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Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....


Postby pollyh33 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:28 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Dubhchraig

Grahams included on this walk: Fiarach

Date walked: 08/06/2011

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.....I didn't follow the very clear guidance given by the forum and its users!

This was to be my first attempt at solo walking and I so wanted to get it right. I was going to climb Dubhcraigh and maybe even Oss, oh yes I was that optimistic! I arrived at Dalrigh on a bright sunny morning and had remembered everything I needed for the walk. Got myself organised and pounced on one of the very few people I would see that day got him to take my photo.
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That's me feeling so optimistic!


Crossed over the WHW and was offered a chance by two gentlemen to walk with them down to Crianlarich, I politely declined and carried on. When I got to the gate over the railway line I checked the route and carried on along the path which in my mind veered to the right. I couldn't understand why people had said that the path gets really boggy here- it looked fantastic to me- that's because I was still on the landrover track!!! Still I carried on until I came to a locked gate warning of shooting!!! Yikes!!
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No-one mentioned this in their reports!


Got my OS map out and lo and behold, I wasn't where I should be- drat!
The smart thing to do would go back and pick up the correct path but I decided just follow the fenceline to the top. It was a bit marshy but apart from the frog that I speared with my walking pole- ooops :o it was quite easy.
From the top of the forest I headed towards the nearest peak , which turned out to be Fiarach and once I disentangled myself from loads of old fence wire, I enjoyed really amazing views. And there in the distance was Dubhcraigh! What an eejit! Had a wee laugh to myself, enjoyed my Snickers and headed back down the way I came.


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Nice view

And what did I see as I approached the gate at the railway? The correct path!!! If only I paid closer attention to the guide :?

Got home and had a message from Gagfax asking how it had gone. I confessed my stupid error and he kindly offered to walk it with me a few days later. Now given that he knows Dubhcraigh like the back of his hand and I struggle to know my a**e from my elbow I took up his very kind offer.

And so we met up on Wednesday and climbed it properly. He brought wit, wisdom and youth and I brought...sweeties!
Here are some of the photos...

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A shoogly bridge

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Slightly misty conditions

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So this is the top of Dubhcraigh!!


It was a bit dreich at the top but eventually the mist cleared and we were rewarded with some smashing views of Loch Lomond and Loch Oss.
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The weather continued to improve as we headed back to the carpark but it was still a bogfest. I gave up trying to keep clean and just trawled through it all as best as I could.

It was a fantastic day out and I'm eternally grateful to Garry (Gagfax) for pointing a daft old woman in the right direction. :lol:
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:38 pm

Repent for your sins oh sinfull one :D
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:43 pm

And my penance is???
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:41 pm

Ah a lady of the cloth? As you show sorrow repentance is forgiven :D On a serious note don't worry about going the wrong way, we've all done it.The main thing is you realised you were on the wrong track and amended it and you still managed a Munro and a Graham, well done :)
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby Graeme D » Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:46 pm

I love the title! :lol: And getting Fiarach is a real bonus too - even if you didn't set out to get it. One of my favourite Grahams that one! :D
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:58 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:Ah a lady of the cloth? As you show sorrow repentance is forgiven :D On a serious note don't worry about going the wrong way, we've all done it.The main thing is you realised you were on the wrong track and amended it and you still managed a Munro and a Graham, well done :)


Thanks for that JC (very apt!)

I thought you were going to make me self-flagellate with the straps from my compass!!
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:00 pm

Graeme Dewar wrote:I love the title! :lol: And getting Fiarach is a real bonus too - even if you didn't set out to get it. One of my favourite Grahams that one! :D


Thanks Graeme. Yeah smashing views from the top. :lol:
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:04 pm

When you're on landrover tracks look out for small cairns marking the spot to leave the track. If i recall i think that track has one. Though allways check with the map first before leaving a track.
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:07 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:When you're on landrover tracks look out for small cairns marking the spot to leave the track. If i recall i think that track has one. Though allways check with the map first before leaving a track.


Thanks JC

There is so much I need to learn about hill-walking if I want to go out on my own :?
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:14 pm

No problem, you'll learn as you go and pick up little tips along the way and if you're like me you'll learn from your mistakes. I'm sure you'll also get good advice when needed from the more experianced walkers on this site if required.
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:28 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:No problem, you'll learn as you go and pick up little tips along the way and if you're like me you'll learn from your mistakes. I'm sure you'll also get good advice when needed from the more experianced walkers on this site if required.


Oh I'll be asking, you can be sure of that. I think Gagfax is probably lying down in a darkened room trying to recover from my endless questions :lol:
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby AlisonFox66 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:37 pm

I recall a group of twelve walkers making your mistake .Most of us were very experienced and should have known better .
How twelve people can miss a marker cairn I don't know ............
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby rockhopper » Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:38 pm

:lol: :lol: enjoyed reading your story - bet we've all done something similar from time to time :shh: :think: ....we just don't all admit to it 8) glad you enjoyed it though and you're learning as you go :thumbup:
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby Del246 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:03 pm

We all make mistakes ! At least that's 2 new hills you have done ! Good report and pics. I always like your headlines !!
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Re: Forgive me walkers for I have sinned....

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:01 pm

AlisonFox66 wrote:I recall a group of twelve walkers making your mistake .Most of us were very experienced and should have known better .
How twelve people can miss a marker cairn I don't know ............



Oops 12 people! Don't feel so bad now :D Thanks Alison
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