Beinn Dubh - SOTA Summit GM/SS-090
by Aldo_2M0TXY » Sun May 15, 2011 9:50 pm
Route description: Beinn Dubh - Glen Striddle horseshoe, Luss
Grahams included on this walk: Beinn Dubh
Date walked: 14/05/2011
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 11.5 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Once the rolls were consumed I started the GPS track and launched Runkeeper, a great wee Android App that keeps track of my road to fitness then we set off for the wooden bridge that crosses over the A82. I was accompanied today by my walking partner and young nephew Scott, tagging along with us today were my daughter Linzi and wife Louise. Louise has missed the last two weeks as she was floored with the cold (a likely excuse) so this was going to be tough on her, Linzi however has been faithful to the cause and has stuck with us over the last few weeks.
Anyway, over the bridge past a really nice property on the right before negotiating a gate obviously designed to remind you how overweight you are, personally I think it was my large rucksack that was the problem We took a right at this point and headed over a stile and launched straight into a fairly steep climb.
We continued up the indisputable path through a grassy field full of sheep (I'm sure I heard them sniggering at us) and endured the cooing of Louise about the 'wee baby lambs' and 'Aaawwwwww, they're lovely' until we came to a gate which has a stile available?
Anyway, onwards and upwards... It's not long before you start to gain height and the views open up, the path is very obvious but already I find myself longing for the mode of transport we noticed in Luss before we set off.
At this point the path is bordered on both sides by bluebells and fern, the fern is small at the moment but I can't help thinking that given a few weeks you will be hard pushed to see much of anything, fortunately this section of path doesn't last long before you are out on the open hill. Our progress was slow as we are to fitness as Eddie the Eagle is to Ski Jumping, hopeless! We have already been overtaken by someone twice my age, he wasn't even out of breath, I thought I was dying! Incidentally, there wasn't much chat from Louise about poor wee lambs at this point, she was probably contemplating her poor wee lungs! Thank god none of us smoke...
Despite our slow pace, before we know it we are being rewarded by stunning views over Loch Lomond and the many islands at the Southern end of the Loch.
Already the walk has thrown up a few surprises, the first of which is why is Linzi, our reasonably fit 23 year old, not racing ahead as usual? Normally she is the pace maker and keeps us all on our toes. Apparently she's not feeling too good today, maybe she has the cold that caused so many problems for Louise over the last couple of weeks?
Louise is struggling today too, probably down to the two weeks of inactivity; Scott however is really enjoying himself, I'm really pleased that he has taken to the walking as he will undoubtedly become great company for me once the women lose interest ))
As we continue up the hill the ground starts to get really soggy underfoot, it's not long before I wish I had worn my gaiters as below my knees are soaking wet. There are many sections where we have to leave the path to skirt around marshy/boggy areas. The wind has also picked up now that we are on the open hill, coming in from the West at a rate of knots that nearly blew Louise over on several occasions.
Louise and I have split from Scott and Linzi by a few hundred meters so we decide to hold up and regroup. Once they rejoin us I managed to grab a great photograph of Scott taking in the view, looking over towards Conic Hill where our weekend hill walking started about four weeks ago.
As we head off we are met by a couple who overtook us a while back, they are heading back down now which reminds us just how unfit we really are, surely we will get better as time goes on?
We plod on and after a couple of false summits reach a fence line, I remember looking at the map and noticing that the fence wasn't too far from the top and this gives me an added boost so I trudge on picking up speed, cross a stile over the fence and head for the top, there's no stopping me n ow
I remember looking back to check that the rest of the family have crossed the stile safely as the wind was really fierce and I was worried about Louise being blown off her feet. They all negotiated the stile so I headed for the summit, mindful of my plans once I got there.
On reaching the cairn at the top the area was very bleak with little protection from the wind. I managed to tuck in behind a furrow and it wasn't long before I was joined by Scott, beaming from ear to ear as he slapped the cairn with delight and gave me a high five, another one bites the dust!
Scott told me that the girls had turned back as Linzi was feeling really unwell. I was gutted for them as they were probably about five minutes from the top. I was also gutted as Louise had the sandwiches in her pack, lesson learned there I can tell you
Scott and I are also involved with the Amateur radio community (Ham Radio) and we have started to collect points with a group called SOTA (Summits on the Air). This involves climbing hills and unpacking some radio equipment and attempting to make contact with other amateurs around the globe. We managed to make seven contacts from the summit of Beinn Dubh, three more than required to pick up the four points awarded for the hill.
There's nothing more to say about the walk other than to take in the views, enjoy the brief spell of sunshine and imagine how good the sandwiches might have tasted. Till the next time...
by lomondwalkers » Wed May 18, 2011 11:50 am
by ChrisW » Wed May 18, 2011 3:10 pm
Keep it up mate, it gets progressively easier over time
by bob e skunky » Wed May 18, 2011 8:15 pm
by hillwalker02 » Wed May 18, 2011 10:44 pm
Nice report with some lovely photo's and another two sota points in the bag.
I remember doing the hill a few years back and the hardest bit for me was having to carry my 31kg dog across
the wooden bridge over the A82 as she absolutely terrified.
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by LeithySuburbs » Wed May 18, 2011 11:02 pm
by dan_the_dingo » Thu May 19, 2011 8:53 pm
I wonder if your euromillions came up?
by Aldo_2M0TXY » Fri May 20, 2011 12:26 am
Things must be getting better as the next day I had none of the usual muscle pains, that must be progress.
My Euromillions didn't come up so the owners of the house at the bridge are safe for the moment
It's nice to see a couple of the guys I spoke to on the radio leave comments here as well.
There will be no hill walking for me this weekend as I am invigilating a Foundation Amateur Exam on Saturday, Scott will hopefully be licensed by the end of next week all going well. To make up for the lack of hill walking I will be walking home from work tomorrow, Glen Fruin to Balloch, 14 miles of exercise should make up for the lack of ascent this weekend.
We are heading off to the isle of Jura on Thursday for a week so we hope to tackle a couple of the hills there if the weather is half decent.
Cheers the noo...
by bob e skunky » Sat May 21, 2011 5:39 pm
Have you seen this other forum post