: 3
Views: 3765

Festive Purge: Brownie Point Spend Part 2 - An Caisteal

Part 2: An Caisteal and Beinn a’ Chroin (Monday 4 January 2010) No prizes for noticing the error at the beginning of Part 1. In the old days we only used to make the mistake of writing the wrong date on the first few cheques of the year. I can’t remember the last cheque I wrote – “that’s ‘cos you’r...
by old danensian
Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Festive Purge: Brownie Point Spend Part 2 - An Caisteal
Replies: 1
Views: 3417

Festive Purge: Brownie Point Spend (Part 1)

Part 1: Beinn Narnain (Sunday 3 January 2009) With the weather forecast promising settled and cold conditions in Scotland for the coming days, I was getting my ducks in a row. I had an autumn-full of brownie points burning a hole in my rucksack quicker than any of the cash-happy granddaughters who ...
by old danensian
Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:07 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Festive Purge: Brownie Point Spend (Part 1)
Replies: 4
Views: 3746

Schiehallion - give it a break

Saturday 1 August Now I'll admit I was sceptical about this one. It had suffered from some mixed reviews - uninteresting; no enjoyment; only there and back. No, it's not spectacular. It's not got towering crags or scary precipitous ridges. But, hey, what do you expect? Schiehallion-01.jpg It's a hil...
by old danensian
Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:20 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Schiehallion - give it a break
Replies: 5
Views: 6146

Beinn a' Ghlo - stay east: start early

Thursday 30 July I had a sense that this could be bit of a race. The girl on the telly the night before suggested that bad weather would be pushing in from the west. So, the original plan of driving from Pitlochry to Ben Lawers was shelved. It would be far better to try something more local and that...
by old danensian
Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Beinn a' Ghlo - stay east: start early
Replies: 2
Views: 4538

Beinn Ime - so much for the early bird

Tuesday 28 July Heavy cloud hung like a brooding hoodie over the ridge coming down from Beinn Narnain. Unpromisingly, it was much lower than the shroud over Ben Lomond and Ptarmigan. The originally planned route over its ridge and through its upper crags and over to Beinn Ime had become more initimi...
by old danensian
Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:38 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Beinn Ime - so much for the early bird
Replies: 1
Views: 2860

Skye - three days out after a quarter of a century

Back on Skye for the first time in over 25 years - remembered when you sat on the ramp eating chips and working out how many trips the ferry would make before there was space for your car. On the island for a week - hopefully that meant three or four days hill time. Day 1 - Bla Bheinn - a much belat...
by old danensian
Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:43 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Skye - three days out after a quarter of a century
Replies: 15
Views: 13408

Ben Lui - with drips, trickles and streams

I hope belated reports aren't frowned upon. Having spent six weeks enjoying the site I've only just got round to registering and writing up my first report. Saturday saw five hours on the M6 and M74, alleviated by kebabs and cocktails at a bbq in Glasgow. Sunday saw us supervising the grandchildren ...
by old danensian
Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben Lui - with drips, trickles and streams
Replies: 1
Views: 3640
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