A bit late posting this write up, but just taking the opportunity to update my walk reports for the year - quite happy to have bagged over 40 munros in three trips this year .
After being driven back by the snow with Neil on Beinn Dubhchraig in February I returned in April with Joe intend on bagging the Ben Lui group.
After knocking of Beinn a Chleibh the day before we set out from the 'By the Way' hostel in Tyndrum in fine weather, however as we started up Beinn Dubhchraig the rain started and got heavier and heavier as we climbed.
We had a spot of lunch inside the shelter of a bivvy sack near the lochans just below the summit.
We followed the route description that took us round to the south side of Ben Oss before summitting.
Pressing on to Ben Lui we had another break just after Creag Dhubh a Bhealaich in the hope that the weather would ease off, but it didn't so we had to press on.
On the exposed SE shoulder Joseph just stopped at one point and said he needed to rest - at the time we were soaked through and being blasted by a strong and icy wind with no shelter for another hundred metres or so. I explained as kindly as i could that if we stopped moving at this point we risked hypothermia and encouraged him to push on for the shelter of some rocks.
A short breather and we set off again and now headed into the snow line.
A short time later we were at the summit, we passed a couple of walkers on the way down who commented that my legs must be cold (i was wearing shorts).
All that remained was the long descent and walk back to Tyndrum, although by the time we got back the sun was shining and we sat outside the Green Welly enjoying ice-creams
I was quite pleased with joe's effort - it had been a tough day and he hadn't complained too much - he even said he might make another trip up with me to add to his 6 munros.
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