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Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN


Postby Bod » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:27 pm

Route description: Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh, Bridge of Orchy

Munros included on this walk: Beinn an Dothaidh, Beinn Dorain

Date walked: 17/09/2011

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 13.1 km

Ascent: 1249m

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We were up and away in good time leaving from Cowdenbeath heading for Bridge of Orchy to climb Beinn Dorain and its neighbour Beinn an Dothaidh. All was going well, feeling fresh for a Saturday morning, and certainly in better fettle than last Saturday :oops: , when suddenly I was faced with potential arrest and confined to a petrol station shop check-out area! :(
I was informed that I would be reported to the Bobbys the second I left the shop as I had filled up the mondeo with diesel and had no cash or cards! This was up in Perth, so hardly round the corner. I had very untypically put my cagoule on at home leaving my normal jacket over the banister. Valerie came in wondering what was I up to now, to discover I was under shop arrest! :shock: And she was eager to get to the mountains.....her reaction was "Bod! Call the police yourself, at which point the manager offered that I could call a friend and he would take card details. After calling around and ringing phones of my good friends at 7.40am on a Saturday morning I resolved this situation and was granted FREEDOM! :D :D :D (This was not the end of my suffering though for having nae cash today, read on!)

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I knew from the outset as we left Bridge of Orchy Hotel that nae money meant nae beer after the walk! This was also a pub that needed my visiting as I had never been in before and I had been looking forward to a wee Shandy to revive me for the trip home! (Also, in the back of mind was fish n'chips!)
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Valerie and Ritchie.
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Coire an Dothaidh lies ahead.
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A fine wee spot - what's burn and what's path though?
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A bonnie bog on our first mountain Beinn an Dothaidh. We had chosen this first hoping that we might be lucky and see the clag clear later on Beinn Dorain. Perhaps hopeful thinking, but it was distracting me effectively from my dreams of a pint in the pub below later on.
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Making good progress.....
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Drookit heading for our first summit of the day!
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Ritchie and I, wet but happy!
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Valerie resting before we head back to the Bealach.
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The Bealach again.
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A glimpse through to Loch Tulla - the clouds have opened a window? Or have they?
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Valerie dancing in the rain, happy with herself having nicked my overmitts.
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After arriving at the first top we pressed on to the summit!
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The link path towards the highest summit. Some tend to stop at the first summit and miss this path that heads up again, if you look far enough in the clag.
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Valerie just behind me 2 minutes from Beinn Dorain's highest point.
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The glistening rock, just 2 or 3 steps to go.....and look! The sun is up there!
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Ritchie, surprised to see the sun too!
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The true cairn on top of the mountain.
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Whow! Huge drops down into the glen below with the West Highland Way.
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My favourite picture of the day! Moments, beautiful moments of mountain scenery and enlightening airs. Valerie had said all along that we might get a clearing on top of Beinn Dorain.....oh how happy we were to climb this one second.
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The Lochan on the way back down. Lots more clag!
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At the Bealach 3rd time around, and oh what a glorious sight. The pub nestled below! But what was I to do....
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The under-pass at Bridge of Orchy Station, kind of unusual for the foot of a Munro.
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Back to the Pub! Desperate with no cash I found myself even considering begging off the few West Highland Way walkers that were lingering around. I thought better of it though and stood with my tongue hanging out at the lounge bar doors. We even had time to spend an hour or so chilling before heading home. Ach-well!
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OH NO! No haddock for us today!
Driving by the Real Food Stop I also thought of going in and asking for credit! We tend to drop in here and always leave well fed and happy. But tonight I had to share a packet of crisps and a boost bar rather than a braw fish supper or a venison burger...mmmmm. All and all yet another fantastic day out in the Scottish landscape! :D :D :D
Last edited by Bod on Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:50 pm, edited 20 times in total.
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Re: Pennyless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:32 pm

:eh: :eh: :eh: Nae photies or wurds Bod
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Re: Pennyless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby Bod » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:33 pm

Oh! they are coming gammy! :lol:
gammy leg walker wrote::eh: :eh: :eh: Nae photies or wurds Bod
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:57 pm

Hurry up

I want to read about your suffering :lol:
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby ChrisW » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:01 pm

Shame about the grotty weather Bod, real pain about the wallet too (I've been there once too, in first class on a train to London with no ticket or wallet) don't know the rest of your story as the words seem to have dried up :lol:
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby Bod » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:02 pm

I am, I am...... :lol:
Merry-walker wrote:Hurry up

I want to read about your suffering :lol:
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby Bod » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:06 pm

Oh there are more words coming Chris! :crazy:
ChrisW wrote:Shame about the grotty weather Bod, real pain about the wallet too (I've been there once too, in first class on a train to London with no ticket or wallet) don't know the rest of your story as the words seem to have dried up :lol:
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:10 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

We'll be patient... :D
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:10 pm

Just hurry up

ha ha
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:55 pm

So thats why you 2 were trying to get everyone number at the walkhighlands meet :lol:

I would have gave your mate a phone to pay for the chippy as well :D
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:26 pm

Oh Bod and Val, what a report!

Must confess that I couldn't concentrate because I was too busy thinking of a way round your lack of funds. I'm thinking you have had a fab meal and drinks at Br of Orchy, then when presented with the bill , you could confess that you have no cash/card. Surely they would have some kind of invoicing system for this type of thing. Its not like they can demand their goods back!!! :lol:
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby andrewdoggett » Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:28 pm

Woo hop; another two down... Congrats...

The Bridge of Itchy is lovely as well; do some nice Scones and Latte's I hear... Personally I'd have done a runner :?
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:23 pm

andrewdoggett wrote:Woo hop; another two down... Congrats...

The Bridge of Itchy is lovely as well; do some nice Scones and Latte's I hear... Personally I'd have done a runner :?


Runner? You? I don't think so!!! :lol:
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby Graeme D » Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:28 pm

Hey Bod, that's you drawn level with me on the Munro count now! Dothaidh is the only hill where I've been blown clean off my feet by the wind! Nice to see you, Valerie and Ritchie out again this weekend. I was house-bound! Next weekend though! As chance would have it, we're staying at the Bridge of Orchy (leaving Ailsa and Lucy with my mum and dad). Hopefully get the Aonach Eagach done. Stayed there several times before but always in the bunkhouse - doing it in style this time in the hotel itself. Must make sure I remember my wallet to pay for all that lovely food and beer! :lol:
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Re: Penniless, threatened with arrest and up BEINN DORAIN

Postby mrssanta » Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:36 pm

that pic from the top with the sun breaking through is just fantastic, worth it just for that view! :D
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