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Winter Munro thoughts....

Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby gman » Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:42 pm

Or you could have a look at some easy winter climbs.

http://scottishwinterroutes.com/
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby kaye.cantlay » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:17 pm

looks great man....but maybe not solo
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby kaye.cantlay » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:18 pm

gman not man - sorry - predictive texting - I hate it!
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby jmarkb » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:34 pm

kaye.cantlay wrote:I'm pretty much resigned to Corbetts now though - my remaining Munros don't really lend themselves to January walking - if it's not the roads, it's the terrain, or the long walk in in unfeasibly deep snow!


Are you really averse to repeating hills? There must be some you haven't done in winter, or didn't get a view from, or can be done by a different route.....
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby kaye.cantlay » Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:41 pm

no - not averse to repeating hills - and I have done already.
There are several I have ear-marked to repeat in better conditions, by different routes, in winter etc

But I do also love ascending new ones, I do love the voyage of discovery, the navigation etc, and I very much want to compleat the Munros - and as I live south of the border, my time up here is scarce and I have to select what is most important to me at a given time!

I walked all the Wainwrights in a similar determined fashion, but now regularly rewalk whatever takes my fancy - and love it
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby jmarkb » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:00 pm

Sorry, on rereading my post, it was a bit rude!

What I meant to say was: don't beat yourself up about lack of bagging progress, just get out and enjoy yourself! Memories are worth more than ticks in the long run. Sounds like you had a great day on Fionn Bheinn: it's a good hill for this time of year.
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby gman » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:34 pm

kaye.cantlay wrote:gman not man - sorry - predictive texting - I hate it!


Both work. Hopefully the snow will be consolidated soon and we're getting more daylight so you'll have more options.
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby kaye.cantlay » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:38 pm

I'm very much enjoying myself jmarkb
:-)
And it isn't all about Munros - though clearly that would be my first choice if feasible.....

I walked Ben Vrackie on Saturday - one I'd intended to get to for a while.
Exhausted myself on Moruisg on Sunday.
Found a doddle of a corbett on Monday - Geal Charn Mor - that was perfect for a day of almost zero visibility - and in such conditions, not nearly such a doddle
And today - Fionn Beinn.

I'm just playing it by ear.
:-)
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby kaye.cantlay » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:39 pm

gman - agreed

Though last year I naively thought by March we would be into 'spring'
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:51 pm

kaye.cantlay wrote:Mal - I climbed Fionn Bheinn today - it was absolutely fantastic.

Not at all 'easy' in deep snow, but I was treated to a cloud inversion, and the most spectacular views ever.

It was a fantastic lunch stop at the summit, and has made the entire week!



Brilliant, glad you enjoyed some great sounding conditions! Deep snow makes it all feel so much like "mountaineering" and definitely adds even more satisfaction at the end of the day, as well as more aches.

Hope you took some photos and we get to see a report in due course! Enjoy the rest of your week.
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:24 pm

kaye.cantlay wrote:I walked Ben Vrackie on Saturday - one I'd intended to get to for a while.


Me too, and an enjoyable leg stretch it was :) .

There are a few websites which list some slightly more sporting winter walks/climbs - http://scottishwinterroutes.com, http://www.climber.co.uk/articles/destinations/10-easy-scottish-winter-classics.html, http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5947. Might provide some inspiration.
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby prog99 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:46 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:
kaye.cantlay wrote:I walked Ben Vrackie on Saturday - one I'd intended to get to for a while.


Me too, and an enjoyable leg stretch it was :) .

There are a few websites which list some slightly more sporting winter walks/climbs - http://scottishwinterroutes.com, http://www.climber.co.uk/articles/destinations/10-easy-scottish-winter-classics.html, http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5947. Might provide some inspiration.

I've done a fair few of those. They are mostly a bit beyond your average munro bagger.
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby kaye.cantlay » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:35 pm

well beyond me as an often solo Munro bagger!!

Will add them to my list of aspirations though.
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby pjm1 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 1:20 am

Bit of a random thought - do you ski? You could hire some touring skis to do the flat bits in and out of some of the longer ones?
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Re: Winter Munro thoughts....

Postby kaye.cantlay » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:41 am

pjm - I do ski, but have never tried ski touring.

I climbed Ben Macdui yesterday and there were loads of people ski-touring - seemingly effortlessly up to the top - compared to me anyway.
Walking it took most of the daylight available, and was utterly exhausting (but fun!).

Really must think about trying out ski touring!!

There was also a group wearing snow shoes on the ascent - who also seemed to be making the whole thing look a lot less hard work....
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