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Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)


Postby electricfly » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:17 pm

Hi guys, this is a thread I have been dreading to ever have to start. I'm appealing to anyone available tomorrow (Fri 28th Dec) to help me with a search on Ben Donich.

Earlier today I lost one of my springer spaniels on the hill. She was there one minute and while I was getting out my axe for the push to the summit she had vanished. I spent some time calling and searching the area but was forced off the hill due to failing light and snow moving in.

I'm pretty sure the chances are she has fallen into one of the deep cavities and may be unhurt but unable to climb out. For that reason I have to resume my search again in tomorrows light.

Because of the terrain I need to search, it would be better advised for me to have extra parties to assist. Anyone with rope experience would be an added bonus, but even if any hillwalkers would like to come and lend a hand searching the route that would be greatly appreciated.

I understand that everyone is busy with xmas and all, but if you think you could be of assistance please reply to the thread. Many thanks.

EF :(
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby gammy leg walker » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:20 pm

Jeez my heart sank reading this,sorry I cant help you,but my thoughts will be with you,hope it turns out well.
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby electricfly » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:28 pm

gammy leg walker wrote:Jeez my heart sank reading this,sorry I cant help you,but my thoughts will be with you,hope it turns out well.


Thankyou Gammy, It's tough having to head off the hill without her. :(
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby gammy leg walker » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:35 pm

electricfly wrote:
gammy leg walker wrote:Jeez my heart sank reading this,sorry I cant help you,but my thoughts will be with you,hope it turns out well.


Thankyou Gammy, It's tough having to head off the hill without her. :(



Hope you dont mind,but have posted this on FB on Talk Highlands to see if anyone there can help you,best of luck.
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby electricfly » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:42 pm

Sure I don't mind, grateful for that, thankyou.
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby laconic surf » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:45 pm

Mate that's heartbreaking. I tried to change something around to come and help but have not been able to. It may be no good to you but I should be able to go over on Saturday if the search continues to a second day. (I hope there's no need for this) Good luck for tomorrow, I really hope there is some good news.
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby electricfly » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:50 pm

Cheers LS I'll certainly update the thread whatever the outcome tomorrow.
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby andyfitz » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:02 pm

Sorry to hear that.

I have no rope skills but will drive up there and search route and general area. Confident can arrange cover at work and get up there as early as possible.
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby electricfly » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:13 pm

andyfitz wrote:Sorry to hear that.

I have no rope skills but will drive up there and search route and general area. Confident can arrange cover at work and get up there as early as possible.


That would be fantastic Andy. I could meet you at the old Little Chef on Dumbarton Rd and drive if thats easier?

Don't worry about the rope skills, I just need someone to belay me if necessary. Not planning on putting anyone at risk.

will message you my number.
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby spiderwebb » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:17 pm

Electricfly seen yr pics on the Mutts on Munros post, great, I have two Springers and lost one of mine for 4 days last year so I know exactly how you feel.
I'm in Inverness but I'll set off to be down for around 0900 hrs tomorrow. I'll PM my contact details just in case you get any good news to avoid unecessary travel.
I found mine and also found smeone elses, so heres hoping my luck may still be there.
I'll recheck yr post for details of exactly where and/or if you can provide them here would be great.

If u can PM back yr contact details too, do u want to meet up first ?

I have rope skills so will bring a 50' rope length and some hardware
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby spiderwebb » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:31 pm

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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby Lenore » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:38 pm

Oh no! Hope you find her electricfly!!!
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby tomyboy73 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:40 pm

best of luck with the search, fingers crossed
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby electricfly » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:52 pm

That would be brilliant Spider.

The area between Coire Culach and the NE summit approach is where I need to focus on, so I may need dropped into some of the slots to check.

9am(ish) at the WH route start point would be excellent, thankyou.
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Re: Search on Ben Donich (Rest and be Thankful)

Postby glyn » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:57 pm

VERY VERY best of luck ,sorry but im about 450 miles away but a dog owner !

ALL THE BEST
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