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Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.


Postby Morecambe Monkey » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:38 pm

Route description: Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh

Munros included on this walk: Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh

Date walked: 20/06/2011

Time taken: 9.17 hours

Distance: 14 km

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Well i finally made it to Scotland! After a number of aborted trips(mainly down to the weather,suprisingly!) i arrived with hope in my heart for a week of climbing some big 'hills' & getting my first few Munro's under my belt.

Parking in the small space at Falls of Cruachan station,i donned my boots & at 10.35am headed off up the steps & under the railway(watch yer baldy head) for the hot,sweaty ascent through the trees to the dam. I must admit,i found it quite hard going at first, i'd not been out much in the previous couple of months & thus i wasn't what you'd call mountain fit.
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Clambering up the metal steps on to the top of the dam i headed left across it to find the track at the side of the reservoir. The flat walk along it came as a welcome,albeit brief respite. Taking the '2nd' path on the left i started the steep ascent to Coire Dearg & thankfully found my legs had finally loosened up & i headed on up until i reached the small Lochan at the Bealach between Meall Cuanail & the main top of Ben Cruachan itself. The climb onwards was pretty relentless but i was rather enjoying it now,knowing that my goal was not far away with the views getting better with every step.
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Suddenly i was at the summit, a combined feeling of relief & exhilaration sweeping over me as i stood there taking it all in with a stupid grin on my face. It had taken me 3 hours & 25 minutes from leavimg the car. I sat for quite some time taking it all in,breathtaking 360 degree views & i had it all to myself.
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After a refuel i headed on to the lovely looking ridge leading to Stob Diamh & quickly reached the stone slabs where i decided i'd rather cross these than descend/reascend by the avoider path. Stepping up onto the slab i overstretched & AARRGGHH.the seering pain as cramp shot through my left thigh & then again this time in my right thigh. I gingerly got myself down onto the lower path where i rested,took on plenty of fluids & some more food. Deciding to continue i took it easy for a while & fortunately the cramp didn't return. The rest of the walk was pretty straight forward taking in the top of Drochaid Ghlas before reaching Stob Diamh where i spent 45 minutes just relaxing & looking at the superb views back to Cruachan.
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Descended via Stob Garbh & the boggy path back to the reservoir & dam where the outward path was rejoined. A truely awesome day out,i didn't see a single soul all day, my first Munro will certainly live long in the memory. 9 hours 17 minutes start to finish.
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby gammy leg walker » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:48 pm

Ben Cruachan for your first munro is pretty awesome MM & fine day also,does not come much better than that
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby Paul Webster » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:39 am

Great first Munros MM - and good report too :thumbup: - addicted yet?
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby pollyh33 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:45 am

Loved your report MM- smashing stuff :D
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby ChrisW » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:08 am

Great effort MM and a hard push for the first one but you were rewarded with having the mountain to yourself, which is always great. The cramp in the thighs sounds painful though :shock: .....now you're hooked you'll be back before you know it :D
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby Graeme D » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:16 am

Welcome to the world of Munros. An excellent choice for number 1. It is a brutal old start up through the trees from the railway tunnel though. :shock:
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby chickadee » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:32 am

Hooray for first one! Are you addicted now, as they all say happens? :D
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby csimbad » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:10 pm

Good Stuff MM, nice pics and report looks like a very good day.
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby Morecambe Monkey » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:37 pm

Cheers for the positive responses to my first posting.
As for getting the bug/addicted,that'll be a resounding AYE!!! Hoping to make it up again later next month when i've got a few days off.
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby frickletonh » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:18 pm

I was up on Tuesday 28th, again never seen a soul except 2 workies at the Substation next to the dam - had a fantastic day at it - only time the cloud came in was when we were on top of Cruachan!!
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby Morag M » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:10 am

Well done, 8) glad you got a good day for it, enjoyed your report & Pics, I'm planning these two next so thanks for posting :D
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby Holly » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:13 am

Someone said brutal from the initial start up through the forest,,,,, the are absolutely right :)
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby PeteR » Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:58 pm

Good effort on a great walk. And good weather to boot. I love the 'granny stopper' as you start to head off Cruachan's summit :lol: Here's to plenty more great hill walks for you :D
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Re: Ben Cruachan: My first Munro at last.

Postby JonetCol » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:24 pm

Great start and well done!!!
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