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My better instincts
by AJMullen » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:55 pm
Route description: Ben Venue from Loch Achray
Grahams included on this walk: Ben Venue
Date walked: 18/03/2011
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 725mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Take one durquhart forgot his hat, take two forgot his gloves, take three good to go........ at last
So two minutes in and we could see Ben Venue from a distance covered in snow, another sign to turn back and possibly do Ben Ann, which was clear.
So we made it up through the forest and onto the north side of Gleann Riabhach and back into the trees.
So up through the Sitka spruces and we emerge into the valley, or should I say the snow covered valley. Thankfully there was a guy thirty years our senior making tracks in front of us. Again we press ahead still feeling the urge to turn back. By this point I gave up on the directions and the map of the walk as there was no path. We make it up to the rocky crag and time for lunch, just as our unofficial guide packs up and heads on. So we make it to the lowest part of the ridge celebrating we reached the top. How wrong were we haha.
So we scrambled up to the left hoping the trig point was just at the top, no such luck. We kept walking but the weather started closing in so with the first common sense decision we turned around and headed down. It was just as hard the way down there was still a foot and a half of snow per step to walk through. Thanks Urquhart for taking the lead (like hell) . So just as we get to the gap in the fence it starts snowing/raining.
Well as we agreed we need to come back to do this again, eventually!!! But I think from Ledard farm I I hope it's no as boggy than this walk, considering I ended up knee deep in mud, even with all the snow. Onwards and upwards and there's plenty more to pick from. Since this I went onto Ben Lomond tallk about a totally different walk!
by ChrisW » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:30 pm
by rockhopper » Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:05 pm
by durquhart » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:01 am
As you said we'll get to the top some other time but we'll move onto the next challange in the meantime
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