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A Six Year Old Monster Found on the Buch!
by andrewdoggett » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:14 pm
Munros included on this walk: Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)
Date walked: 10/07/2011
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 800m13 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I pondered; which one was it to be; before settling on the Buch; it had to be the Buch... No blue pin for me today; I've already had the pleasure of this ridge; but it needed to be a special memory for them; they love to clamber about; and being so close to a road; this seemed an obvious choice with no long walk in. Mum needed a good wilderness fix too; and well I'll come back here again; I love this mountain...
As we topped out on Rannoch Moor and rounded the corner to the sight of Buachaille Etive Mor; we had two very excited children in the car pointing and screaming with excitement. I told them I thought it was too hard for them and we should pick an easier one, but we could have a crack if they wanted with a wink in my eye... Easy they said... The Buch it is...
So, meet my baby girl Megan (8) and my boy, Sam (6)...
Craig, my good friend also joined us with his stunning black labrador; Rocco (the goat). The weather was looking great and we were all set for a stunning day in the hills. Bliss...
If any of you are wondering how you get a six year old to climb a mountain without whining; despite this strange pain in the legs that they have no idea what is; then it's simple... Lollies...
We made fairly short work of the corrie; one stop half way up for drinks and lollies and the first sign of monsters munching on the Buch...
Sam was our lead climber / route finder and he was fairly flying up the mountain. What were large steps to us adults were full on climbing and scrambling for him... He loved it from the word go.
It was fun all the way up; with team boys largely leading team girls; well you'd expect that hey We stopped for photos on the steep bit; the favourite bit for the kids; fun they thuoght scrambling up.
And it wasn't long before four monsters mysteriously topped out on the main ridge with just the one perfectly timed stumble for the video...
Those of you that know this mountain will know that the hard work is now all done; and it's a simple stroll to the summit of the Buch. We headed straight on up pausing briefly for a pre-summit video interview...
We spent well over an hour on the summit; well why not; I mean where else would you want to be... We were on the edge of space; and everything about it was perfect...
Thanks to Craig; my kids loved him; and after my two months away in India was good to catch up in the hills... A cracking day in the hills where we just had fun in my back garden; the monsters said it was the biggest back garden they had ever seen They'll be back for a week in August, and we have a week in Torridon in October all booked up
To hell with the TV and Computer Games I say; when you have a back garden like this they're not required... Will my boy complete them all; maybe; I doubt it; that's my challenge; not his; but you never know...
As long as they both pursue their dreams and have their own adventures; whatever and wherever they end up being; then I'll be one happy Daddy;
Today, I'm content with just being Buch'ing proud of them; if you'll pardon my French...
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:48 pm
Here's wishing you all many more happy days in the great outdooors
Ps always enjoy looking at your photos, you have a real talent
by lomondwalkers » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:50 am
by Mainser » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:41 pm
Took my youngest who was 4 at the time up Ben Hope last year and she loved it, be up in a similar area again in August so maybe catch another with her
by skuk007 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:12 pm
by andrewdoggett » Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:49 pm
Mainser wrote:A great report and struck so many chords with me - I did it with my 10 year old daughter several years ago,
It's all about creating memories... I'm glad this reminded you of some happy ones
lomondwalkers wrote:A lovely report Andrew, the four of you look so happy on the hills
Thank you... They're special people; and life's too short not to be happy and larking about having fun...
morag1 wrote:Ps always enjoy looking at your photos, you have a real talent
Blush - thank you, but think you must have me confused with some of the other shooters - loads of great shots on this site from everyone...
monty wrote:What a lovely report Andrew. Well done on the two youngsters doing a big hill. Certainly beats sitting in with computer games or watching T.V. Superb
Thanks Monty - I'm training the boy to keep up with you
by pollyh33 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:54 pm
What a beautiful report. More a heart-warming account than a hillclimbing one! Totally loved the photo of you all bunched together lying on the grass. No wonder you hate being away from your family, they are adorable.!
No need to tell you how lucky you are, you already know it!!
by rockhopper » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:12 pm
by Jockstar » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:19 pm
by mountain-ju-drop » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:25 pm
My 3 have got their own bagging maps now and love the walking .... and the competition!
by Graeme D » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:32 pm
by gammy leg walker » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:18 pm
by old danensian » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:59 pm
A great one for them to claim as their first, but like Rockhopper I'm booking it for my 100.