(Really) Wild Camping !!!
by steven65 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:32 pm
Route description: Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain
Date walked: 24/04/2011
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 13 km
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Anyway i decided to (try ) and do Beinn Tulaichean & Cruach Ardrain , then wild camp overnight & continue in the morning over to Ben More and Stob Binnein.
A plan was hatched , i saw the route elsewhere on the web - 2200 m & 18km a tall order for me , but with an overnight camp at height i thought , aye give it a bash.
Luckily i was off for all the Easter w/end , MWIS had advised of good weather , but then the forecast for Saturday changed to a poorer outlook , no probs though i won`t melt !!!
So all was set for Good Friday as i had a lunch time finish at work in sight . Wrong. I got away at 330pm ,drat & double drat ! , home , a quick coffee , changed , packed & off with Oskar in tow.
But i had a detour.........i`d discovered only the previous night that my tent was missing I went to get it from the shed & saw a vacant space where it should be , turned out my son had "borrowed" it last year to do T-in-the-park & hadn`t returned it -this i`d forgotten/overlooked. Fone calls over - said tent wasn`t at his house ,seemingly it may have not made it back from last years`T . It was only an old Eurohike dome tent & i`d certainly had my moneys worth out of it over the years , but i now had a problem-no tent. So i decided to get a new one after work , but my brother foned & said i could borrow his , great so a wee detour via Bannockburn to collect the tent , then off to Inverlochlarig.
By the time i arrived here & got underway it was the wrong side of 5pm b******* .
Time was now a problem , but i`d worry about that later - the sun was shinning away gloriously & a wee breeze helped cool things down. I took the route suggested here & thoroughly enjoyed the climb & the views opening with height , meeting & chatting with a group of 3 on their way down -the only people i saw.
Upwards & onwards i was feeling the pull , i`d not done a munro since 5/3 & the indulgancies of a recent holiday in NYC weren`t helping (i`ve put back on 7lbs - lost 2st last year).
Time now came into play. After Beinn Tulaichean the light was fading .
West towards Beinn a` Chroin / An Caisteal ??
I could see clearly over to Stob Binnein & Ben More , & realised i wouldn`t be going anywhere near them tonight
mmmmhhhh........thems far away !!!!!
Oskar on Beinn Tulaichean
I decided to cut my losses & camp a short distance before Cruach Ardrain.
I was very hungry , time to get the tent up & fire up my gas burner for tea , cumberland sausages - which by now would have defrosted & a tin of heinz beans great .
This was when things went wrong , terminally wrong
I unpacked my brother Eddies tent - which was new & apparently hadn`t been used - ever.
Lo and behold no tent pegs none.
I donned my head torch in an effort to "shed light on the situation " - check , check , yes NO tent pegs
To calm me down i fired up the gas burner & made tea as we both needed to eat , despite being totally sick with no tent pegs i really enjoyed the sausages , as did Oskar.
What to do next ???? Fone for a helicopter ?? (there was no signal ) Walk off the hill ?? I had a hand torch as well as my head torch & spare batteries , but that would have been calling it a day .
Well i decided to rough it , I had an emergency rescue bag in my rucksack , so i unwrapped it put my sleeping bag inside & climbed in I was pleased with this & had a celebratory can of cider as a post dinner drink , it was just before 11pm & quite clear a starry night - all was well i was nice & cosy in my bright orange cocoon.
This worked really well.................untill Lionel Ritchie - " All Night Long " & the rain Gods came out on the night shift I could have wept.
So Oskar joined me inside the emergency bag , it`s roomy enough for a full grown standard schnauzer & a "fully grown" man. Cosy.
I hope as you read this part you are laughing , i really do.If someone had told me this story i`d be bent over double.
It was my own fault , i didn`t check the tent i`d borrowed, i should have checked my own in advance not just the night before i was due to go away. I`m sure some of you on here have forgotten more vital items & for any newish type members (a wee bit like me 13 months + now ) you must be prepared for anything.
Theres no 24 hr stores open at 3000ft for the little things you`ve left at home.
So after a fairly rough night i got up at 530am , i`d considered walking off , but decided to continue & summit Cruach Ardrain .
Oskar on Cruach Ardrain
But Ben More and Stob Binnein were most definately cancelled for another day , i`ll probably redo them from Inverlochlarig just like 2 dalmations did on Good Friday -but hopefully in the sun shine
I quite enjoyed going onto Cruach Ardrain , it lifted my spirits after being a bit low & was easier as i`d left my rucksack on the trail below. There were no views from the summitt as the fotos of Oskar show , but i didn`t feel robbed by that , it was an achievement in the circumstances. On the way down i veered down towards Inverlochlarig Glen rather than go back over Beinn Tulaichean , it was very wet , but it was ALL downhill & brought us onto the track/road out.
The glen was pretty much closed in with very low cloud , no views at all.
Glen Inverlochlarig on the way out.
I wouldn`t have wanted to climb Ben More & Stob Binnein in these conditions , so if the tent situation hadn`t happened i`d probably have walked out anyway.
A wee stop in Callander for a fresh coffee then home for a wee sleep.
So looking back today Sunday- yesterdays weather ( Saturday ) improved greatly later in the day after a very dire morning.
Hopefully it`s Bridge of Orchy area on Easter Monday.
by ChrisW » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:42 pm
by pollyh33 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 2:55 pm
I'm so sorry but I did laugh...a lot!!!
Guess who'll be double checking our kit next time???
I know about missing equipment. Our kids and their friends treat our sleeping bag supply as a free for all!!! You might get them back eventually but they are so rank- usually with dirty socks and underwear left in them!!! Last time we were camping in Glen Nevis we had to make an emergency trip to Blacks for new sleeping bags!!( Now hidden at the back of a cupboard!!)
Look forward to your next report, especially to see Oskar!
by tomyboy73 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:53 pm
by Border Reiver » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:44 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:26 pm
by Alan S » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:28 pm
Im sure you will get it right for your next trip
Fair play to you for making the best of it, hope your next outing goes more smoothly
by yokehead » Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:29 pm
I'm very impressed that you carried on to Cruach Adrain despite your awful night - following best mountaineering tradition!
And the photo of Oskar at the summit sums it all up beautifully, just fantastic (poor Oskar!). Hope he's recovered now!
Report of the month for me.
by jimandandrea » Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:51 pm
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by steven65 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:18 pm
We all need a wee bit of a lifting now & again & it`s nice to see that my Ealing comedy type walk did that.
But it was a 1 off (hopefully) and there`ll be no repeats.
I`ll certainly take more time to prepare for future outings.
Incidentally Oskar & i had a great day out today - Easter Monday - on Beinn a'Chreachain and Beinn Achaladair in total sunshine with no rain visible for miles and miles . It was fabulous , i`d recommend it to everyone especially on a fine day.