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an evening on nevis

an evening on nevis


Postby mgmt! » Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:54 pm

Munros included on this walk: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range), Aonach Mor, Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Sgurr Choinnich Mor, Stob Ban (Grey Corries), Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh

Date walked: 23/04/2011

Time taken: 13 hours

Distance: 20.2 km

Ascent: 2895m

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easter weekend and myself and mountain thyme fancied a big walk with some wild camping, we set of from glasgow on friday afternoon and left the car park at the top of glen nevis at 6ish. we set of through the gorge past steall waterfall heading for the foot of meall a bhuirich. we set up camp by the stream at 243699, no sooner had we finnished dinner the predicted rain started and seemed to last most of the night.
we set off next morning at 8 am with the steep accent of meall a bhuirich,s south west slopes, with cloud level about 600 metres there wasnt mutch to see as we arrived at the first munro of the day stob ban. theres a steep decent west before heading north to the second munro stob choire claurigh. we headed west over the ridge but were dissapointed that we couldnt see anything, visibility down to about 50 metres. we crossed a few tops reaching the third munro stob choire laoigh. a quick decent and accent over stob choire essain to the forth munro of sgurr choinnich mor. the cloud started to break and we could get a look back over the ridge we just crossed.
we were now heading for the aonach,s, so we contoured round sgurr choinnich beag, there is a path that saves you the full assent and we reached the bealach with stob coire bhealaich. there is supposed to be a path of sorts up the east side but it looked too rocky, so we headed for a notch and scrambled up slowly to gain the path over and up to aonach beag. the summit cairn just visable in the last of the snow. we dropped down to a bealach and had some grub before walking over the plateau to aonach mor. we retraced our way south before decending steeply again to the bealach with carn mor dearg.
our plan was to camp here and complete the walk tomorrow, it was 6 20pm, but mt fancied continuing and trying to get to the glen nevis campsite and a few beers tonight, tall order i thought, but we went for it, heading up the east ridge to carn mor dearg. its now 7 20 pm and all thats left is ben nevis via the arete ! we had good views as we walked over the arete but the legs were going on the final pull up to the summit of the ben. it was 9pm lots of snow still on the summit so we decided to stay on the summit overnight and head down first thing. i couldnt be bothered setting up the tent so we opted for the emergency shelter instead, absolute bliss, out of the cold wind with a wood base for sleeping we made dinner and had a few drinks contemplating the long day just had. i had a look outside before sleep to see a star filled sky and the lights of fort william and surrounding villages . but a clear sky meant a cold night and my two season bag was tested to the limit.
morning came and the clear sky went as we decended the tourist path in thick clag, a quick wash, a visit to macdonalds before watching the old firm game before heding back to glasgow. a top weekend by all accounts :D
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aview back towards campsite from meall a bhuirich
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me and mountain thyme on stob ban
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stob coire an laoigh from stob coire essain
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nice rock formation on north side of the grey correis ridge
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sgurr choinnich mor
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from carn mor dearg towards the arete
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mountain thyme on the arete
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finished ! 9pm on the summit of ben nevis

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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby monty » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:47 pm

Top class effort MGMT and MT. No wonder your legs were feeling it on the ascent to the Ben. Thats a big day in anyones book. :D
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby rockhopper » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:56 pm

Well done to both of you on completing that walk - it's a lot of ascent so no wonder you were feeling it :D

Guess you can do all the planning you like but you can never know exactly what the weather will deal you - great stuff 8)
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby Milesy » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:32 pm

You are a sadist Michael :lol:
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:34 pm

monty wrote:Top class effort MGMT and MT. No wonder your legs were feeling it on the ascent to the Ben. Thats a big day in anyones book. :D


good report... well done... Legs are still feeling it! Glad i had today off to recover. Struggled with the Saturday especially carrying a full pack! :(
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby ChrisW » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:36 pm

goddamn you guys must have legs like tree trunks :lol:
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:50 pm

rockhopper wrote:Well done to both of you on completing that walk - it's a lot of ascent so no wonder you were feeling it :D

Guess you can do all the planning you like but you can never know exactly what the weather will deal you - great stuff 8)


cheers rockhopper.. was the hardest day ive had in the hills so far!
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:53 pm

ChrisW wrote:goddamn you guys must have legs like tree trunks :lol:


wobbily tree trunks by the end of it ... and didnt even get a seat in the pub in fort william afterwards..had to stand
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby dooterbang » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:44 pm

Great effort, very impressive.

Shame about the weather though.

Glad to see MT had the final say in pushing for the Ben , woman are always correct :)
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby mgmt! » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:57 pm

Milesy wrote:You are a sadist Michael :lol:

im just getting fit for the skye weekend milesy, hope your keeping your fitness levels up big guy, dont want to be carrying you over the ridge !
thanks monty
rockhopper, according to naismith i think we should have done it in about 8 hours, he must walk at some speed that guy, but we had full weekend camping gear ( or one of us did !!).
chrisw, mountain thyme said she had legs of steel, think thats what makes her so slow !
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby mountain thyme » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:31 pm

mgmt! wrote:[chrisw, mountain thyme said she had legs of steel, think thats what makes her so slow !


thought i did ok considering it was 8 munros.... and i wasnt the one wanting to camp after the 6th one!!!!
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby Milesy » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:30 pm

mgmt! wrote:
Milesy wrote:You are a sadist Michael :lol:

im just getting fit for the skye weekend milesy, hope your keeping your fitness levels up big guy, dont want to be carrying you over the ridge !
thanks monty
rockhopper, according to naismith i think we should have done it in about 8 hours, he must walk at some speed that guy, but we had full weekend camping gear ( or one of us did !!).
chrisw, mountain thyme said she had legs of steel, think thats what makes her so slow !


Yeah been rattling back into the leg work recently. Done an easy speed round of the Aonach Eagach today including powering back to the start on foot without hitching a lift. Getting ridge fit!
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:20 am

Great effort and stamina you two, you are fairly getting through the Munros. Can't you start doing Corbetts and Grahams to let the rest of us mere mortals catch up? :D
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby yokehead » Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:47 am

Wow, what an epic, great stuff. Like the style with the camp on the Ben! :D 8)
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Re: an evening on nevis

Postby Klaasloopt » Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:20 pm

Love it! :thumbup:
Will go there ASAP! Nice, clarifying pix of arrete.

Great fun MT's remark that she wasn't the one who wanted to go camping. I guess that's because she wasn't carrying the bedding:
mgmt! wrote:with a wood base for sleeping :D

:lol:
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