Many false hopes lead to Ben Hope
by 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
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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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ben Klibreck, with its whale back outline, was clearly visible – we hoped to be tackling that one sometime over the weekend.
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!
by ChrisC1990 » Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:46 am
by foggieclimber » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:07 am
It's been a long time since I went up Ben Hope so good to see it again.
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by GariochTom » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:11 pm
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...?!
by pollyh33 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:24 pm
Well worth the effort though when you are rewarded with such amazing views
by ChrisC1990 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:53 am