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Ben Donich

Ben Donich


Postby Caledonia84 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:13 pm

Route description: Ben Donich, via Rest and Be Thankful

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Donich

Date walked: 21/04/2011

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 7.5 km

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I'm fairly new to hill walking and decided on Ben Donich after looking it up on this very helpfull site, so firstly thanks for the detailed information and walk reports I read before going up, they gave me a great insight into what to expect.

I left from Glasgow at 11am and arrived around 12:15 ish quick tip though stop when you see this
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I didn't see it and ended up following a pretty dodgy track in my not so offroad worthy hatch back and ended up in a restricted Quarry! Thres no clear car park or anything and there was no other cars so I wasn't sure where to park. Anyway I left the car where I thought was ok and set off, it was now around 1ish and the weather was still great.

The initial asscent is a well defined path which is straight forward to follow but is steep enough to get the lactic acid burning in the thighs quite quickly.
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Once through the style the path becomes less defined it was a very nice day but the grass was still a bit boggy and muddy in places, I wouldn't recomend climbing this in any thing other than good hiking boots as trainers might give you problems. The steep ascent doesn't relax any after going through the style and gives your legs a good workout as you continue up the route however you are quickly rewarded with stunning views of the cobbler and the other corbetts and munros around the area.
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The ascent gradually becomes less steep yet still muddy in places kept thinking this wouldn't be as enjoyable a walk in bad weather, gladly for me it was great weather and was forecast to stay that way, further on it becomes less green and muddy but more Bracken and craggy.
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As the walk began to level out a bit I met a fellow walker (the only other person on the corbet), then could see in the distance that my legs would soon be burning again as the ascent looked like it was about get steeper again!
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As I gritted my teeth and slowly began to work my way up the sudden change in elevation I kept looking over to my left and was getting some great views of the Cobbler and Ben Lomond, I climbed Ben Lomond last year so was allready thinking about my next adventure which I think will be the Cobbler.
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After a while I came to a very rocky section where I actually had to do a little bit of climbing! I wasn't expecting this but was very pleased as it mixed things up a bit.
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After another short but steep climb the walk really levelled out the last section is by far the easiest to walk but the path really isn't clear, not enough to get you lost or anything though. The triangulation point gradually comes into view for the first time and it doesn't take long to get there
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Overall this was good walk and has definately got me intersted in doing a LOT more, my first experience put me off for a good few years, I climbed Ben Nevis, Sca fell, and Snowdone in 24 hours for charity not fully understanding what I was letting myself in for, lets just say it became a living hell as I wasn't fit enough but was determind to finish took me about a week to recover! So now I will stay within my limitations and gradually build up to doing it again where I can enjoy the experience.

This is my first post, review and introduction all at once, hopefully you enjoy it and hopefully others will find it usefull, I apoligise if the pictures are lacking in quality I took them on my phone.
Last edited by Caledonia84 on Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Caledonia84
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Re: Ben Donich

Postby ChrisW » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:38 pm

Hey Caledonia84, welcome to the site - that's a great first report and some bloody good pics from a phone camera so no apology necessary.looks a nice walk too with a bit of a scramble thrown in. Congratulations on coming back to it after your first outing, reckon that would have put me off for life :lol:
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Re: Ben Donich

Postby Caledonia84 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:55 pm

Thanks Chris, really enjoyed it, wont be going abroad on holiday for a few years now I've realised what I have on my doorstep, with the money I'll save I think I'll buy a decent SLR camera!

Will hopefully do a few more next week will put up reports as I plod along
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Re: Ben Donich

Postby tomyboy73 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:37 pm

nice report man, i climbed this on my birthday las year and rushed it because it was at night, will defo go back there again
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