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Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope

Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope


Postby GariochTom » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:47 pm

Route description: Ben Hope

Munros included on this walk: Ben Hope

Date walked: 10/06/2011

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 6.5 km

Ascent: 898m

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First view of Ben Hope

After a 5 hour drive from Aberdeenshire, much of it on single track roads, we all arrived at the start point, a couple of kilometres north of Alltnacaillach on the 'Road to Desolation'.

The route up was pointed out by a very helpful sign – 'Way up Ben Hope'. We went up what was initially half stream, half path, but soon were on firmer ground and gained enough height to enjoy expansive views down Strath More.

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Strath More

Eventually we reached the broad terraced slopes that lead up to the summit. Each of a series of cairns made me think that I was nearing the summit as I approached the cairn on the horizon, but as I got closer I realised that there was still plenty of hill left! Perhaps that's why it's called Ben Hope – its false tops give you false hope....

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On the way up

Higher up, there were great views alongside the mountain, towards and beyond Loch Hope. However the mountain itself blocked views further north and east, so I was keen to press onward and higher, for even greater vistas.

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Loch Hope

Finally, both a cairn and a trig point came in sight – not a false hope this time! I increased my speed to reach the top so that I could spend some time alone there before I was joined by other walkers who were not far behind.

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The summit, not a False Hope!

There were outstanding views in all directions, most notably towards Ben Loyal behind several lochs, and towards the Kyle of Tongue, the Rabbit Islands and the cold North Sea beyond.

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Panorama from Ben Hope

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Ben Loyal and Kyle of Tongue

I tried to spot Tongue Youth Hostel, where we would be staying that night, at the end of the causeway over the Kyle, but couldn't quite make it out.

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Kyle of Tongue

Ben Klibreck, with its whale back outline, was clearly visible – we hoped to be tackling that one sometime over the weekend.

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Ben Klibreck

We admired the 360 degrees of views and took almost as many photographs, until we were getting too cold to linger on the windy summit any longer, then reluctantly descended back to the cars.

An excellent walk, where many false hopes lead to very real Ben Hope!


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Re: Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope

Postby monty » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:26 am

Nice photos Gariochtom. Done this in terrible weather. The path up and down was a river :lol: No views from the top either so nice to see them. :D
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Re: Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope

Postby ChrisC1990 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:46 am

Some excellent photos here GariochTom! I'm visiting family in Oyne at Chistmas - so not too far from Chapel of Garioch where I'm guessing you're from - do you have any recommendations for nearby Munros that are good this time of year? I was tempted to head for Mount Keen with a few of them as I've got a fair bit of experience in the Alps but they don't really have much, so I'm not sure about the Cairngorms that time of year!
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Re: Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope

Postby foggieclimber » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:07 am

Nice report.
It's been a long time since I went up Ben Hope so good to see it again.
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Re: Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope

Postby GariochTom » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:11 pm

Thanks all :)

ChrisC - I'm not quite in Chapel of Garioch, but not too far away in the 'Heart of the Garioch'!

Mount Keen is probably a good option for a Christmas-time munro - but equally some in the Cairngorms such as Bynack More would be do-able provided there's not too much snow and provided that the snow/ice doesn't necessitate the use of ice axe and crampons! I'm sure others on this site can give you better advice about suitable hills to do in the winter though.

I assume you've done Bennachie before...?!
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Re: Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:24 pm

Great report Tom. Those false summits are a real bummer!!!

Well worth the effort though when you are rewarded with such amazing views :D
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Re: Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope

Postby ChrisC1990 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:53 am

Thanks Tom, yeah I think Bennachie was the first hillwalk I ever did! A good one for boxing day if the weather's good!
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